Partnership Updates

This Airbus A330 aircraft operated by Garuda Indonesia awaits its passengers in Amsterdam for a flight to Jakarta via Abu Dhabi. Photograph by FlyerTalk member sperrgepaeck. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by sperrgepaeck.

There have been several announcements concerning partners recently — both positive and negative — and links to discussions pertaining to them posted on FlyerTalk appear below:
Garuda Indonesia Now a Member of SkyTeam
Not even three months after a partnership with All Nippon Airways was announced, Garuda Indonesia — also known as the airline of Indonesia — became a member of the SkyTeam Alliance last week; and members of the Flying Blue frequent flier loyalty program have been discussing what this news means to them. Also, members of the Delta Air Lines SkyMiles frequent flier loyalty program are discussing about the availability of award tickets and earning SkyMiles on Garuda Indonesia.
Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines with Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes
Although they already have a “code-sharing” agreement since 2009, Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines now have a strategic and exclusive partnership for the long term with Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes — giving the two European airlines a chance to strengthen their presence in Brazil and Latin America. Along with a recent partnership with Aerolineas Argentinas, “Now with DL also as a partner I wonder if ST membership is in the cards”, wonders FlyerTalk member UA Fan.
American Airlines and jetBlue Airways to End
The partnership between jetBlue and American Airlines — which was announced in April of 2010 — is expected to end on March 31, 2014. Apparently, both airlines do not need each other anymore — and it is no surprise to many FlyerTalk members that this was announced after American Airlines officially merged with US Airways. “What a mistake for AA…”, posted FlyerTalk member cfabar1. “They’re getting greedy way too quickly….”
Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines…?
Although FlyerTalk members have been portending the end of the partnership between Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines since December of 2013, it appears that the disintegration is not only already happening; but gaining speed as well. Due to its expansion in Seattle and dueling promotions out of Seattle with Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines reportedly is ceasing “code-sharing” on an number of flights operated out of Seattle by Alaska Airlines. In fact, FlyerTalk member beckoa reported two months ago that Delta was to end the “code-sharing” of many flights with Alaska Airlines out of Seattle. The honeymoon between these two airlines appears to be over…
Argument Between Bride and Groom Causes Diversion and Emergency Landing
…and speaking of honeymoons, this last partnership news is primarily for your entertainment: an airplane operated by Delta Air Lines on its way from Atlanta to Costa Rica was reportedly diverted to Grand Cayman for an emergency landing due to a drunk man engaging in an argument with the woman he just married. The groom was apparently escorted off of the airplane, taken into custody, and was charged by police of the Cayman Islands for drunk and disorderly conduct; while the bride continued on to Costa Rica for her honeymoon without her husband.

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