From May 26, Delta will operate daily service linking Minneapolis-St. Paul with Rome, as well as six weekly flights linking Detroit with Munich.

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Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways have announced that their transatlantic joint-venture partnership will add six new transatlantic services between the U.S. and the UK for the summer 2015 season.

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The codeshare will initially cover nearly all of the two carriers’ transatlantic flights. Customers now have access to British Airways flights to London from 21 U.S. destinations, and British Airways is codesharing on US Airways’ flights to Charlotte and Philadelphia from 17 European destinations.

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Delta Air Lines will launch daily, year-round service from New York JFK to Zurich Airport and is planning to increase its service frequency from JFK to Rome. Delta and its joint venture partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia are also expanding service to Paris and Amsterdam from Atlanta.

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US Airways brings 28 transatlantic routes to the oneworld members’ joint business, including non-stop services from the United States to 18 European destinations. Munich, Athens and Amsterdam are three of them.

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Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways will operate a new joint-venture schedule on transatlantic services to and from London Heathrow Airport from summer 2014, aligning their services and offering more flight choices for travelers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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The partners claim that, by combining Virgin Atlantic’s Heathrow slots and U.K. brand strength with Delta’s powerful U.S. network, the joint venture will offer significant competition in the market and benefit consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Finnair has joined the transatlantic joint business founded by fellow oneworld alliance members American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. On July 1, Finnair also announced its intention to join the joint business agreement between oneworld members Japan Airlines and British Airways on traffic between Japan and Europe.

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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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American Airlines is launching daily non-stop service between Miami International Airport and Milan Malpensa Airport on November 21.

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The airlines say an antitrust-immunized joint venture would allow Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic to be more effective competitors on routes between North America and the U.K., particularly between the U.S. and London.

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Once Finnair joins the transatlantic joint business later this year, customers in North America and Europe will have increased choice of flights and services as well as more convenient connections to flights across the Atlantic, according to Helsinki-based Finnair.

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Singapore Airlines has agreed to sell its 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd to Delta Air Lines for $360 million in cash. Together with its share purchase, Delta Air Lines has reached agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways to form a new joint venture on transatlantic routes.

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American Airlines plans to launch service to new markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America in 2013. On February 14, American will also add four new domestic routes, through its regional-airline affiliates American Eagle and ExpressJet.

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American Airlines will expand its operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) with the launch of Miami-Barcelona service on April 3. The flight will operate five times a week until June 14, when American Airlines will start operating it daily. From March 25, oneworld partner Iberia will operate a second Miami-Madrid flight four days a week.

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American Airlines has launched daily New York-Budapest service, becoming the only airline to offer year-round nonstop service between the two cities.

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Through their new transatlantic joint business arrangement, American Airlines and British Airways have created what BA describes as being effectively a transatlantic shuttle service on top U.S.-UK routes by aligning the timing of their summer schedules.

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The first sales date of the expanded codeshare cooperation among the three oneworld-alliance member airlines is December 20, with most travel on the new codeshares available from December 28.

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American Airlines and British Airways have opened a joint Admirals Club lounge at Denver International Airport, the airlines’ first joint lounge.

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