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APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Sept. 10, 2010) – Delta Airlines yesterday announced a codeshare deal with Hawaiian Airlines.

The agreement, which starts on September 15, allows Delta customers to buy tickets on Hawaiian and vice versa. Passengers can also earn and redeem frequent flier miles between the two airlines.

"While Delta is already a leader in service to Hawaii, with flights between the islands and nine cities in the U.S. and Japan, this new codeshare agreement with Hawaiian Airlines will allow customers to connect beyond our main Hawaiian gateways to five popular vacation points beyond," said Charlie Pappas, Delta’s managing director - Alliances.

The agreement brings Hawaiian a step closer to entering Delta’s SkyTeam alliance if it wants to join it. Hawaiian is one of the few domestic carriers that is not part of one of the big three alliances - SkyTeam, Star and Oneworld.

Hawaiian is no longer a puddle-jumper between islands. The airline will launch service to Seoul-Incheon International Airport in South Korea early next year and was awarded one of the four coveted U.S.-Haneda routes by the Department of Transportation in May. Hawaiian will launch Honolulu-Haneda service in the next few months already flies to Australia, American Samoa, the Philippines and Tahiti.

If Hawaiian joined SkyTeam it would strengthen Delta’s alliance presence in Asia at a time when American’s Oneworld alliance Asia partner, Japan Airlines, continues to shrink as it restructures.

Fort Worth Star

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