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Virgin Atlantic, Air France and KLM launch codeshare partnership

By: Virgin Atlantic

March 5, 2019

Benoit Hilaire - Air France; Nioka Antoine-Poleon - Virgin Atlantic; Yui Young - Delta Air Lines; Juliette van der Maas - KLM

We’ve just taken a big step on the journey towards our expanded joint venture with Air France, KLM and Delta, with the launch of our first codeshare agreements with Air France and KLM. These new codeshares make it easier to build your ideal trip across the Atlantic by combining flights operated by the four airlines. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Virgin Atlantic customers can now book a wide range of additional flights at virginatlantic.com – opening up 58 new routes from 18 UK airports across the Atlantic with Air France and KLM and bringing the UK’s regions closer to North America. Examples of new route options from the UK include Edinburgh – Toronto via Amsterdam, and London Heathrow – Chicago via Paris.
  • Air France and KLM customers can now access 24 new routes to North America on flights operated by Virgin Atlantic and Delta departing the UK including connections via London Heathrow or Manchester. Customers can benefit from additional frequencies to destinations such as Miami from Amsterdam via London Heathrow alongside increased options to fly between Paris and New York-JFK via Manchester.
  • There are more options to fly Delta too. Virgin Atlantic customers travelling between the UK and the US now have the choice to connect onto all of Delta’s flights via Amsterdam and Paris. Meanwhile Air France and KLM customers have additional options to fly either nonstop or via the UK on all Delta services to the US.
  • The combined joint codeshare network will serve 18 airports in the UK, including: Aberdeen, Belfast, Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Inverness, Leeds-Bradford, London-City, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.
  • Customers booking on a codeshare benefit from seamless connections, and a single booking reference, and will also be able to earn miles, and redeem them via their own airline loyalty scheme.
  • The new codeshare are on sale now for travel from Wednesday 6 March.

Virgin Atlantic, Delta and Air France–KLM are set to form an expanded joint venture later in 2019. Subject to final clearance from regulators, the airlines will be founding members of a $13bn transatlantic partnership for customers between the UK, Europe and North America, offering over 300 daily transatlantic flights, 108 non-stop routes, and over 340 destinations.

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