The Alaska and Delta Airlines have announced that they will be ending their partnership after collaborating for more than a few years.
Both the Alaska and the Delta Airlines are major air carriers. The Delta Air Lines Inc. is the oldest airline to be still operating in the United States.
Founded in 1929, it is headquartered and has its largest hub in Georgia. More exactly, at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta.
The company has a number of subsidiaries besides its main branch. Regional American flights are operated under the Delta Connection brand name. It is also one of the four SkyTeam airline alliance founding members.
As such, it operates joint ventures with a number of other air carriers. These are Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia, Alitalia, and Air France-KLM.
It was also part of a codeshare partnership with Alaska Airlines. The airline is not part of any of the three major air carrier alliances.
Alaska Airlines is based and has its largest hub in Seattle. More exactly, at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport or the Sea-Tac. The company operates in many secondary hubs and focus cities.
It also plays a major role in the Alaskan air service. It ensures most of the regional and small linking flights of the Alaskan region.
Alaska Airlines was part of a codesharing partnership with Delta. However, the relation has reportedly been getting more strained. The two air carriers have especially become competitors in the Sea-Tac market.
Once close partners, the relation is believed to have started to deteriorate after a Delta move. The latter decided some years back to expand its hubs. Moore exactly, they decided to build a second hub in Seattle.
The city is also Alaska’s airline hometown. As Delta continued its Pacific Northwest expansion, the collaboration was seen to become more constricted.
As such, the Monday announcement came as no big surprise. The Alaska and Delta Airlines announcements were simultaneous. The companies took to official blog releases.
Collaboration ending details were offered. Future plans were also announced. As such, starting with May 1, 2017, the two will have officially stopped collaborating.
This would translate into the following. Passengers will no longer be able to book seats on the other airline’s portal. Previous codesharing had allowed users to book some seats on the other airline.
Frequent flyer miles sharing will also be stopped. Passengers will no longer earn or be able to redeem miles operated by the other company.
Both booking and the frequent flyer programs will continue working for a determined period. They will be officially stopped on April 30, 2017.
Travel bookings made up to April 30 must also be completed before then. As such, the date will mark the final collaboration day, including in flight plans.
Both Delta and Alaska explained the impact of their joint decision. More exactly, they pointed out how it will affect flyers.
Official website posts offer further details about the changes. They also predict how they will be affecting the airline customers.
The air carriers also took to presenting their future plans. Delta Airlines pointed out its expansion commitment. The company wants to continue to grow and will carry on their new hub projects.
Alaska Airlines is planning on focusing on its recent acquisition. Just last week, Alaska officially took over Virgin America operations. The merger was valued at a $2.6 billion sum. It will also transform the company into the fifth largest United States air carrier.
Alaska Airlines also went to clarify its other partnerships. The company is also collaborating with other SkyTeam alliance members. However, these operations and collaborations will remain the same and will not suffer changes.
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