Delta expands KLM codeshare

Delta Air Lines is adding 14 new codeshare flights operated by SkyTeam partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, effective Dec. 1. Delta Offers Customers Access to Seven More European Destinations with Expanded KLM Codeshare Service
Customers will enjoy connecting KLM service to 17 destinations beyond Amsterdam
ATLANTA, Nov. 10, 2006 - Delta Air Lines will improve customers’ access to seven popular Western and Central European destinations with 14 new codeshare flights operated by SkyTeam partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, effective Dec. 1. With the new service, customers will be able to fly between Delta’s U.S. gateways and Amsterdam and conveniently connect to nonstop flights to or from Bremen, Germany; Aberdeen, Scotland; Luxembourg; Riga, Latvia; Bergen, Norway; Stavanger, Norway; and Newcastle, England within five hours of arrival.
The new flights expand on 10 existing KLM markets where Delta customers currently enjoy connecting service beyond Amsterdam: Stockholm, Warsaw, Hamburg, Oslo, Bucharest, Gothenburg, Hanover, Nuremberg, Birmingham and Helsinki.
Said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president of Network Planning and Revenue Management, “Our customers know Delta is the leading airline between the U.S. and Europe. What they may not know is that we offer an extensive network of connections beyond our partners’ hubs around the world. Now there are even more opportunities for Delta customers traveling through KLM’s burgeoning Amsterdam hub to connect to destinations throughout Europe.”
The new codeshare flights will be available for sale in all major reservations systems effective Nov. 11, 2006, for flights departing Dec. 1 and beyond. Delta intends to grow its codeshare services across KLM’s network to more than 30 destinations, pending foreign government approvals.
Members of Delta’s SkyMiles program and KLM’s Flying Blue can earn miles for redemption awards and elite qualification on flights operated by Delta and KLM. Customers can redeem frequent flyer miles interchangeably on any of the other SkyTeam member airlines. In addition, international first and business class passengers as well as SkyTeam Elite Plus traveling in economy are able to access airport lounges across the respective networks of the SkyTeam carriers.