UPS, the global cargo and logistics company and Vietjet Air have announced a new agreement that will allow the companies to provide enhanced cargo delivery capabilities across Asia by leveraging each other’s aircraft capabilities and networks.
The agreement will provide Vietjet Air with access to UPS’s global network via UPS ‘browntail’ aircraft, while UPS will be able to tap into Vietjet’s cargo network in Vietnam, Thailand, and other Asia locations, to serve more locations in Southeast Asia at faster speeds.
In late September UPS and Vietjet did a test cargo flight from Vietnam to the U.S. The flight originated in Hanoi, flew to Incheon, South Korea where it was refueled while delivering and receiving South Korean cargo, and then flew onward to the U.S.
Since the successful “test” flight, the same service has been operated with one flight per week, and UPS and Vietjet said that more flights will be added as demand increases.
The types of cargo that have been transported on the Vietnam – U.S. flights include electronic parts, garments, medical goods, seafood and other time-critical goods. The origins of the goods include Vietnam and other Southeast Asia locations with destinations for those goods being both South Korea and the United States.
Additional cargo flights have also been conducted between Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur using UPS planes, as well as Vietjet flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
Russell Reed, Managing Director for UPS in Vietnam and Thailand discussed the agreement with Vietjet Air and said: “The agreement with Vietjet comes at a significant time for trade in Vietnam.
As Vietnam’s economy embraces growth momentum, the country is poised to benefit from shifts in global manufacturing and trade flows, and UPS, together with Vietjet, hope to expand import and export opportunities for businesses of all sizes in Vietnam, enabling them to trade with greater ease and confidence on a global scale.”
Do Xuan Quang, CEO of Vietjet Cargo also discussed the tie-up with UPS and said: “The cooperation with UPS paves the way for Vietjet to make Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Bangkok regional logistics hubs for one-stop-shop cargo transportation services from Asia to Western destinations as we further expand our domestic flight network in the countries and boost international services not just within Southeast Asia but also in Northeast Asia.”