(04/10/22)  Delta Air Lines and the LATAM Group have been granted final approval for their Joint Venture by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The two companies will now work on building their partnership on flights between the United States/Canada and South America (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay), connecting the Americas to more than 300 destinations around the world.

Once implemented, the approval enables Delta and LATAM Airlines Group, LATAM Airlines Brasil, LATAM Airlines Colombia, LATAM Airlines Peru and LATAM Airlines Paraguay to begin the work of unlocking new customer and cargo benefits – including enhanced service and expanded route offerings.

The benefits will add to the codeshare routes and reciprocal loyalty privileges already in place. More details on these benefits are expected to be shared by the companies in the coming months.

Delta and LATAM Group granted final approval for their JV by US Department of Transportation. Click to enlarge.

Delta and LATAM Group granted final approval for their JV by US Department of Transportation

“Delta’s partnership with LATAM will help grow the market between North and South America and provide significant and much-needed benefits for customers, and we applaud the DOT for this final approval,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO. “Now, we’ll get to work with LATAM to transform the travel experience for our collective customers and create new opportunities for our employees.”

Delta and LATAM announced in 2019 that they would form an airline partnership throughout the Americas, with the goal of significantly expanding travel choices across North and South America.

Since then, the partners have achieved a number of milestones that include mutual frequent flyer mile accumulation/redemption; reciprocal elite frequent flyer benefits; shared terminals at hub airports like New York JFK, São Paulo, Brazil, and Santiago, Chile; and mutual access to 53 Delta Sky Club lounges in the United States and five LATAM Lounges in South America, including Delta’s new show-stopping Sky Club in Los Angeles and the new LATAM Lounge Santiago de Chile, the largest customer lounge in South America.

In 2020, Delta and LATAM introduced their first codeshare services in South America, and in 2021 expanded codeshare services to 20 U.S.-South America routes plus connections to a broad range of domestic and regional destinations from their hubs in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Santiago, Lima, Bogota and São Paulo, improving connectivity between the two regions.

“The approval by the DOT will give rise to the start of work with Delta to deliver more and better benefits to LATAM and Delta customers, such as faster connections, and the joint accrual of miles in frequent flyer programs, among many others. I am sure that, over time, we will be able to offer the best connections, while incorporating a sustainable view of the future,” said Roberto Alvo, CEO of LATAM Airlines Group.

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