Canadian carrier WestJet has agreed a codesharing deal with Korean Air, the largest airline in South Korea.
The codeshare agreement will allow Korean Air to market and distribute WestJet-operated flights by placing its ‘KE’ flight indicator on WestJet services in North America.
According to WestJet, this will enhance travel possibilities for Korean Air customers by allowing seamless access to more than 70 flights within WestJet’s North American network.
Tickets under the codesharing agreement are now available for sale, for flights beginning May 31.
“We are very pleased to announce our agreement with Korean Air, a high quality, world-class airline,” said John MacLeod, WestJet’s vice-president, network management and alliances. “This code-share agreement represents another key step in our strategy to welcome on board new guests from around the world.”
In addition to Korean Air, WestJet has codeshare agreements with American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines and KLM. American, Cathay Pacific and JAL are all members of the oneworld alliance, while Delta, Korean Air and KLM are members of the SkyTeam alliance.
WestJet also has interline agreements with another 17 airlines around the world.
Based in Calgary, Alberta, WestJet operates scheduled service throughout a 76-city North American and Caribbean network.
WestJet operates a fleet of 98 Boeing 737NG aircraft and has future confirmed deliveries for an additional 37 aircraft through 2018.
In addition, WestJet announced on May 1 that it had signed a letter of intent to order up to 45 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops for a new regional airline it would launch to operate scheduled services on lower-density routes.