Updated October 2011
With its roots in an innovative 1997 agreement between KLM and Northwest Airlines and the 2007 JV between Delta and Air France, the Delta, Air France-KLM, Alitalia Joint Venture today is the most evolved model for successful international airline cooperation, providing vast benefits for both consumers and the business.
About the Joint Venture
With over 250 daily trans-Atlantic flights and a fleet of 144 aircraft, the joint venture between AIR FRANCE-KLM, Alitalia and Delta Air Lines provides customers with the benefits of a vast route network offering more frequencies, competitive fares and harmonized services on all trans-Atlantic flights. The JV network is structured around seven main hubs: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Paris-CDG and Rome Fiumicino, together with Cincinnati, Lyon, Milan, Memphis and Salt Lake City. The JV offers customers access to 300 destinations beyond the 27 North American gateways and 200 destinations beyond the 31 European gateways throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. The JV represents 26 percent of total trans-Atlantic capacity and generates $11 billion in expected annual revenues. Under the terms of this agreement, the partners jointly operate their trans-Atlantic routes, thereby sharing revenues and costs. For more information on Air France-KLM, Alitalia or Delta go to the respective corporate websites.
History of the Four Joint Venture Partners
KLM: Oct. 7, 1919, Dutch Royal Airlines for the Netherlands and its Colonies (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij voor Nederland en Koloniën - KLM) was founded.
Delta Air Lines: Delta traces its roots back to 1924, when Huff Daland Dusters was founded as the world's first aerial crop dusting organization. In 1928, the company became Delta Air Service. On June 17, 1929, Delta inaugurated airline service with the first passenger flights over a route stretching from Dallas, TX to Jackson, MS, via Shreveport and Monroe, LA.
Air France: Oct. 7, 1933, Following the takeover of the assets of Aéropostale, Air France regrouping also Air Orient, Air Union, the Société Générale de Transport Aérien and C.I.D.N.A. was officially inaugurated at Paris-Le Bourget Airport.
Alitalia: Eleven years after its founding on Sept. 16, 1946 in Rome, Alitalia-Aerolinee Internazionali Italiane changes its name to Alitalia-Linee Aeree Italiane. On May 5, 1947, a Fiat G-12 Alcionetook off from Turin on a flight to Catania via Rome, marking the start of Alitalia’s activities. Two months later a flight from Rome to Oslo marked the company’s first international flight. In January 2009, Alitalia - Compagnia Aerea Italiana started operations, following the acquisition of assets from Alitalia - Linee Aeree Italiane, and of Air One.
Air France-KLM Group: May 5,2004, Air France and KLM joined forces to build a new entity, the largest European group; Air France-KLM Group, (one Group, 2 companies, 3 core businesses).
Delta-Northwest Merger: October 29, 2008, Delta and Northwest merged, creating the largest U.S. carrier under the Delta brand.