Delta Air Lines and Korean Air have reached an agreement to create a joint effort to expand trans-Pacific network. The joint venture will expand travel options for travelers, creating a network of more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.
The agreement is the latest expansion of the partnership between Delta and Korean Air, which began in 2000 when both carriers became co-founders of the SkyTeam global airline alliance.
In anticipation of the agreement, Delta recently launched new nonstop service between Atlanta and Seoul. This flight complements Korean Air's existing service and provides customers in the U.S. with more access to locations around Asia. Korean Air will continue to expand its U.S. network this summer with the introduction of a third roundtrip flight between Los Angeles and Seoul, as well as adding a second flight between San Francisco and Seoul.
Subject to regulatory approval, this venture is expected to:
- Expand codesharing in the trans-Pacific market
- Create joint sales and marketing initiatives in Asia and the United States
- Allow for seamless passenger and baggage transit experiences
- Enhance frequent flyer benefits, providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn and redeem miles on Delta's SkyMiles and Korean Air's SKYPASS programs
- Increased belly cargo cooperation across the trans-Pacific
Korean Air Chairman Y.H. Cho said that this agreement will build stronger and more sustainable companies which will benefit travelers, the two companies and countries.