WestJet to expand fleet, signs deal with Delta to expand partnership

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In an attempt to further strengthen their existing partnership, Delta Air Lines Inc and Canadian carrier WestJet have recently entered into a comprehensive transborder joint venture, which is said to boost travel choices between the USA and Canada.

Both airlines said in a statement early Wednesday that the agreement will increase travel choices between Canada and the United States along with enhanced frequent-flier benefits.

Enhanced frequent flyer benefits including reciprocal benefits for top-tier members of both airlines. "We look forward to applying Delta's experience building successful joint venture partnerships to this important segment of transborder travel, the second-largest global segment for U.S.travel".

Steve Sear, Delta's worldwide president, calls WestJet a "perfect partner" for the American airline.

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The Calgary, Alberta-based airline and Delta said this agreement with allow them to better coordinate schedules and add more non-stop flight options.

"We look forward to applying Delta's experience building successful joint venture partnerships to this important segment of transborder travel, the second largest worldwide segment for U.S.travel", Sear said.

Over the past few years, Delta Air Lines has been expanding its global footprint through buying minority stakes and forming joint ventures.

The Calgary-based airline's chief executive Gregg Saretsky said at an investor update that it continues to invest in initiatives to support the transition "from a low-priced point-to-point model into a high value-based network airline with a global footprint". WestJet has also entered into a definitive purchase agreement for 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with the first aircraft expected to be delivered in January 2019.

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