Korean Air and Delta to strengthen partnership
Korean Air and Delta Air Lines, founding members of SkyTeam, will strengthen their partnership by expanding codeshares to more than 100 U.S. and Canadian destinations and over 30 cities across Asia. The airlines plan to launch the new codeshares in the fourth quarter of 2016, subject to government approvals.
Korean Air will place its code on 156 of Delta’s U.S. and Canadian routes beyond Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York-JFK. Korean Air will also add its code to Delta’s Sao Paulo, Brazil flights from both Atlanta and New York-JFK. Delta will add its code on Korean Air-operated flights to 32 cities beyond Seoul-Incheon, including Singapore, Bangkok, Saigon, Osaka, Taipei, and many other business and leisure destinations throughout South East Asia and Japan. Delta will also place its code on Korean flights from Houston and San Francisco to Seoul-Incheon.
Korean Air also will place its code on Delta’s new flight from Atlanta to Seoul-Incheon that will start operating June 3, 2017, and complement the daily service that Korean Air currently offers. This new service will offer the most convenient access to Korea, China, Southeast Asia, and Japan for Korean Air and Delta customers throughout the Southeast U.S.
“Our expanded partnership with Delta allows our customers to travel more conveniently with more options between Asia and the Americas, strengthening our position as the world’s largest transpacific airline, said Walter Cho, Korean Air’s C.O.O. “Travelers will benefit from the combined network strength of Korean Air and Delta resulting in greater schedule flexibility and increased frequency.”
“Delta and Korean Air are expanding a 20+ year transpacific partnership, and we believe the new Delta service between Atlanta and Seoul, in conjunction with an enhanced partnership with Korean, solidifies our joint position as leading carriers in the U.S.-Asia market,” said Steve Sear, Delta’s President – International and E.V.P. – Global Sales. “Incheon International Airport is one of the premier gateways to Asia and the strength of our combined hubs and flight offerings gives customers a significantly enhanced portfolio of destinations for travel.”
Korean Air currently has codeshare partnerships with 35 airlines on 260 routes worldwide and is continuing to expand its partnerships to provide convenient schedules for its passengers.
Korean Air – the largest transpacific carrier – flies from more cities in the Americas to more cities in Asia than any other airline. It currently operates around 100 weekly flights from 13 gateways in North America including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington. Delta offers 14 weekly flights to Seoul Incheon International Airport from its global gateways in Detroit and Seattle. # # #
Korean Air, is one of the world’s top 20 airlines and carried more than 24 million passengers in 2015. Korean Air operates over 460 flights per day to 131 cities in 46 countries on six continents with a fleet of 173 aircraft including ten A380s.
With its modern aircraft and over 20,000 professional employees, Korean Air offers customers convenience and comfort. Korean Air’s award-winning offerings of Korean and international meals and state-of-the-art inflight entertainment system provide passengers with a memorable inflight experience.
The airline is a founding member of the Sky Team airline alliance, which together with its 20 members, offers its 612 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 16,320 daily flights covering 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.
Korean Air introduced the double-decker A380 aircraft to its fleet in 2011 and made the interior more spacious than any other airline, with just 407 seats spread across three classes, with the top deck dedicated to ‘Prestige’ business class. The design also features the world’s first onboard ‘Duty Free Showcase’ and three bar lounges.