No new US routes for VA , DL

Travel Bulletin - - STATE OF THE INDUSTRY -

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.

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