Tommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7072 posts, RR: 9 Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3788 times:
Another DL related thread that I thought might be fun. I was on wikipedia and looking at the Delta Amsterdam hub and the cities they fly to. KLM obviously flies to more cities than DL by a ton but in terms of flying to the continental US Delta flies to certain cities that KLM doesn't and vice versa. DL flies to mainly their hub cities (and former NW hub cities) such as ATL, MSP, DTW but in addition flies their own 767 metal to EWR, PDX, MEM, SEA, BOS, and Mumbai. KLM flies to a lot more including ORD, IAH, DFW, SFO and IAD to name a few. Both KLM and DL fly to ATL and as of March will both also fly to JFK.
My question is with the joint venture agreement in place which airline decides on which destinations to fly to? Is it out of preference or possibly on a yearly rotational basis? If DL flies to say EWR and PDX on their own metal why wouldn't they also try out IAD or ORD as well (and vise versa with KLM?) I know in the past KLM and NW have switched off over the years at say MEM usually on a seasonal basis.
I guess this thread would also apply to DL and AF joint venture at CDG. There was a thread on this about a month ago but with only a few replies. Have fun!