Delta Air Lines is selling for $199 a new travel option for SkyMiles loyalty-program members which provides access throughout a four-month promotional period to fee-based extras such as checked bags, priority boarding and seat selection for purchasers and others in their travel parties.

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Merger clearance from the EU Commission and U.S Department of Justice has cleared the way for Delta Air Lines to buy from Singapore Airlines a 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways. Virgin Atlantic Airways and Delta have also detailed a codeshare agreement across 108 routes.

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AeroMexico is launching daily service between Atlanta and Mexico City on July 1. The carrier will use 99-seat Embraer 190s, operated by its regional subsidiary AeroMexico Connect, on the route.

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Under the first phase of the new codeshare agreement, Delta Air Lines will place its ‘DL’ flight code on WestJet flights to more than 15 Canadian cities, while WestJet will add its ‘WS’ code to Delta flights in five markets. Codeshare service begins on January 23.

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The new seats will feature pitch of at least 34 inches or more. Delta’s standard Economy Class seat pitch is currently 31 inches. In addition to more leg room, customers seated in Economy Comfort will receive priority boarding.

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Delta Air Lines and Aerolineas Argentinas plan to launch a codesharing agreement for flights connecting Miami and Atlanta to Buenos Aires, as well as service to 14 U.S. destinations, eight domestic destinations in Argentina, three flights to Canada and flights to Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

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From May 21, the expanded service will allow Delta Air Lines customers to connect seamlessly to Perth, Adelaide and Canberra in Australia, as well as Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand. Virgin Blue customers flying V Australia will now be able to connect in Los Angeles to Delta flights to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Detroit.

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The program change is effective for all accounts as of January 1, 2011 and Delta Air Lines says the move makes it the only major U.S. carrier without mileage expiration.

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From September 15, customers can connect on a single ticket between their Delta Air Lines flights and 70 daily inter-island flights operated by Hawaiian Airlines. Hawaiian flights will connect Delta customers between Honolulu and Kahului, Lihue, Kona and Hilo, as well as between Kona and Kahului.

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Delta Air Lines and Brazil’s GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes have launched an agreement to offer members of Delta’s SkyMiles and GOL’s SMILES frequent flyer programs the ability to earn miles on all flights operated by each carrier.

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GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Delta Air Lines have asked the Brazilian and U.S. authorities for permission to launch a codeshare agreement, and are planning to link their frequent flyer programs.

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Delta Air Lines has launched an online marketplace to provide members of its SkyMiles frequent flyer program with a new way to redeem miles for hotel rooms, car rentals and merchandise.

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Travelers with Delta SkyMiles credit cards can earn double miles on all Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines flights through December 31.

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