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Delta Bolsters Seoul and Tops Up Korean Air Code Shares


In what can only be good news for SkyTeam members based out of New York and Atlanta, Delta has announced a raft new route additions and expansion of code share agreements with Korean Air (KE) – which means Delta frequent fliers can now earn those elusive miles and qualifying points on KE flights out of the US on DL cards, and can also fly Delta to Korea from more US gateways than before.

Actually come to think of it, this isn’t just good news – this is great news.

Korean Air is one of the best airlines in the SkyTeam alliance and boasts great in flight service and an extensive route network across Asia. While previously you might have had China Eastern and China Southern, Korean Air is on a different level.

Wanted to fly to Siem Reap in Cambodia or Cebu in the Philippines from New York and earn miles on your Delta account? That’s actually a possibility now and you can do it in comfort, safety and style.


Delta already flies from JFK to Incheon in Seoul but will launch additional flights through their Atlanta (ATL) hub – a daily Boeing 777 service with 291 seats that will supplement the existing Korean Air A380 service to ATL. Now that’s a nice addition of potential award redemption seats for SkyTeamers on the US to Korea market. further reports that:

“The two carriers were founding members of the SkyTeam alliance in 2000. But that relationship started to fray after Delta reportedly pushed for — and Korean rejected — a joint venture agreement across the Pacific Ocean,” the Morning News reported. “In such a deal, airlines share revenue and work together on pricing for a set of flights. (United Airlines has a joint venture with Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways, and American Airlines has such a partnership with Japan Airlines.)”

Is this a sign of things to come? One can only hope. In fact Nasdaq goes further and supposes that:

“Just last month, it eliminated several more routes to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, a sign that it is starting to dismantle that hub.

“Delta still talks about its partnership with China Eastern, but a renewed agreement with Korean could provide its passengers with quicker access to secondary cities within Asia and let them avoid China’s notorious air traffic delays.”

Let’s see how this goes but Delta and Korean Air, two of the premier members of SkyTeam, coordinating more and working closely together is a good thing, and will serve US based SkyTeamers well.

So how about it – are you Delta Medallions out there looking forward to redeeming some miles on Korean Air?



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