Korean Air has entered into a major new agreement that will see more than 150 routes in the Americas added to its route map.
The company has expanded its alliance with Delta Air Lines, a fellow founding member of SkyTeam, with an expansive new codeshare partnership covering more than 100 destinations in North and South America and 30+ cities across Asia.
Korean Air will place its ‘KE’ code on 156 of Delta’s routes from Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York JFK, including domestic and Canadian flights and services to Sao Paulo.
In return, Delta will add its ‘DL’ code to Korean Air’s flights to 32 cities from Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, including Singapore and Bangkok, plus trans-Pacific flights to Seoul from Houston and San Francisco.
Finally, Korean Air will codeshare on Delta’s new flight from Atlanta to Seoul, which is due to commence on 3 June 2017. This will complement the daily service that Korean Air currently offers on the route.
“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 trans-Pacific airline,” said Walter Cho, Korean Air’s chief operating officer. “Travellers will benefit from the combined network strength of Korean Air and Delta resulting in greater schedule flexibility and increased frequency.”
Steve Sear, Delta’s president of international & executive vice president of global sales, added that expanded partnership with Korean Air “solidifies our joint position as leading carriers in the US-Asia market”.
“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,” he commented.
Korean Air is already the world’s largest trans-Pacific carrier, connecting more cities in Asia and the Americas than any other airline. It currently operates approximately 100 weekly flights from 13 gateways in North America – Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington DC. Delta meanwhile, offers 14 weekly flights to Seoul from Detroit and Seattle.