The European carrier plans three weekly services on the HCMC-Paris run,
using Boeing 747-400 planes, then Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) as
part of a new code-share agreement with the newly admitted SkyTeam
member Vietnam Airlines.
Under the agreement, AirFrance proposes to its customers 13 frequencies
per week from Vietnam to Paris. Besides its current daily services from
Hanoi and HCMC to Paris, Air France’s customers will be able to board
six weekly flights operated by Vietnam Airlines using the Air France
Air France announced more choices for passengers on the routes linking
Paris and Vietnam at a time when the number of French visitors to
Vietnam has been picking up steadily this year after a period of
French arrivals in Vietnam in 2009 fell 4.1% over the year before to
more than 174,500, but started to rebound since February this year with
a year-on-year double-digit increase. Figures of the General Statistics
Office show Vietnam attracted over 91,300 French travelers in the first
five months of this year, up 10.5% from the same period last year.
The number of French visitors to Vietnam is expected to continue an
upward trend toward the end of this year given major cultural and
historical events, including Hue Festival in the former imperial
capital of Hue earlier this month and the 1000th anniversary
celebration of Thang Long-Hanoi in October.
Air France and Vietnam Airlines will jointly run the routes, with six
return flights between Paris and Hanoi and seven return flights between
Paris and HCMC from July 3 to October 30, 2010.
Vietnam Airlines will conduct six of the 13 flights using the AirFrance
code, including three for HCMC and three for Hanoi. The flagship
carrier of Vietnam now has weekly direct flights between the two
The code-share agreement enables Vietnam Airlines to fly six times a
week between Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC and Charles de
Gaulle Airport in Paris, and five weekly services between Noi Bai
International Airport in Hanoi and Paris as from November 2010.
Vietnam Airlines now offers a round-trip fare to Paris from US$812
excluding taxes and surcharges. This economy-class fare applies to the
tickets issued on June 30 at the latest for travel between now and July
Currently, Air France has seven flights via Bangkok to Hanoi and HCMC.
An economy-class two-way ticket booked at www.airfrance.com.vn starts
from US$89 for the trip to Bangkok and from US$850 to Paris.
Air France has been active on the existing routes to Hanoi and HCMC
since 2005 when the airline terminated a code-share pact with Vietnam
Airlines for non-stopweekly flights to Vietnam to concentrate on other
New opportunities have opened for both carriers when the global air
travel demand is rebounding and especially after Vietnam Airlines
became a full member of SkyTeam earlier this month.
Air France said in a statement that the framework of Skyteam would
bring new opportunities to the two airlines to further enhance their