ATLANTA, April 30, 2002—Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today announced that, starting Wednesday, its customers will have expanded travel opportunities to Asia when Delta and its SkyTeam partner Korean Air begin codesharing on eight flights between the United States and Korea.
Delta will start codesharing on Korean Air flights from Anchorage, Alaska; New York (JFK), Los Angeles, Washington (Dulles), Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Honolulu and San Francisco to Seoul (Incheon), South Korea, and from Los Angeles to Narita, Japan. Delta also will codeshare on Korean Air flights from Seoul to Osaka and Narita, Japan. Within Korea, Delta will codeshare on flights to Pusan. Effective May 21, when Korean Air inaugurates nonstop Incheon to Atlanta service, Delta will add its code to these flights.
Seouls Incheon airport is located between two key aviation routes the North Pacific air route linking Southeast Asia, as well as the North America and Siberian air routes, connecting Northeast Asia and Europe. The airport offers greater connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region than any other airport in the area. As the geographic center of the region, the airport is almost equidistant about two hours from Beijing and Tokyo. More than 40 major cities are within a four-hour flight and more than 1 billion people reside within 620 miles of Incheon.
SkyTeam members AeroMexico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta and Korean Air provide a route network concentrated in the most competitive markets where nearly 80 percent of airline travelers want to fly.
The six carriers offer frequent flyers the opportunity to earn miles when flying any of the member airlines. These miles can be exchanged for rewards (such as tickets on any SkyTeam airline). Furthermore, top-tier flyers on each of the alliance airlines automatically attain SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus status with enhanced benefits that are additional to all member airlines current frequent flyer program offerings. SkyTeam Elite members receive priority waitlist for reservations and at the airport, as well as separate check-in.
Customers with Elite Plus status qualify for the aforementioned benefits as well as guaranteed economy-class reservations, priority baggage handling, and access to more than 300 SkyTeam airport lounges for international trips, regardless of travel class.
Delta customers will benefit from significant increases in flight frequencies and connecting opportunities to the major destinations in Asia and the Pacific rim with the reinstatement of the codeshare with Korean Air.
Korean Air, with a fleet of 121 aircraft, is one of the world`s top 20 airlines and operates almost 400 passenger flights per day to 80 cities in 29 countries. More on Korean Air`s programs, routes, frequency and partners is available at www.koreanair.com.
Delta Air Lines, the worlds second largest carrier in terms of passengers carried and the leading U.S. airline across the Atlantic, offers 5,581 flights each day to 410 destinations in 72 countries on Delta, Delta Express, Delta Shuttle, Delta Connection and Deltas worldwide partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. For more information, please go to delta.com