Delta, Air France in transatlantic deal
Air France and Delta Air Lines have signed a joint venture agreement on transatlantic routes.
The companies said once the 2008 summer schedule comes into effect, many transatlantic flights operated by Air France and Delta between Europe and the United States will be sold on a code-share basis.
The first phase will begin April 2008 and will include all non-stop flights operated by Air France and Delta between Air France’s hubs at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, Orly, Lyon hubs, and Delta’s hubs in Atlanta, New York (JFK), Cincinnati and Salt Lake City. It will also include flights operated by both carriers between London-Heathrow and the United States.
By 2010, the agreement will be extended to all transatlantic flights operated by Air France and Delta between North America and Europe and the Mediterranean. It will also include flights between Los Angeles and Tahiti.
The deal will give Delta access into London Heathrow using three of Air France’s slots at that airport.