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LATAM to Leave Oneworld and Remain Unaligned

On Thursday evening, the aviation community received a true shocker as Delta announced a 20 percent acquisition in the LATAM Airlines Group in the form of a $1.9 billion investment in the largest South American carrier. The deal will see Delta significantly increase its reach in South America, as both carriers cooperate on flights between both region; while improving much-needed cash flow generation for LATAM, enabling it to focus on its future strategic objectives. Notwithstanding, LATAM will leave the Oneworld…

American Airlines, GOL Downplay Shocking LATAM-Delta Move

The day after Delta's shocking announcement of the acquisition of a 20 percent stake in LATAM was marked by one thing: the excitement and joy behind both new partners' communications and the damage control strategies at play in the companies that will suffer direct and unwanted changes in their long-time…

Delta Takes 20 Percent Stake in LATAM Airlines Group

Delta Air Lines has just announced it is buying a 20 percent stake of LATAM Airlines Group, the biggest group of carriers in Latin America, an acquisition which also brings a potentially unprecedented strategic alliance between two carriers from South America and the United States. The agreement will cost Delta…

Delta Experiences Troubles with Free WiFi

Just about six months ago, I posited that it was not yet time for free inflight WiFi. It came after Air New Zealand announced all properly-equipped planes would have offer the service effective immediately and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines had long been talking up its plans to offer free connectivity…

Delta and Virgin Atlantic Boost Transatlantic Venture with Route Announcements

Delta Air Lines will increase its capacity by 15 percent between London Heathrow and the East Coast of the U.S. as part of a joint venture to increase flights between the two countries with Virgin Atlantic. In comparison with this year, the changes will add an extra 10,000 seats per…

Delta and Virgin Atlantic Boost Transatlantic Venture with Route Announcements

Delta Air Lines will increase its capacity by 15 percent between London Heathrow and the East Coast of the U.S. as part of a joint venture to increase flights between the two countries with Virgin Atlantic. In comparison with this year, the changes will add an extra 10,000 seats per…

Delta Debuts New A330-900neo Early on Seattle to Shanghai Route

Delta Air Lines became the first North American airline to induct the Airbus A330-900neo into revenue service as the first of 35 aircraft began operations for the Atlanta-based airline this week. The inaugural flight, DL589, was operated from Seattle to Shanghai, the first of three destinations from Seattle that will…

It Matters: Delta’s Commitment to Economy Puts Them Above the…

On Sunday, a fellow AirlineGeeks writer published his take on Delta's economy class improvements. While I won't rehash in great detail the specifics of the news, his argument was pretty simple: "it doesn't matter." I would argue that it does. No matter how you slice it, the majority of an…

Delta’s Odd Bet on Improving Economy Class

Delta Air Lines this past week announced an interesting passenger enhancement. It’s interesting and albeit surprising for two reasons. First, it’s an actual passenger enhancement, not a devaluation of a frequent flyer program or gutting of some other nice thing. Passengers will genuinely be having a better experience. Second, it…

Airlines Report Nausea-Inducing Cabin Fumes on Airbus’ A330neo

While Boeing has been under fire for continued problems arising with its next-generation 737 MAX aircraft, the next-generation offerings of its main rival Airbus have been largely free of issue, until now. Operators of the Airbus A330-900neo recently have been reporting toxic fume leakages in the aircraft’s cabin, potentially coming…