ATLANTA, Nov. 10, 2006 – Delta Air Lines will improve customers’ access to seven popular Western and Central European destinations with 14 new codeshare flights operated by SkyTeam partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, effective Dec. 1. With the new service, customers will be able to fly between Delta’s U.S. gateways and Amsterdam and conveniently connect to nonstop flights to or from Bremen, Germany; Aberdeen, Scotland; Luxembourg; Riga, Latvia; Bergen, Norway; Stavanger, Norway; and Newcastle, England within five hours of arrival.
The new flights expand on 10 existing KLM markets where Delta customers currently enjoy connecting service beyond Amsterdam: Stockholm, Warsaw, Hamburg, Oslo, Bucharest, Gothenburg, Hanover, Nuremberg, Birmingham and Helsinki.
Said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president of Network Planning and Revenue Management, “Our customers know Delta is the leading airline between the U.S. and Europe. What they may not know is that we offer an extensive network of connections beyond our partners’ hubs around the world. Now there are even more opportunities for Delta customers traveling through KLM’s burgeoning Amsterdam hub to connect to destinations throughout Europe.”
The new codeshare flights will be available for sale in all major reservations systems effective Nov. 11, 2006, for flights departing Dec. 1 and beyond. Delta intends to grow its codeshare services across KLM’s network to more than 30 destinations, pending foreign 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 global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 290 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 a leader across the Atlantic with flights to 28 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers more than 400 weekly flights to 49 destinations. 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 and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 445 worldwide destinations in 92 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.