PHOTO: Korean Air Boeing 787. (photo by Paul Thompson)
Delta Air Lines and Korean Air have announced the expansion of their partnership, which includes growing the trans-Pacific network and boosting competition between the United States and Asia.
The two airlines signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday that will provide both Delta Air Lines and Korean Air passengers with access to comprehensive route networks, airline products, airport facilities and customer service.
As part of the joint venture arrangement, the two airlines will share the costs and revenues on flights and coordinating schedules. Delta and Korean Air will also create a combined network that will reach more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.
“This agreement deepens our longstanding partnership with Korean Air and will provide the global access and seamless service our customers demand,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a statement. “We look forward to providing customers of both carriers with industry-leading service between the U.S. and Asia.”
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The agreement between Delta and Korean Air will also include enhanced frequent flyer benefits, expanded codesharing, joint growth in the trans-Pacific market and improved passenger and baggage transit experiences.
In June, Delta will launch a new non-stop service between Atlanta and Seoul, South Korea. Later this summer, Korean Air will also introduce a third roundtrip flight between Los Angeles and Seoul, as well as a second flight between San Francisco and Seoul.
For more information on the partnership between the two airlines, check out the official website of Delta Air Lines.