Delta Air Lines and Korean Air have received the green light to proceed with a planned trans-Pacific joint venture.
Approval by the US Department of Transportation was a “significant step” in the creation of the joint initiative, the two airlines said.
They have also applied for approval for the joint venture from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
The planned joint venture will create a combined network serving more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.
Delta started new non-stop service between Atlanta and Seoul earlier this year in anticipation of the joint venture.
The flight complements Korean Air’s existing service and provides US travellers with greater access to destinations across Asia.
Korean Air operates to ten gateways in the US while Delta has three gateways from Seoul along with non-stop service to six other gateways in Asia.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian said: “We thank the DoT for approving this world-class partnership, which will create more choices, frequencies and destinations for customers travelling between the key markets in the U.S. and Asia.
“We look forward to offering our customers the leading customer experience across the Pacific, with seamless connections, world class facilities and amenities on the ground and in the air, as well as substantial frequent flyer benefits.”
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