Vietnam’s low-cost airline Vietjet, technology startup Swift247, and ride-hailing firm Grab will run super express delivery services that transport goods between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City within five hours, the carrier said this week in a press release.
In Vietnam, the three partners signed an MoU on Wednesday on comprehensive cooperation to provide solutions for connecting road and air travel to customers across Southeast Asia, while offering super express delivery services in the Vietnamese market, according to the press release.
This strategic partnership also marks the first collaboration between Vietjet and Grab, with the aim of offering the Vietnamese market the best quality services, bringing the highest benefits to customers and the community.
The strategic partnership allows Vietjet and Grab to leverage technological advantages to develop low-cost solutions for road and air mobility.
The two parties will focus on research and development of the digital platform integration between the two companies to increase convenience for consumers, and aim to expand the cooperation from Vietnam to Southeast Asian markets.
With technological solutions of Swift247, Grab and Vietjet will be able to connect air flights with road transportation in super express delivery service.
In the first phase, Swift247 customers will be able to deliver their goods quickly via GrabExpress delivery services on Grab’s platform and Vietjet aircraft within 5 hours between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Customers can track the delivery process on the website and Swift247 application conveniently and effectively.
In the future, the parties will look forward to the ability to integrate Swift247 services into Grab’s open platform to bring convenience and accessibility to their consumers.
"We are witnessing a partnership between an airline with the largest number of domestic passengers in Vietnam with an e-hailing app with the most extensive driver partner fleets in Southeast Asia and a next generation startup,” Vietjet president and CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao said at the signing ceremony.
“Vietjet believes that this partnership will usher in new changes in the local delivery market, create unique experiences for consumers, and meet increasing demand for good delivery services.”
This is also a new step on the path to becoming a ‘consumer airline,’ providing all kinds of services that Vietjet consumers need, she said.
“As a startup, we are happy to cooperate with the two big names in the field of transport connection and aviation like Grab and Vietjet,” Tommy Nguyen, representative of Swift247, acknowledged.
“With Vietjet's wide range of airline routes to domestic and international destinations and Grab’s unicorn position and extensive driver partner and user base, customers will be able to experience a convenient and reliable delivery service, all supported by technology.”
“Grab has been serving the everyday needs of one-fourth of Vietnam’s population, with the ecosystem of a super app providing a wide range of everyday services,” said Jerry Lim, country head of Grab Vietnam.
“This shows that Grab has become a strong and go-to partner of leading conglomerates and enterprises of Vietnam, and the trust of local partners on Grab’s leading position.
“We believe the strategic partnership with Vietjet and Swift247 is the first step for Grab to thrive for deeper cooperation with Sovico Holdings, one of the leading conglomerates of Vietnam, and to bring more value-added services to people across the country.
“Especially, the strategic partnership with Swift247 and Vietjet proves our strong commitment to investing more in the digitalization of transport infrastructure, helping local enterprises to expand regionally, and developing home-grown startups.”
Vietjet operates more than 400 daily flights and 129 routes covering local and international destinations including Vietnamese landscapes, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea, carrying more than 80 million passengers and also providing domestic and international cargo services.
Swift247 is a Vietnamese company that develops express delivery and e-commerce services, planning to bring door-to-door and door-to-office express delivery throughout Southeast Asia where Vietjet’s network route and Grab’s services are available.
Grab is one of the most frequently used O2O mobile platforms in Southeast Asia, providing the everyday services that matter most to consumers, including commuting, eating, shopping, and paying with an e-wallet.