ATLANTA, July 19, 2006 – SkyTeam carriers Delta Air Lines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today announced that they will start codesharing beyond their hubs, following approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this year. The two carriers will provide customers with service to destinations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East from their hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta and New York-JFK.
Initially, Delta is codesharing to 10 KLM markets via Amsterdam including Stockholm, Warsaw, Hamburg, Oslo, Bucharest, Gothenburg, Hanover, Nuremberg, Birmingham and Helsinki. The Delta codeshare flights on KLM will be available for sale in all major reservations systems effective July 20, 2006. Delta intends to grow its codeshare services across KLM’s network to more than 30 destinations, pending foreign government approvals.
Said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president of Network Planning and Revenue Management: “Our ability to add codes on KLM flights complements our existing Western European SkyTeam partners Air France, Alitalia and CSA Czech Airlines. This gives our customers even greater flexibility and options as KLM serves many unique destinations and offers strong connection opportunities that support our expanding trans-Atlantic network. This summer, Delta offers more flights between the United States and Europe than any global carrier and we are pleased to expand the number of choices our customers have beyond the 29 destinations served by Delta.”
KLM also is beginning its codeshare on Delta effective July 20, 2006, with a total of 14 destinations beyond Delta’s hubs at Atlanta and New York-JFK.
Arend de Jong, KLM’s senior vice president of network, commented: “The start of this codeshare agreement with Delta is a valuable addition to KLM’s network and builds on our existing relationship with our other U.S. partners Northwest and Continental.” KLM intends to grow its codeshare services across Delta’s network to over 40 destinations pending government approvals.
Members of Delta’s SkyMiles program and KLM’s Flying Blue can earn miles for redemption awards and elite qualification on flights operated by Delta and KLM. Customers can redeem frequent flyer miles interchangeably on any of the other SkyTeam member airlines. In addition, international first and business class passengers as well as SkyTeam Elite Plus traveling in economy are able to access airport lounges across the respective networks of the SkyTeam carriers
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is an international airline operating worldwide. KLM forms the core of the KLM Group, other members being KLM cityhopper and transavia.com. KLM merged with Air France in 2004 in a business model that is unique in the aviation industry. In close cooperation with Air France, KLM offers passengers and airfreight shippers more than 250 destinations worldwide, either non-stop or via another airport. A key principle in the alliance is the dual hub strategy: KLM and Air France’s home bases of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle respectively act as transfer airports in the shared network. Measured by operating revenues, Air France-KLM is the largest airline group in the world. KLM is a member of SkyTeam, one of the three global airline alliances.
Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) offers customers service to more destinations than any other global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 295 destinations in 46 countries. With more than 50 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is America’s fastest growing international airline and is the world’s leading carrier between the United States and Europe with flights to 29 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America, Delta offers nearly 500 weekly flights to 47 destinations and is quickly becoming the second-largest carrier in the region. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam partners, Delta offers flights to 463 worldwide destinations in 95 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.
All SkyMiles program rules apply. To review the rules, please visit delta.com/skymiles. Taxes and fees for award travel are the responsibility of the passenger and must be paid at the time the ticket is booked. Award travel seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or in all markets. Partner airline benefits subject to change and subject to the terms and conditions of each partner.