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Delta Air Lines to end codeshare deal with Alaska Air

Staff Writer |
Delta Air Lines will end its codeshare agreement next year with Alaska Air Group, which is acquiring Virgin America.

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As of May 1, Delta said sales of flights will end under its DL-coded flight numbers and Alaska Air's AS-coded numbers, also ending customers' ability to earn and redeem Delta miles or mileage plan miles on flights operated by the other carrier.

Delta and Alaska codeshare on only a small number of flights as Delta's growth in Seattle has reduced the need for codeshare flying, the company said.

In 2016, Delta put its code on just more than 78,000 Alaska Airlines scheduled flights, according to data from air travel intelligence company OAG. Alaska Airlines placed its code on 60,660 of Delta's flights.

The decision to cease the agreement was an expected move from the two increasingly competitive airlines, said Bob Mann, an airline industry analyst at R.W. Mann & Co.

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