(By Debbie Egerton, Delta Air Lines)
Delta Air Lines and Korean Air took a significant step in the creation of their trans-Pacific joint venture with approval of the joint venture by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The DOT approval reflects the consumer benefits that will be created by the new joint venture.
The two carriers will deepen their relationship, offering customers in the U.S. and Asia an enhanced and expanded flight network as well as more compelling travel options.
Approval marks significant milestone in creation of leading joint venture between the United States and Asia.
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The airlines have also applied for approval for the joint venture from the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
“We thank the DOT for approving this world-class partnership, which will create more choices, frequencies and destinations for customers traveling between the key markets in the U.S. and Asia,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s Chief Executive Officer.
“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.”
The joint venture will create a combined network serving more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia, providing customers of both airlines with more travel choices than ever before.
The two airlines will also expand codeshare flights on trans-Pacific routes. Customers will benefit from enhanced frequent flyer benefits, providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn and redeem miles on Delta’s SkyMiles and Korean Air’s SKYPASS program.
In addition, co-location at key airports including Incheon Terminal 2 which will provide customers with a seamless connection and baggage transit experience.
Under the agreement, the airlines will share costs and revenues on flights within the scope of the joint venture as they work to expand service options for travelers. (Full Story Here)