The French-French group, Delta and Virgin, intend to complete their transatlantic joint venture by the end of this year
Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic have set their first codeshare agreement this month with which they will offer their respective customers new travel options to and from North America and more opportunities to earn miles through their respective programs. loyalty
Through this partnership, customers of the three airlines can create their own transatlantic trip by choosing between the flight options operated by Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines.
Delta has strong alliances with KLM and Virgin Atlantic that allow travelers between the United Kingdom and the United States to benefit from the connection on all flights operated from Amsterdam and Paris, being able to choose between direct or scheduled flights in the United Kingdom on flights from Delta to the USA
Virgin Atlantic customers can book flights on up to 58 additional transatlantic routes from 18 United Kingdom airports on Air France and KLM. For example, flights between Edinburgh and Toronto through Amsterdam or London-Heathrow-Chicago through Paris.
On their side, Air France and KLM passengers have access to 24 new routes between the United Kingdom and North America through London-Heathrow and Manchester. In addition, they will have more frequencies on certain routes such as Amsterdam-Miami through Heathrow, as well as options between Paris and New York through Manchester.
By the end of 2019, Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin Atlantic plan to finalize the creation of a joint venture extended to the transatlantic market, an agreement subject to regulatory authorizations.
The European Commission gave ‘green light’ last February to the purchase of 31% of Virgin Atlantic by the Franco-Dutch Air France-KLM group, which in this way will share control of the firm with Delta Air Lines (49 %) and Virgin Group (20%).
The combination of the businesses of the four companies in the transatlantic air market means an estimated value of 13,000 million euros between Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States, with more than 300 transatlantic flights per day, 108 direct routes and more than 340 destinations.