Partnership will provide expanded U.S., Canadian options for customers of both carriers
Delta, WestJet to launch code-share service
ATLANTA AND CALGARY, - Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and WestJet today announced a code-sharing agreement on flights within the United States and Canada, further expanding the partnership between the two carriers. The code-share flights are available for purchase now for service beginning Jan. 23, 2012.
Last year, the two airlines began an interline agreement that allowed customers to purchase connecting flights on one ticket, receive boarding passes for all segments at their first check-in, and tag bags through to their final destination.
Under the first phase of the new code-share agreement, Delta will place its code on WestJet flights to more than 15 cities, while the WestJet code will be added to Delta flights on five markets, expanding the networks of both airlines for customers flying between the two countries. Members of the Delta Air Lines’ SkyMiles® program and WestJet’s Frequent Guest Program® will be able to earn miles or rewards on the code-share flights, providing customers another benefit of the enhanced relationship.
“Our code-share partnership with WestJet means an array of expanded travel options in the U.S. and Canada for our customers, with easy access to the airline’s extensive Canadian network and trans-border service between Canada and the United States,” said Charlie Pappas, Delta’s vice president, Alliances.
“We are pleased to welcome Delta Air Lines’ customers aboard our WestJet flights and offer our guests new opportunities to access Delta’s extensive network”, said John MacLeod, WestJet Vice-President, Network Management and Alliances. “We very much look forward to adding more code-share destinations to our Delta partnership in the near future.”
A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on Delta Connection® carriers: Chautauqua, Comair, Compass Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., GoJet Airlines, Mesaba, Pinnacle Airlines, Shuttle America dba Delta Shuttle, and SkyWest.
Tickets are available for sale via delta.com, westjet.com, and other ticketing outlets.
WestJet is Canada’s favourite airline, offering scheduled service throughout its 71-city North American and Caribbean network. Inducted into Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame and named one of Canada’s best employers, WestJet pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. WestJet offers increased legroom and leather seats on its modern fleet of 97 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft. With future confirmed deliveries for an additional 38 aircraft through 2018, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.
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About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year, and was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2011 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 341 destinations in 61 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati,Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline’s service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $2 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.
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