10 JULY 2017
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An agreement to create a new trans-Pacific joint venture to benefit passengers has been launched by Delta Air Lines and Korean Air. The partners say it will offer an enhanced and expanded network, industry-leading products and service and a “seamless customer experience” between the US and Asia.
The pact is the latest expansion of a partnership between the carriers starting in 2000 when they became co-founders of the SkyTeam alliance. The combined network created covers more than 290 destinations in the Americas and 80-plus in Asia.
Features include expanded codesharing in the trans-Pacific market, joint sales and marketing initiatives in Asia and the US, co-location at key hubs with seamless passenger and baggage transit experience and enhanced frequent flyer benefits.
In anticipation of the agreement, Delta recently launched new non-stop service between Atlanta and Seoul, complementing Korean Air's existing service and providing US customers with greater access to destinations across Asia.
Korean Air is continuing to expand its US – Korea network, with the introduction of a third round-trip Los Angeles – Seoul service and a second San Francisco – Seoul flight.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian, who signed the deal with Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho, said: “This is a world-class partnership.”
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