BY PHILIP ANTOH
A NEW Transatlantic Joint Venture (JV) between Delta Air Lines, and Virgin Atlantic, Air France and KLM has been officially launched.
The expanded agreement covers up to 341 peak daily Transatlantic services across 110 nonstop routes, and represents 23% of total passenger and cargo Transatlantic capacity.
The JV brings together existing agreements between Air France, KLM and Delta, and between Virgin Atlantic and Delta.
Based on the partnership, frequent flyer programme members will be able to earn and use miles, and enjoy elite benefits for flights on any of the four airlines’ worldwide operations, including a Transatlantic trip, intra-Europe hop, or domestic US journey.
A joint statement indicates that the new partnership provides customers with more convenient flight schedules and a shared goal of ensuring a smooth and consistent travel experience, whichever airline people fly”, as well as enabling “the flexibility to book flights on any of the four carriers through their respective mobile apps, websites, or via travel agents”.
The agreement will see the launch of new codeshare services going forward, as well as the alignment of schedules to reduce connection times. Customers will also “soon” be able to check in and select their seat through any of the partner airline mobile apps or websites.
In another development, Delta Air Lines Ghana has partnered with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Ghana, the United States (U.S.) Commercial Service, Devtraco Plus and Fidelity Bank to host the Delta Business Reception in Accra.
Present at the event was the Country Manager for KLM, Mr Dick van Nieuwenhuyzen.
The event’s market place theme which was first of its kind allowed attendees to ‘work the room’ and interact with ease.
About 100 guests showed up from different companies, including CEOs and managers of companies like Consolidated Shipping, Energy Global, Petroleum Commission, BOST, Webster University, MODEC, McDan Shipping Company and Intercon Security.
The board and Platinum members of AmCham Ghana were also in attendance.
The Managing Director of Aviation Alliance, Delta Air Lines GSA, Mr Pakwo Shum, welcomed the guests and handed over to Eloina Baddoo, the Sales Manager, to brief guests about the aim of the event and acknowledge Delta’s partners.
The partners, AmCham, Fidelity and Devtraco Plus, were all allowed to address the guests.