US-based Delta Air Lines and Kenya Airways have expanded their codeshare agreement, increasing the choice of destinations offered by Delta in Africa and extending Kenya Airways’ reach in North America via the U.S. gateway of New York-JFK.
The new agreement enhances the airlines’ already extensive codeshare network to offer seamless travel to 39 cities across Africa, the U.S., and Canada.
It also enables Delta customers flying nonstop on the airline’s services from New York-JFK to Accra, Ghana, to connect with Delta-marketed codeshare flights to Monrovia, Liberia, and Freetown, Sierra Leone, operated by Kenya Airways. Delta-marketed codeshare flights will also be available on Kenya Airways’ services from Nairobi to Cape Town, South Africa; Harare, Zimbabwe; and Kigali, Rwanda.
From New York-JFK, Kenya Airways has placed its code on Delta’s services to Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport, offering customers increased access to the U.S. capital, as well as to Indianapolis, Indiana.
“Strengthening our partnership with Kenya Airways responds to customer demand for more travel choice between the continent and North America. These codeshare services will offer customers greater access to destinations in South, West, and East Africa, rounding out Delta’s existing network of nonstop services to Accra, Dakar, Johannesburg, and Lagos,” said Alain Bellemare, Delta’s E.V.P and President International.
On his part, Julius Thairu, Kenya Airways Chief Customer and Commercial Officer reiterated that the new partnership will help travelers and businesses gain access to international markets.
“Kenya Airways and Delta Air Lines’ partnership remains central to our plans of offering the fastest connections to the Americas from our Nairobi hub and is in line with our brand promise of enabling the sustainable development of Africa by providing access to different markets. In addition to Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport and Indianapolis, Indiana, other destinations we have within the codeshare are New York: Chicago O’Hare – Illinois, Denver – Colorado, Orlando – Florida, Miami – Florida, Raleigh Durham – North Carolina, Phoenix – Arizona, Charlotte – North Carolina,” Mr. Thairu said.
Delta and Kenya Airways are both members of the SkyTeam alliance. Frequent Flyers can earn and redeem miles on both airlines, while Elite Plus travelers benefit from SkyPriority services.