New Delta, Virgin Atlantic, Air France, KLM Joint Venture Takes Flight

By Paul Riegler on 3 February 2020
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Delta Air Lines, Air France, KLM, and Virgin Atlantic Airways announced the launch of their new joint venture.

The U.S. Department of Transportation gave final approval to the plan last November.

Passengers will be able to book travel on any of the four carriers through a joint-venture member.

In addition, starting on February 13, members of the four airlines’ respective frequent-flyer programs will be able to earn and redeem miles with any of the other member carriers.

The new joint venture has global antitrust immunity between Delta Air Lines, Société Air France, Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij, and Virgin Atlantic Airways, and replaces two separate transatlantic joint venture agreements Delta is in: one with Virgin Atlantic and the other with Air France and KLM.

It was first announced in July 2017.

“Bringing together the strengths of Delta, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic into a combined joint venture will create the trans-Atlantic partnership of choice for customers,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian at the time.

The antitrust immunity will be subject to a five-year review, the DOT said last August.

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