LATAM Airlines Group has announced that its affiliates LATAM Airlines Peru, LATAM Airlines Colombia, and LATAM Airlines Ecuador have ditched American Airlines & signed codeshare agreements with Delta instead.
The new agreements will provide greater connectivity with the United States starting the first quarter of 2020, subject to applicable regulatory approval.
The codeshares follow the announcement of LATAM’s and Delta’s framework agreement on September 26, 2019, which will combine the carriers’ highly complementary route networks to provide customers with a seamless travel experience and greater connectivity to destinations worldwide.
“These codeshares mark an important milestone in LATAM’s journey towards offering the best connectivity and customer experience in the Americas.”
Enrique Cueto, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group
The carriers are working to provide a smooth transition through the strengthening of their existing interline agreement, establishing reciprocal lounge access and mutual frequent flyer benefits as well as developing bilateral codeshare agreements.
The three codeshare agreements signed with Delta on December 2, 2019 will offer LATAM customers the possibility to connect to up to 74 onward destinations in the United States and Canada and will open up to 51 onward destinations for Delta passengers in South America.*
Starting the first quarter of 2020:
- LATAM Airlines Peru’s ‘LA’ code will be added to Delta flights from New York/JFK, Miami, Los Angeles and Orlando to up to 74 onward destinations in the United States and Canada. Likewise, Delta’s ‘DL’ code will be added to LATAM Airlines Peru flights between Lima and up to 34 onward destinations in Peru and South America.
- Delta’s ‘DL’ code will be added to LATAM Airlines Colombia flights from Bogota and Cartagena to up to 13 onward destinations in Colombia.
- LATAM Airlines Ecuador’s ‘LA’ code will be added to Delta flights between New York/JFK and up to 55 onward destinations in the US and Canada. Similarly, Delta’s ‘DL’ code will be added to LATAM Airlines Ecuador flights between Quito and up to four onward destinations in Ecuador.
LATAM also plans to establish codeshare agreements between Delta and its affiliates in Chile and Brazil in 2020*, offering even greater connectivity between South America and the U.S.
oneworld no more
LATAM will formally end all its codeshare agreements with American Airlines on January 31, 2020.
Customers who have purchased American Airlines flights via LATAM prior to this date for flights from February 1, 2020 onwards will be entitled to the same services, with no change to flight or ticket conditions.
LATAM’s frequent flyer and reciprocal lounge access agreements with American Airlines will remain in place until LATAM leaves oneworld.
LATAM advised oneworld and its alliance partners in September 2019 that it would leave oneworld within one year, in line with the standard notice period. The company is evaluating an earlier departure date with any change to be communicated in due course.
Following LATAM’s departure from oneworld, it will maintain its bilateral agreements with the majority of the alliance members.
*Subject to applicable regulatory approval.
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