Asian carriers Vietnam Airlines and Garuda Indonesia have agreed to an extended partnership including more codeshares and working together on MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) operations.

The CEOs of the two Skyteam members signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work more closely together during an event in Indonesia.

As part of the deal, the carriers will extend their existing codeshare agreement on to additional routes including Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City-Singapore, Singapore-Jakarta/Bali and Jakarta-Bali.

Pahala Mansury, CEO of Garuda Indonesia said: “We are pleased to announce this partnership with Vietnam Airlines which extends our network even further within the south-east Asia.

“Vietnam is an important market for Indonesia and through this partnership we can offer increased travel options for the increasing number of passengers travelling between the two countries.”

Vietnam Airlines CEO Duong Tri Thanh added: “This MOU takes our co-operation further in the direction of a solid and mutually beneficial partnership, helping both airlines achieve the vast potential of the market.”

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