Poll: Will the number of airline partnerships increase or decrease over the next two years?

Delta Air Lines and LATAM Airlines Group signed their long-planned joint venture (JV) agreement between North and South America, an affirmation of their strategic partnership despite the near-total collapse in international travel owing to the global spread of COVID-19.

The tie-up has produced ripples across the competitive landscape of the global airline industry, forcing LATAM and Delta to ditch their existing partnerships with American Airlines and Brazil’s GOL, respectively. Attempting to rebound, the two spurned airlines went on to announce their own trans-American codeshare partnership in February.

The companies have achieved a number of milestones toward implementing the JV, such as entering into codeshare agreements between Delta and LATAM’s Brazilian, Colombian, Ecuadorian and Peruvian subsidiaries. Further agreements between Delta and LATAM’s Chilean and Argentinian units are expected “in the coming weeks.”

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