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Delta Air Lines acquires 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic

Atlanta and London — Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. detailed a codeshare agreement on June 24 across 108 routes that offers customers seamless connections to 66 destinations across North America and the U.K.
The codeshare announcement coincides with Delta acquiring a 49 per cent stake in Sir Richard Branson’s airline – marking the next step towards a full joint venture between the two carriers. Virgin Atlantic will place its code on 91 Delta routes, including both trans-Atlantic and domestic U.S. routes. Delta will place its code on 17 Virgin Atlantic routes, including the recently launched Little Red domestic U.K. services connecting London to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
“This is a strategic investment that enhances Delta’s network with greatly improved access to London Heathrow, the leading marketplace on the trans-Atlantic,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s president. “As we unite two leading global airline brands in an innovative partnership that focuses on delivering enhanced benefits and services for our customers, we also become a more formidable competitor across the Atlantic.”

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