Delta Air Lines on announced a deal to buy a 20% stake in LATAM Airlines Group for $1.9 billion. The partnership with LATAM Airlines represents Delta Air Lines’s largest investment in a foreign carrier and is a competitive strike against American Airlines in Latin America.
LATAM will leave oneworld
LATAM and oneworld have announced that the airline would exit the alliance on May 1, 2020. Frequent flier benefits will be in use until April 30, 2020, so if you have them, now is a good time to use them. What this means is that after May 1, 2020 passengers flying with LATAM will not be able to credit their flights to oneworld. They will also not be able to redeem any oneworld benefits.
Delta and LATAM Partnership
In recent years, Delta has expanded its ownership and relationship with other international carriers. It raised its stake in the parent company of Korean Air to 9.2%, announced a trans-border joint venture with Canadian airline WestJet and increased its ownership of Aeromexico, the largest airline in Mexico to 49%.
In addition to buying 20% of LATAM for $1.9 Billion, Delta will also be spending $350 million to expand its partnership with the carrier. The deal will allow Delta Air Lines to expand onto an $8 billion market for U.S. travel in which it has limited access now, resulting in much greater travel choices for customers and $1 billion in revenue over the next five years.
From the LATAM website:
We are very happy to announce that from April 1st , 2020, you will be able to earn and redeem LATAM Pass Miles on all Delta Air Lines flights to more than 300 destinations around the world.
Starting April 1, 2020 all LATAM passengers can start earning and redeeming miles on all Delta flights and vice versa. As a part of this partnership, both airlines have agreed to start codesharing. With the codesharing agreement, airlines will provide customers increased connectivity on up to 74 routes in the US and up to 51 routes in South America. An addition to the deal is the acquisition of the Airbus A350. Delta will acquire 14 Airbus A350 jets. Four of them will be planes currently operated by LATAM. The other 10 will come from taking LATAM’s future order with Airbus. Delta will receive two aircraft in late 2020 and the remaining 12 by 2025.
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