WestJet clarifies no alliance agreement exists with Delta

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Despite talks recent talks of a potential codeshare between Canadian carrier WestJet and Delta Air Lines, WestJet says no alliance agreement exists between the two carriers.

Reports surfaced earlier this month regarding a potential codeshare between the two carriers, and recently WestJet and Southwest shuttered plans for their highly anticipated codeshare deal. Southwest concluded that it could not accommodate changes proposed by WestJet to their confidential agreement and walked away from the tie-up.

On 26 April WestJet issued a statement in response to comments made during Delta's recent earnings call about an alliance between the two carriers being reached.

"WestJet has not signed an alliance agreement with Delta, but a commercial relationship could occur in the future," says the Canadian carrier.

Of the two major Canadian carriers - Air Canada and WestJet - Air Canada is the only carrier participating in one of the three major global alliances. Air Canada is in the midst of forging a transatlantic joint venture with its fellow Star Alliance members Continental, United and Lufthansa.

Delta has offered to agree to transfer five slot pairs at New York's LaGuardia airport to WestJet in an effort to gain approval for a larger slot swap between Delta and US Airways at LaGuardia and Washington National airports.

US regulators are still evaluating the modified slot deal proposed by Delta and US Airways.