SkyTeam carriers KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Delta Air Lines are beginning codesharing to destinations from their Amsterdam, Atlanta and New York JFK hubs, following approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this year. The two carriers will provide customers with service to destinations in the United States and Europe through these hubs.
Initially, KLM plans to codeshare on Delta flights to 14 U.S. destinations from Atlanta (Birmingham, Nashville, Charlotte, Charleston, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Greenville, Kahului (Hawaii), Kansas City, Miami, Orlando, Raleigh, San Antonio and Tampa), as well as between New York’s JFK and Atlanta. KLM intends to grow the number of codeshare services across Delta’s network.
Delta plans to codeshare on KLM flights to 10 European destinations via Amsterdam (Stockholm, Warsaw, Hamburg, Oslo, Bucharest, Gothenburg, Hanover, Nuremberg, Birmingham and Helsinki). Delta intends to grow its codeshare services across KLM’s network, pending foreign government approvals. Arend de Jong, KLM’s senior vice president Network said: “Our ability to add codes on Delta flights complements our existing codeshare services with our other US SkyTeam partners Northwest and Continental. This gives our customers even greater flexibility and options as Delta serves many unique destinations and offers strong connection opportunities”.
Since September 2004 members of the Air France - KLM Flying Blue program can earn mileage credit on all Delta coded flights. In addition, Flying Blue members may redeem their earned miles for travel on all Delta operated flights. Members of Delta’s SkyMiles program can also earn mileage credit when traveling on all KLM coded flights. Conversely, SkyMiles members may redeem their earned miles for travel on all KLM operated flights. This development further strengthens the frequent flyer relationship between the two SkyTeam partners.