Korean Air and Delta Air Lines, both founding members of SkyTeam, have reached an agreement to deepen their historic partnership with an expanded cooperation in the trans-Pacific network.
It is hoped the deal will increase travel choices and boost competition between the Asia and US.
The airlines signed a memorandum of understanding to implement a joint venture, which will offer customers access to the most comprehensive route network in the trans-Pacific market, industry-leading airline products, world-class airport facilities and a seamless customer experience.
Present at the ceremony were Yang Ho Cho, chairman of Korean Air, Walter Cho, president of Korean Air, and Ed Bastian chief executive of Delta Air Lines.
Highlights of the agreement, subject to regulatory approvals and signing of definitive contracts, include a plan to create a fully integrated trans-Pacific joint venture with both airlines sharing the costs and revenues on flights and coordinating schedules for seamless, convenient connections.
There are also ambitions for a combined network serving more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia, providing customers of both airlines with more travel choices than ever before.
“This Joint Venture will benefit our customers by providing more convenient connection schedules and widen their opportunities in earning mileages,” said Yang Ho Cho.
“With this agreement, we will reinforce Incheon airport’s position as a major international hub in North East Asia and support the growth of Korea’s aviation industry.”
Upon the signing of the final joint venture agreement and subject to regulatory approval, Delta and Korean Air will work together to implement all aspects of the enhanced co-operation including expanded codesharing, frequent flyer programs and joint growth in the trans-Pacific market, with co-location at key hubs with seamless passenger and baggage transit experience.