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June 27, 2017

Air Travel: Delta and Korean Air’s New Joint Venture, Hainan’s Nonstops


All eyes are on Asia this week for air travel news impacting the meetings and events industry.

Delta and Korean Air to Create Trans-Pacific Joint Venture

Delta Air Lines and Korean Air have reached an agreement to create a joint effort to expand their transpacific network. The joint venture will expand travel options , creating a network of more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.  

The agreement is the latest expansion of the partnership between Delta and Korean Air, which began in 2000 when both carriers became co-founders of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. 

Subject to regularity approval, this venture is expected to:

  • Expand codesharing in the transpacific market 
  • Create joint sales and marketing initiatives in Asia and the United States 
  • Allow for seamless passenger and baggage transit experiences 
  • Enhance frequent flyer benefits, providing customers of both airlines the ability to earn and redeem miles on Delta's SkyMiles and Korean Air's SKYPASS programs 
  • Increased belly cargo cooperation across the transpacific 

Hainan Airlines Offers Flights to North America, Nonstop

In flight news, Hainan Airlines is now offering nonstop service between Chiongqing, China, and New York.

This service will launch on October 20, 2017, and marks the first non-stop service between a city western China and New York. Round trip flights will be available twice a week, with new routes departing from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 p.m. (Beijing time) and arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) at 12:50 a.m. EST the following day. Return flights will depart from JFK International Airport on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:50 a.m. EST and will arrive at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport at 6:35 a.m. (Beijing time) the following day.

This new round trip service offers travelers the ability to fly to both east and west coasts of the United States through Hainan Airlines. 

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