Delta Air Lines, Compass Airlines, and Alitalia have applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for the "authority to expand Alitalia's existing codesharing on Delta to include Delta Connection operations by Compass".
Compass Airlines, which operates a fleet of Embraer E-Jets, was originally a regional subsidiary of Northwest Airlines. Last year Delta announced it had sold Compass to Trans States Holdings.
According to a filing with the DOT, Alitalia's code will initially be placed on fourteen Compass routes, including Boston - Minneapolis, Newark - Detroit, Washington-National - Miami, and Los Angeles - Kansas City.
In their filing the carriers have requested a waiver from the "45-day advance filing requirement for codeshare statements of authorisation so that the proposed codeshare services may begin without delay".