Delta Air Lines and Korean Air have established a
joint venture partnership that will offer customers
travel benefits across one of the most comprehensive route
networks in the trans-Pacific market.
The joint venture has
been approved by regulatory authorities in the U.S. and Korea,
including the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Korean
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
“This is an
exciting time for customers of both Delta and Korean Air as we
launch our trans-Pacific partnership,” said Delta CEO, Ed Bastian.
“Our expanded partnership means a host of new destinations and
travel options across Asia and North America, with seamless
connectivity, world-class reliability and the industry’s best
The expansive combined network
formed by this partnership gives Delta and Korean Air’s shared
customers seamless access to more than 290 destinations in the
Americas and more than 80 in Asia.
Beginning soon, Delta and Korean Air will:
* Implement full
reciprocal codesharing on each other’s networks;
* Offer improved reciprocal loyalty program benefits,
including providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn
more miles on Korean Air’s SKYPASS program and Delta’s SkyMiles
* Begin implementing joint sales and marketing
* Increase belly cargo cooperation across the
“We are delighted to announce the launch
of our partnership with Delta. This partnership will bring more
comfort to customers flying between Asia and the Americas,” said
Mr. Yang Ho Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air. “With the recent
relocation to Terminal 2 at Incheon Airport alongside with Delta,
we will be able to provide seamless service to our customers.
Korean Air will provide extensive support to develop a successful
partnership with Delta.”
The new joint venture builds on nearly two
decades of close partnership between Korean Air and Delta; both
were founding members of the SkyTeam alliance and have offered
customers an expanded codeshare network since 2016.
Earlier this year, Delta and Korean Air
co-located into the new, state-of-the-art Terminal 2 at Seoul’s
Incheon International Airport (ICN), substantially reducing
connecting times for customers.