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Earlier this week, I wrote about airBaltic, the flag carrier of Latvia, being the launch and largest operator of the Airbus A220-300. Now, they have announced a new codeshare partnership that will begin on November 22nd. This will hopefully bring the two carriers closer together (and maybe add some additional perks in the future).
This new codeshare agreement will allow Delta to market and sell 20 airBaltic-operated routes to three of the Latvian carrier’s biggest destinations, including Riga International Airport (RIX), Tallinn Airport (TLL), and Vilnius International Airport (VNO).
Martin Gauss, President and CEO of airBaltic, said:
This marks a historic achievement for airBaltic and Latvia, as we embark on expanding our network across the Atlantic Ocean. The collaboration with Delta, known for its expansive network and international cooperation infrastructure, holds tremendous opportunities. It will not only attract new passengers to airBaltic, but also elevate the Baltics’ global visibility and connectivity.”
Alain Bellemare, President – International at Delta, said:
Enhanced partnerships are integral to our long-term strategy to better connect Delta customers to more of the world. Working closely with airBaltic will further strengthen Delta’s connection to this vibrant European region and offer consumers in the Baltics unrivalled access to destinations across the United States.”
No mention of any other benefits, including earning and redeeming miles, were announced as part of this partnership. I hope that this will eventually move into a close relationship (like the one that Delta has with WestJet). Like Mexico recently achieved (more here), the Latvian Civil Aviation Association obtained a Category 1 rating from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and it can now operate codeshares with a US airline.
AirBaltic operates more than 100 routes from Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, and Tampere to destinations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caucasus region. I can personally attest that the Balkans are underrated and great places to visit on a European vacation at a lower cost and without the crowds you’ll find in Paris, Rome, or Madrid.
Anthony’s Take: Hopefully, this is just phase one and Delta Air Lines will introduce benefits and mileage earning/redemption opportunities on airBaltic in the near future.
(Featured Image Credit: Delta Air Lines.)
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