ATLANTA, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE :DAL ) on Dec. 29 will reinstate codeshare flights operated by SkyTeam partner Aeromexico following the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) decision to upgrade to Category 1 the rating of Mexico's federal civil aviation authority. This rating is required to allow codesharing by any U.S.-based airline on another international airline's flights.
Flights will be available for purchase on Dec. 26 through all Delta ticketing channels.
The reinstated codesharing will connect Delta customers between 20 Mexican and nine U.S. airports on more than 125 Aeromexico and Aeromexico Connect flights. Reinstated codeshare cities include Acapulco, Campeche, Durango, Tampico, Veracruz, Morelia, La Paz, Merida, Chihuahua and Los Mochis.
"Delta and Aeromexico offer one of the most comprehensive networks between the United States and Mexico and we are pleased to be able to reinstate our full codeshare network with Mexico's leading airline," said Christophe Didier, Delta's staff vice president of Sales and Affairs in Latin America and Caribbean. "Our customers will soon be able to benefit from the same seamless ticketing and connections between Delta and Aeromexico flights they have long enjoyed."
Delta removed its two letter "DL" code from Aeromexico flights earlier this year after the FAA downgraded the oversight rating of Mexico's civil aviation authority to a Category 2. The change temporarily prohibited U.S. airlines from offering codeshare service on any airline overseen by Mexican authorities. On Dec. 1, the FAA announced that Mexico's civil aviation authority had regained full compliance.
Aeromexico, like Delta, is a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. The carriers link their schedules through codesharing, which enables customers to buy seats on the airlines interchangeably.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 358 destinations in 66 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 75,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, the world's largest airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.
SOURCE Delta Air Lines