Delta, Virgin Atlantic and Air France-KLM create a new trans-atlantic joint-venture

Yesterday, Thursday 27th July 2017, Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic unveiled plans to combine two overlapping transatlantic joint-ventures, supported by equity deals worth $1 billion, as airlines brace for more competition.

The strategic move is designed to strengthen carriers on the North Atlantic market, where LCCs (Norwegian in particular) have shaken up the market, and to create a tangle over Heathrow access, as the UK is in the process of leaving the EU.

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Delta takes delivery of first A350 to become first North American operator of the type

Yesterday, July 13th 2017, Delta has become the first operator of the Airbus A350 in North America, following the delivery of N501DL (MSN 115).

Delta’s first A350-900, N501DL, in Toulouse. Copyright: Airbus

A ceremony will be held tomorrow (15th July), but the delivery flight to Atlanta is expected to be on the 4th of August due to the installation of 2Ku wifi.

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