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Delta and WestJet Announce Joint Venture

Published: 07/12/2017 - Filed under: Home » News »

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Delta and WestJet announce plans to strengthen their existing partnership by entering into a joint venture agreement. 

Delta and WestJet announce joint venture

Highlights of the planned joint venture arrangement, subject to board approvals, execution of definitive agreements and applicable regulatory approvals, in the United States and Canada, include:

  • Coordinated flight schedules for new nonstop flights to new destinations, expanded codesharing, and seamless and convenient connections on the airlines’ extensive networks in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Enhanced frequent flyer benefits including reciprocal benefits for top-tier members of both airlines.

“With its strong brand and employee- and customer-centric culture, WestJet is the perfect partner for us in the U.S.-Canada transborder segment and together we will produce great results for our respective employees, customers and investors,” said Steve Sear, Delta’s President – International and Executive Vice President – Global Sales.  “We look forward to applying Delta’s experience building successful joint venture partnerships to this important segment of transborder travel, the second-largest international segment for U.S. travel.”

The planned JV – subject to regulatory approvals in the US and Canada – plans to coordinate flight schedules for new nonstop flights to new destinations.  As well as include codesharing.  Frequent flyers will benefit by receiving reciprocal benefits for tip-tier members across the airlines. 

“This agreement will bring heightened competition and an enriched product offering to the transborder segment, both of which will benefit our guests,” said Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “This is an important step in WestJet’s mission to become a global airline. We are delighted to be working with the premier U.S. carrier, Delta Air Lines, in this joint venture.”

The preliminary Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is in place to offer customers access to an extensive transborder route network and more. 

by Elizabeth Atkinson

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