No new US routes for VA , DL
VIRGIN Australia and Delta Airlines have hosed down speculation on plans to add new services to the US, fronting the media in Sydney last month to stress the airlines are going to stick with what they’ve got – for now. The alliance partners – which currently hold more than 20% market share on the trans-pacific route – applied to the ACC in January to renew their alliance for another decade. Speculation has been circling that the extension would see Delta launch a Melbourne to LA route and ramp up its Sydney to LA schedule. But DL president Edward Bastian wouldn’t budge when questioned by the media, insisting that the airlines were going to “keep with what we’ve got and see how we can grow the market over time”. Both VA and DL are confident the ACC will give the extension the green light, with VA claiming the tie up has brought its loss making US operations back from the brink and DL expecting the weaker Aussie dollar will boost leisure inbound traveller numbers. The ACC is expected to deliver its decision on the application in May or June.