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LONDON - Delta is finalizing the acquisition of six slots at London-Heathrow Airport from its joint venture partners Air France and KLM, slot pairs that Delta had previously leased from Air France and KLM.

By taking ownership of the slots, Delta will enhance its ability to provide long-term continuity and stability, as well as flexibility, on the route network operated from London Heathrow with joint venture partner Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Delta and Virgin jointly operate 26 nonstop flights between Heathrow and the U.S. today, providing significant competition and choice for customers in one of the world’s most important travel markets, one which had previously been dominated by a single airline partnership.

Editor's note: The original version mistakenly said the acquisiton was final.