By The Nation
This strategic partnership also marks the first collaboration between Vietjet and Grab, which operates a super-app, with the aim of offering the Vietnamese market quality services.
Vietjet and Grab says they will leverage on technological advantages to develop low-cost solutions for road and air mobility. The two parties will focus on research and development into a digital platform integration between the two companies to increase convenience for consumers for the Southeast Asian markets.
With technological solutions of Swift247, Grab and Vietjet will be able to connect air flights with road transportation in express delivery services. In the first phase, Swift247 customers will be able to deliver their goods via GrabExpress delivery services on Grab platform and Vietjet aircraft within five hours between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Customers can track the delivery process on the website and Swift247 application. In the future, the parties will integrate Swift247 services into the Grab open platform.
Vietjet president and CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao said: "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 believes that this partnership will bring in new changes in local delivery market, and create unique experience to consumers, and able to 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 consumers of Vietjet need.”
Tommy Nguyen, a representative of Swift247, 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. With Vietjet's wide range of airline routes to domestic and international destinations and Grab’s unicorn position and extensive driver partners and users base, customers will be able to experience a convenient and reliable delivery service, supported by technology”.
Jerry Lim, country head of Grab Vietnam, said: “Grab has been serving everyday needs of one fourth of Vietnam’s population, with the ecosystem of a super app providing a wide range of everyday services.
“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, to bring more value added services to people across the country. Especially, the strategic partnership with Swift247 and Vietjet proves our strong commitment in investing more toward the digitalization of transport infrastructure, helping local enterprises to expand regionally and developing home-grown startups.”
The partnership further expands current GrabExpress’ services
With more than 400 daily flights and 129 routes covering local and international destinations including Vietnamese landscapes, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea, Vietjet provides domestic and international cargo services. Partnering with Grab and Swift247 helps to bring more choices to Vietjet’s customers, the partners said.