KLM inks major Delta codeshare deal

SkyTeam carriers KLM and Delta have announced they will start 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.
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