Delta Air Lines and Korean Air have come together to establish a joint venture to share costs and revenues on flights and coordinating schedules for better-timed connections amid greater competition in the aviation sector.
The two also agreed on joint growth in the trans-Pacific market with co-location at key hubs, which will see both airlines boasting a combined network of more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.
(From left) Korean Air's Walter Cho and Yang Ho Cho; and Delta Air Lines' Ed Bastian and Steve Sear
Frequent flyer benefits will be enhanced to allow customers of both airlines to earn and redeem miles on Delta's Sky Miles and Korean Air's Skypass programmes.
Delta will launch a new service between Atlanta and Seoul in June 2017, while Korean Air will introduce a third round-trip service between Los Angeles and Seoul, as well as a second flight between San Francisco and Seoul.