Delta’s acquisition of a 49 percent stake in UK-based Virgin Atlantic and the recent code-share agreement between the two airlines on 108 routes will help the 2 airlines corner a larger share of the lucrative New York to London route.
Flights from New York to London is the busiest air route in the world and is also one of the most profitable due to the large number of business travelers. United presently dominates the route.
Delta currently operates 9 flights between London Heathrow and the US. The number will increase to 23 once the partnership with Virgin comes into effect.
Delta has found it hard to gain slots at the extremely busy London Heathrow airport and the deal with Virgin Atlantic will help it gain a foothold in the trans-Atlantic market.