19 December, 2023

EL AL and Delta Air Lines confirm new codeshare deal....

EL AL and Delta Air Lines, leading airlines in Israel and the US, are launching a new cooperation: a codeshare agreement, loyalty club rewards, and benefits that members of both clubs can enjoy. The partnership offers passengers all the benefits of both airlines, with an expanded network of routes, and a more diverse range of gateways in the United States, Canada, Mexico and throughout Latin America, all with a single ticket.

Delta customers flying from North America will be able to fly on EL AL’s nonstop services from New York-JFK, New York-Newark, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale to Tel Aviv. Meanwhile, EL AL’s code will be added to Delta's non-stop Tel Aviv flights (once restored), as well as up to 280 same-day connections via Delta’s U.S. gateways in New York-JFK, Boston, and Los Angeles to destinations including Atlanta, Washington DC, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Seattle, Dallas, and Toronto.

“Delta remains steadfast in our long-time commitment to serving consumers and businesses who depend on convenient, high-quality air service to and from Tel Aviv," said Alain Bellemare, Delta President - International. "Through our codeshare agreement with EL AL, we will offer customers more convenient travel options between North America and Israel.”

“The start of this codeshare agreement between Delta Air Lines and EL AL offers customers access to convenient one-stop services from Israel to cities throughout the Americas and welcomes new North American customers to EL AL's world class service to and from Tel Aviv,” said Shlomi Zafrany, EL AL V.P. - Commerical and Industry Affairs.

“We are proud on this cooperation with Delta whom I see as a valued long-term partner,” said Dina Ben Tal Ganancia, EL AL CEO.

Delta and EL AL customers will be able to earn and redeem miles on each other’s services on Delta’s SkyMiles and EL AL’s Matmid frequent flyer programs. Effective Jan. 15, both airlines will offer reciprocal benefits to their top tier frequent flyer members like preferred seat access, priority check-in and boarding, additional baggage allowance, and lounge access (where applicable).

It should be noted that Delta has cancelled flights between the U.S. and Tel Aviv because of ongoing conflict in the region.  The carrier advised it was continuously monitoring the security environment in Israel to inform cancellations to the flight schedule to and from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. 

Delta flights between TLV and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)  will continue to be cancelled until March 29, 2024. Delta in October suspended booking for TLV flights to and from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS); those services remain suspended.