Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, announced a codeshare agreement with Vietnam Airlines.

The announcement takes Etihad’s total of codeshare partners to 33. Passengers on both airlines will be able to take advantage of the agreement from October 30, 2011.

The agreement will allow Etihad guests to connect seamlessly through Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi on Vietnam Airlines’ daily services.

Likewise, Vietnam Airlines passengers from either destination will be able to connect through Bangkok to Etihad’s base in Abu Dhabi.

Etihad operates a double daily service to Bangkok.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways CEO, said: “The codeshare agreement with Vietnam Airlines offers our passengers yet more destinations and connectivity while demonstrating our ambition to develop our presence in Asia. Both Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi are cities with much to offer both business and leisure travellers.”