Delta and Korean Air launch cargo joint venture

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Delta Cargo and Korean Air Cargo have launched their cargo cooperation following the start of their joint venture partnership on trans-Pacific routes.

The joint venture routes will allow customers to work with either carrier to transport shipments across a range of flights, providing access to more than 290 destinations in the Americas and more than 80 in Asia.

It builds on nearly two decades of close partnership between Korean Air and Delta who were both founding members of the SkyTeam global airline alliance.

Delta Cargo vice president, Shawn Cole says: “The Delta and Korean Air JV means increased joint belly cargo capacity across the trans-Pacific as well as future co-location of key facilities, world-class reliability and the industry’s best customer service.

“The partnership also means a host of new destinations with commercial and logistics solutions across Asia and North America for these important markets.”

Korean Air senior vice president, head of cargo business division, Samsug Noh says: “We are excited to partner with Delta to create an unrivalled air cargo network across North America and Asia. This is bolstered by Korean Air’s leading trans-Pacific airfreight network, as well as Delta’s nationwide schedule and sales network within the US.

“I am confident that the partnership will further strengthen our capability to offer an unequalled expertise on all aspects of air cargo transportation.”

Delta and Korean transport a range of products in the trans-Pacific market, with semi-conductors, perishables and e-commerce among the products coming from the US, and mobile phones, automobile parts and other electronics going the other way.