Under the first phase of the new codeshare agreement, Delta Air Lines will place its 'DL' flight code on WestJet flights to more than...

Delta Air Lines and Canadian carrier WestJet have agreed to codeshare on flights within the United States and Canada, expanding the partnership between the two carriers.

The codeshare flights are available for purchase via delta.com, westjet.com and other ticketing outlets, for service beginning January 23.

Last year, Delta Air Lines and WestJet began an interline agreement that allowed customers to purchase connecting flights on one ticket, receive boarding passes for all segments at their first check-in, and tag bags through to their final destination.

A new Delta Air Lines 737-700 was the first Boeing Next-Generation 737 to receive carbon brakes, in 2008. Delta operates 10 Boeing 737-700s and also has 73 Boeing 737-800s in its fleet

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, expanding the networks of both airlines for customers flying between the two countries.

Members of the Delta Air Lines’ SkyMiles program and WestJet’s Frequent Guest Program will be able to earn miles or rewards on the codeshare flights, offering customers another benefit of the enhanced relationship.

“Our codeshare partnership with WestJet means an array of expanded travel options in the U.S. and Canada for our customers, with easy access to the airline’s extensive Canadian network and trans-border service between Canada and the United States,” says Charlie Pappas, Delta’s vice president – alliances.

“We are pleased to welcome Delta Air Lines’ customers aboard our WestJet flights and offer our guests new opportunities to access Delta’s extensive network”, says John MacLeod, WestJet’s vice-president, network management and alliances. “We very much look forward to adding more codeshare destinations to our Delta partnership in the near future.”

Initially, Delta is placing its flight code on WestJet-operated flights between Toronto (IATA code YYZ) and Edmonton (YEG), Halifax (YHZ), Kelowna (YLW), Ottawa (YOW), Regina (YQR), Thunder Bay (YQT), Vancouver (YVR), Calgary (YYC), Charlottetown (YYG) and St. Johns (YYT).

The U.S. carrier is also codesharing on WestJet-operated flights between Calgary and Las Vegas (LAS), Kelowna, Regina, Vancouver, Winnipeg (YWG), Saskatoon (YXE) and Victoria (YYJ); between Vancouver and Honolulu (HNL), Las Vegas (LAS) and Kelowna; between Edmonton and Kelowna and Victoria; between Winnipeg and Montreal (YUL); and between Halifax and St. Johns.

In turn, WestJet is placing its code on Delta-operated flights between Detroit and Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City (YQB) and Toronto; and between Boston (BOS) and Toronto.

A portion of travel for some itineraries may be on Delta Connection carriers. These include Chautauqua, Comair, Compass Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., GoJet Airlines, Mesaba, Pinnacle Airlines, Shuttle America dba Delta Shuttle, and SkyWest.

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