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News: Virgin extends codeshares with Delta, Air France-KLM

Virgin Atlantic has unveiled a substantial increase in codesharing with Air France, Delta Air Lines and KLM on routes between Europe and North America.

The four airlines are planning to develop an expanded joint venture later this year. A deal in which Air France-KLM will buy 31% of Virgin Atlantic was approved by the European in February.

Virgin Atlantic is adding its VS code to Delta Airlines and Air France-KLM flights between the UK, Europe and North America ahead of a wider cooperation. (Transport Pixels)

Subject to final clearance from regulators in the USA, the carriers will become founding members of a $13bn transatlantic partnership operating flights between the UK, Europe and North America. Collectively they will offer more than 300 daily transatlantic flights over 108 non-stop routes to 340 destinations.

The carriers claim that "the partnership makes it easier for customers to build their ideal trip across the Atlantic by combining flights operated by Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic and Delta."

They go on say that booking a codeshare provides the benefit of seamless connections and a single booking reference - and will also enable customers travelling on codeshare flights to earn and redeem miles via their own airline loyalty scheme.

Virgin codeshare on Air France

  • Air France routes between Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Paris.

  • Air France routes between Paris and cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Virgin codeshare on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

  • KLM routes between Aberd