Delta and LATAM Airlines Group ("LATAM") have reached an agreement to launch frequent flyer reciprocity through the extensive networks of operators, offering benefits to customers in more than 435 destinations worldwide.

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Additionally, carriers continue to expand codeshare on more flights across the region, adding additional connectivity for clients.

“Together with LATAM, we are building an industry leading association and customer-focused network that connects North and South America like never before,” said Steve Sear, Delta President, International Vice President and Global Sales Executive. “With frequent flyer reciprocity and new codeshare flight options, we are already beginning to deliver on this partnership for our customers, with much more to come.”

Frequent flyer benefits, including reciprocal mileage accrual and redemption, will be effective for Delta SkyMiles members on flights made on or after April 1, 2020. These benefits will be applicable to all flights on the Delta and LATAM networks. Reciprocal Elite benefits, including lounge access and priority boarding, baggage and seats, are expected to launch later in 2020.

Carriers continue to expand codeshare

Additionally, operators continue to expand code sharing across their networks. airline groups reached an agreement to launch the shared code between Delta and the LATAM subsidiary in Brazil beginning in the first half of 2020, subject to government and regulatory approvals. The agreement will create better opportunities for customers to connect on up to 65 routes through Delta's network in the United States and Canada and up to 37 LATAM routes in Brazil.

A codeshare has been launched between Delta and LATAM affiliates in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. When fully implemented, these codeshare agreements would provide customers with increased connectivity on up to 74 routes in the United States and up to 51 routes in South America. The codeshare for flights operated by LATAM affiliates in Colombia and Ecuador is visible on delta.com for flights effective now, and the codeshare for Peru is effective for flights starting March 29, 2020, pending the final approval of the Peruvian government.

Additionally, select interline routes connecting Delta and LATAM flights are now available for booking through direct Delta channels, including delta.com.

Co-location and complementary networks expand choice and convenience

Delta will share its operations with LATAM at Terminal 3 of the São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport on March 29, 2020, to facilitate faster connections for customers. In New York-JFK, LATAM has already relocated its operations to Terminal 4, improving the connection experience for customers traveling on Delta flights.

delta too has announced plans to expand its presence in South Florida with 13 new daily nonstop* flights to Miami International Airport (MIA) from hubs and major corporate travel destinations across the United States, including new service from Orlando, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City and Tampa. Delta's new flight schedule will be scheduled to maximize connectivity with LATAM. The two airlines are already conveniently located at MIA, allowing for quick connection times for customers.

In September 2019, Delta and LATAM announced an agreement that would bring together the major airlines in North and South America. In December 2019, Delta announced the completion of its previously announced public offering to acquire a 20 percent equity stake in LATAM, an investment that continues Delta's strategy of making equity investments in key airlines around the world. When fully implemented, the Delta and LATAM partnership will maintain the leadership position in five of the top six South American markets in the United States.

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