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“Frenemies” Delta Airlines & Alaska Air finally “divorcing”

Photo: Delta Airlines, Inc.

– “Delta and Alaska Airlines will end partnership in May 2017”
“Delta will continue its commitment of investment and growth in the Pacific Northwest following a decision by Delta and Alaska Airlines to end their partnership. The decision is a positive milestone for both airlines as Alaska focuses on its merger integration with Virgin America and Delta focuses on creating more customer choice at its Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hub, where it now operates more than 150 peak-day flights to more than 40 destinations.

Effective May 1, 2017, Delta and Alaska will no longer have a codeshare agreement, and sales of flights under DL- and AS-coded flight numbers flown on Alaska and Delta aircraft respectively will cease. Additionally, customers of each airline will no longer be able to earn and redeem Delta miles or Mileage Plan miles on flights operated by the other carrier. The carriers will retain an interline agreement, allowing them to continue offering customers ticketing and baggage connectivity. Delta and Alaska today codeshare on only a small number of flights as Delta’s growth in Seattle has reduced the need for codeshare flying,” quoting the Delta Airlines News Hub Release. Click here

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Photo: Alaska Air Group, Inc.

– “‘Frenemies’ no more? Alaska, Delta to terminate partnership”
“Now, the carriers have confirmed on Monday what many thought had become inevitable. Delta and Alaska airlines will officially terminate their frequent-flier and codeshare partnerships at the end of April.

The two airlines revealed the news in nearly simultaneous announcements Monday morning, saying their codesharing and frequent-flier partnerships would end April 30,” by Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, KING.
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– Editor’s Note:
This concludes the unique and two decades-long partnership Alaska Air forged as a then-small regional airline with Northwest Airlines. Today, Northwest has been integrated into Delta and the Alaska/Virgin America merger has necessitated this evolution of their working relationship. Alaska Air will remain based in Seattle.

Posted by Steve on December 19, 2016 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

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