Delta Air Lines and WestJet have signed a definitive agreement to create a comprehensive transborder joint venture arrangement that will offer customers an
extensive route network within the U.S. and Canada.
The agreement deepens the existing codeshare
partnership between the carriers and follows the signing of a
memorandum of understanding in December 2017 announcing the
intention to form a joint venture.
The joint venture will provide
substantial reach into Canada and the U.S. with transborder
service to more than 30 cities covering over 95% of
U.S.-Canada demand, providing customers of both airlines with more
travel choices than ever before. The new JV will also enable Delta
and WestJet to compete more effectively against other carriers.
“WestJet continues its drive toward
becoming a global airline, and the signing of this agreement marks
a major milestone in that journey,” said Ed Sims, WestJet
President and CEO. “Working together with Delta, the premier U.S.
carrier, we are looking forward to providing enhanced offerings
and more choice for guests. The joint venture will allow us to
maximize our existing partnership with Delta to benefit customers
by bringing greater competition to the trans-border market.”
Upon receipt of regulatory approvals in Canada and the
U.S., Delta and WestJet will work together to implement all
aspects of the enhanced cooperation including expanded codesharing,
more closely aligned frequent flyer program and reciprocal elite
benefits, joint growth across their U.S./Canada transborder
network, and co-location at key hubs with more seamless passenger
and baggage transit. The agreement will also include the ability
to cooperate on cargo accompanying passenger flights as well as
“Delta’s future is global and together with WestJet, we can
augment the two airlines’ capabilities and bring together our
strengths in this important trans-border market,” said Ed Bastian,
Delta’s CEO. “Combined, we will be able to offer more destinations
to customers with an integrated network, superior airline
products, improved airport connections and significantly enhanced
frequent flyer benefits. The JV will provide an unmatched
passenger experience for customers travelling between the U.S. and
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