Delta Air Lines and Korean Air will launch a new joint venture partnership that will offer customers benefits across one of the most comprehensive route networks in the trans-Pacific market.
The joint venture has now been approved by regulatory authorities in the US and Korea, including the US Department of Transportation and the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
The expansive combined network formed by this partnership gives Delta and Korean’s shared customers seamless access to more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.
The airlines will work closely together to bring customers the full benefits of the partnership, including joint growth in the trans-Pacific market, optimised schedules, a more seamless customer experience, improved loyalty program benefits, integrated IT systems, joint sales and marketing activities, and co-location at key hubs.
Delta chief executive officer (CEO), Ed Bastian said: “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.”
Delta and Korean will implement full reciprocal codesharing on each other’s networks and work together to provide the best travel experience for customers between US and Asia.
They will also offer improved reciprocal loyalty program benefits, including providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn more miles on Korean Air’s SKYPASS program and Delta’s SkyMiles program.
Both carriers will also begin implementing joint sales and marketing initiatives and increase the belly cargo cooperation across the trans-Pacific.
Korean chairman and CEO, 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.”
Earlier this year, Delta and Korean co-located into the new, state-of-the-art Terminal 2 at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN), reducing connecting times for customers.
One of the world’s largest airports, ICN has among the fastest connection times in the region and Delta anticipates ICN will continue to grow as a major Asia gateway for Delta and Korean.
Delta is the only US carrier to offer nonstop service to three major US gateways, including Seattle, Detroit and Atlanta from ICN, while Korean is the largest trans-Pacific carrier.