Japan Airlines (JL) and Vietnam Airlines (VN) agreed June 17 to open a new code share flight between Nagoya (Chubu) and HCM City from July 29,2005. As a result, the number of routes between Japan and Vietnam will increase to six and the number of cities served in Japan to four. JAL and Vietnam Airlines together offer the biggest network of routes and flights between the two countries offering 34 flights per week to travellers flying from Japan to Vietnam.
From July 29, JAL and Vietnam Airlines will offer three code share flights a week from Nagoya’s recently opened Chubu International Airport (also known as Centrair). Flight operations will be handled by Vietnam Airlines Boeing 767 aircraft and crews.
JAL and Vietnam Airlines’ code share cooperation goes back to April 1996 when the two airlines inaugurated code share flights on the Osaka (Kansai)-Ho Chi Minh route. The network now includes code share operations on five routes between the two countries, linking two cities in Vietnam with three cities in Japan. Currently JAL and Vietnam Airlines operate code share flights on these five routes: Tokyo-Ho Chi Minh, Tokyo-Hanoi, Osaka-Ho Chi Minh, Osaka-Hanoi and Fukuoka-HCM City.