Delta-Korean Air joint venture cleared for take off

Delta-Korean Air joint venture cleared for take off

Regulatory authorities in the US and Korea have approved Delta Air Lines’ joint venture with Korean Air.

The two carriers plan to create one of the most comprehensive trans-Pacific route networks.

Delta and Korean Air’s shared passengers will gain access to more than 290 destinations in the Americas and over 80 in Asia.

Optimised schedules, a more seamless customer experience, improved loyalty scheme benefits, integrated IT systems, joint sales and marketing activities, and co-location at key hubs are among the plans being worked on.

Delta and Korean Air will:

• Implement full reciprocal codesharing on each other’s networks
• Offer improved reciprocal loyalty programme benefits, including providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn more miles on Korean Air’s SKYPASS and Delta’s SkyMiles
• Begin implementing joint sales and marketing initiatives

Delta is the only US carrier to offer non-stop service from the major gateways of Seattle, Detroit and Atlanta to Seoul, while Korean Air is the largest trans-Pacific carrier.

The two airlines co-located into a state-of-the-art new Terminal 2 at Incheon airport earlier this year, reducing connecting times for passengers.

Delta expects that Seoul Incheon airport will continue to grow as a major Asia gateway.

Delta chief executive Ed Bastian said: “This is an exciting time for customers of both Delta and Korean Air as we launch our trans-Pacific partnership.

“Our expanded partnership means a host of new destinations and travel options across Asia and North America, with seamless connectivity, world-class reliability and the industry’s best customer service.”

Korean Air chief executive Yang Ho Cho added: “With the recent relocation to Terminal 2 at Incheon airport alongside with Delta, we will be able to provide seamless service to our customers.

“Korean Air will provide extensive support to develop a successful partnership with Delta.”

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