Wednesday, June 23, 1999

Delta, Air France join cargo, passenger services

The Associated Press

        ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines and the French national carrier Air France formally announced Tuesday a plan to align their cargo and passenger services as part of a long-term deal to form a major global alliance.

        Details of the alliance, which will include other airlines, are still in the works and are expected to be final by the end of the year. Delta said Tuesday that it expects profitable benefits from its links with Air France's cargo capabilities, besides increased passenger cooperation.

        “It means growth for both airlines,” Delta spokeswoman Kay Horner said. She said the long-term agreement will lead to coordinated marketing and cooperation in other areas, including flying passengers and moving cargo. The two carriers already have a code-sharing agree ment.

        How the alliance will affect Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, where Delta operates its second-largest hub and offers one daily nonstop flight to Paris, hasn't been determined. Spokesman Dave Anderson said such details as which planes will fly from which international gateways (including Cincinnati, New York and Atlanta) haven't been formalized.

        Atlanta-based Delta serves 230 cities in 29 countries, while Air France has 174 destinations in 85 countries.

        Air France is among a dozen international carriers with which Delta has a code-sharing arrangement. Airlines with such agreements share flight numbers, meaning passengers who book flights with one airline may actually fly on a partner airline's jet.


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