Vietnam Airlines and Turkish Airlines expand air cargo co-operation

Vietnam Airlines and Turkish Airlines yesterday signed an agreement to further foster co-operation in the air cargo sector.

The airlines say the agreement will bring long-term benefits to their air cargo customers as they plan a joint venture to provide a larger, faster network with enhanced direct flights, a wider range of destinations and increased frequencies.

Combining their resources, the airlines will support increased efficiency in the use of their aircraft capacities and further boost their position in global competition.

Dang Ngoc Hoa, chairman of the board of directors of Vietnam Airlines, said: “The co-operation between Vietnam Airlines and Turkish Airlines was established on the basis of mutual benefit.

“Turkish Airlines will benefit from expanding the scale of its transportation network to previously limited areas such as Oceania and Northeast Asia through the advantages offered by Vietnam’s central geographical location as a transit point.

“Furthermore, by using freighters and connecting to Turkish Airlines’ global network of 345 destinations around the world, Vietnam Airlines will be able to significantly expand its scale.

“We hope this co-operation will facilitate Vietnam’s position and advancement towards becoming one of the leading logistics centres in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Bilal Ekşi, CEO of Turkish Airlines, added: “Asia is one of our most important markets. Our efforts to increase our presence on this prominent continent continue unabated with our competent teams and research and development activities.

“In an era where global aviation is shifting from West to East, these efforts are even more meaningful. I hope the collaboration we have started with Vietnam Airlines will be beneficial and fruitful for both countries and both flag carriers.”