>>>The likelihood of my dying in a plane crash is remote, so therefore, on balance, I decided it was ok to go ahead and book with KE.
Of course. The chance of dying expressed in absolute numbers is very, very, VERY low, even on "unsafe" airlines. Statistically speaking, you have to fly 80 years nonstop before you die in an aircrash, maybe it´s "only" 40 years on "unsafe" airlines. Unsafe is a relative term, not an absulte one. Just an interesting comparison between LH and KE: number of planes lost since 1975: LH 1 - KE 15; number of passengers dying in these accidents: LH 1 - KE 644; and LH carries roughly twice as many pax as KE...
>>>However, I don't agree with your contention that Delta and Air France have only started codesharing due to the upcoming Football Championship; this would imply that the codeshare agreement would be withdrawn after the games-which I really don't think is the case.
I'm more inclined to believe (although not 100% convinced) that they are genuinely happy with KE after their safety audits concluded big changes have been made towards a much safer operation.
But maybe it, well, increased the amount of good will AF and DL extended towards KE during the evaluation. But I´m certainly not in a position to issue a competent judgement on that. But I certainly hope YOU are right, and not me.
Anyway, enjoy your trip!