The skies are more connected than ever before. It's all thanks to a new partnership between Delta, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic. The new agreement will make it much easier for travelers to get between Europe and North America. What's more, there are new chances to earn reward miles, make single bookings and enjoy seamless connections. The new venture is valued at $13 billion.
What does the new codeshare agreement look like? Codeshare flights will allow passengers to accrue miles with any of the four partner airlines. In addition, passengers can also earn and redeem miles using their preferred loyalty programs.
Travelers who fly using Virgin Atlantic will now have more options to fly from Paris and Amsterdam. In fact, 18 airports and 58 more codeshare routes are now on the table. Customers of Air France and KLM can enjoy increased connectivity out of London and Manchester. The agreement is adding 24 new routes to North America via the United Kingdom in total. Delta passengers will also benefit from better connectivity and new options for getting to cities that aren't served by the airline.
The announcement of a new codeshare agreement between Delta, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic is actually the first step in an even bigger collaboration. All three airlines will ultimately offer a total of 300 daily flights across the Atlantic and 108 direct routes to cover more than 340 destinations when all is said and done. The big benefit for travelers is that they will be able to earn mileage credits on more long-haul flights.