Delta Air Lines and El Al Israel Airlines’ Strategic Partnership Begins on January 1st

by Anthony Losanno
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Back in June, I wrote about Delta Air Lines and El Al Israel Airlines entering into a strategic partnership with reciprocal codeshare and frequent flyer benefits, including the ability to earn and redeem miles across both carriers. The agreement is set to kickoff on January 1st and flyers of both airlines will then see the promised benefits.

Delta Planes

Delta offers up to 280 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.

EL AL 787

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. Both airlines will also offer reciprocal elite benefits (effective January 15th) like preferred seats, an extra baggage allowance, lounge access, priority check-in, priority boarding, and more. Passengers will also be able to earn and redeem miles on both airlines. EL AL would like to join SkyTeam, but no details on that happening have been released either. It has announced that it will cut ties with current partner, Alaska Airlines as of June 30th. This puts it one step closer to SkyTeam membership, but this still needs approval.

Alain Bellemare, Delta President – International, said:

Delta remains steadfast in our long-time commitment to serving consumers and businesses who depend on convenient, high-quality air service to and from Tel Aviv. Through our codeshare agreement with EL AL, we will offer customers more convenient travel options between North America and Israel.”

Shlomi Zafrany, EL AL V.P. – Commercial and Industry Affairs, added:

The start of this codeshare agreement between Delta Air Lines and EL AL offers customers access to convenient one-stop services from Israel to cities throughout the Americas and welcomes new North American customers to EL AL’s world class service to and from Tel Aviv.”

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.

(Image Credits: EL AL and Delta Air Lines.)

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