WestJet & Delta Form Transborder Joint Venture

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

WestJet EVP Ed Sims

WestJet and Delta Air Lines have agreed to deepen their existing partnership by entering into a comprehensive transborder joint venture that the airlines say will increase travel choices between the Canada and the U.S.

Highlights of the planned joint venture arrangement, subject to board approvals, execution of definitive agreements and applicable regulatory approvals, in the United States and Canada, include:

·      Coordinated flight schedules for new nonstop flights to new destinations, expanded code-sharing and seamless and convenient connections on the airlines' networks in the U.S. and Canada.

·      Enhanced frequent flyer benefits including reciprocal benefits for top tier members of both airlines. 

"This agreement will bring heightened competition and an enriched product offering to the transborder segment, both of which will benefit our guests," said Ed Sims, WestJet EVP, Commercial. "This is an important step in WestJet's mission to become a global airline. We are delighted to be working with the premier U.S. carrier, Delta Air Lines, in this joint venture."

Steve Sear, Delta's President International and EVP Global Sales, had these comments. 

"With its strong brand and employee- and customer-centric culture, WestJet is the perfect partner for us in the U.S./Canada transborder segment and together we will produce great results for our respective employees, customers and investors. We look forward to applying Delta's experience building successful joint venture partnerships to this important segment of transborder travel, the second largest international segment for U.S. travel."

DL has a 25-year track record of partnering closely with airlines around the globe, beginning with the first successful transatlantic partnership, when Northwest and KLM launched a joint venture in 1993.

With this agreement, DL will have eight partnerships with leading carriers in the world's biggest aviation segments spanning Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Canada. WS, Canada's second-largest airline, currently has 45 airline partners providing access to more than 175 destinations in over 20 countries. 

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