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Delta Air Lines and El Al Israel Airlines announced yesterday that they are entering into a strategic partnership with reciprocal codeshare and frequent flyer benefits, including the ability to earn and redeem miles across both carriers.
Delta offers up to 200 connections from Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) through its hubs in Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). El Al offers additional nonstop flights from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Miami International Airport (MIA), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), and New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Both carriers will add their respective codes to the others flights.
Matteo Curcio, Delta’s Senior Vice President for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, said:
Working closely with EL AL will further strengthen Delta’s connection to Israel by offering more customers unrivalled access to destinations across the U.S. Enhanced partnerships are integral to our long-term strategy to better connect Delta customers around the world.”
Shlomi Zafrany EL AL’s Vice President Commercial and Industry Affairs added:
We are delighted to offer our customers new ways to discover exciting destinations on both sides of the Atlantic through our partnership with Delta.” Highlighting the value of the partnership with Delta he added: “This partnership marks another important milestone in our long-term strategy and offers our customers unparalleled service.”
Customers connecting onto Delta or EL AL’s flights will be able to check in for their entire journey. This includes having boarding passes issued and bags that are checked through to their final destination. When this is fully integrated, you’ll be able to earn and redeem miles on both airlines. No word on earn rates or redemption costs have been released yet. EL AL would like to join SkyTeam, but no details on that happening have been released either.
If you’re not familiar, El Al Israel Airlines is the national airline of Israel. It was established in 1948 and has played a vital role in connecting Israel to the rest of the world. The airline is based in Tel Aviv and serves numerous destinations across Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia.
Anthony’s Take: I have yet to visit Israel. With my new choice of primarily flying Delta, this could work someday when I travel there. We’ll have to wait for details on reciprocal earnings and redemptions.
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