Delta Air Lines and Korean Air have announced an expansion of their partnership so that each airline can sell tickets on some of the other’s flights.
The carriers are reported to have grown distant after Korean rejected a Delta offer to set up a joint-venture revenue-sharing agreement across the Pacific, along the lines of the deal United Airlines operates with All Nippon Airways (both are Star Alliance members) and the deal American Airlines has with Japan Airlines (both are oneworld).
After that rebuff, Delta downgraded Korean’s status, making it harder to earn miles or sell flights on Korean. Korean reciprocated.
Delta plans to launch a new non-stop flight in June from its Atlanta base to Seoul Incheon International Airport.
Delta has meantime bought a 35.5% stake in China Eastern.
Written by William Sykes