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Virgin-Delta alliance finally approved

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The US Department of Transportation has approved the intended alliance between Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines. The airlines are now preparing to expand their business in the South Pacific region.

The first proposal submitted last year got rejected. Since then the airlines have been working to accommodate the required changes.

Virgin Australia – Delta Air Lines alliance is coming

After the second submission attempt got approved by the US Department of Transportation nothing stands in the way of setting up the alliance. Virgin Australia and Delta Air Lines now have only a limited code-share agreement. This is to be expanded substantially in the near future. The approval enables the airlines to cooperate on routes, schedules and further product planning.

On this occasion, Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti explained the airline's future strategy “The Delta Air Lines alliance is a key plank in Virgin Australia’s stra­tegy to build an international network of airline partners that offers global coverage. Guests on our award-winning international airline V Australia will be able to connect seamlessly to Delta’s extensive network of over 200 destinations in North America, including Canada and Mexico, and earn frequent flyer points in the process.”

Source: Australian Aviation

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