Later today Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines will be signing a global joint venture agreement in which the parties will jointly operate trans-Atlantic routes.

In a joint press release the SkyTeam Alliance carriers say the joint venture agreement will be signed today and it will account for 25% of total trans-Atlantic capacity.

Under the agreement the parties "will jointly operate the trans-Atlantic routes, share revenues and costs."

The agreement will also cover all the partners' flights between Amsterdam and India and North America and Tahiti, it says, adding that the joint-venture is expected to have annual revenue of $12 billion.

This agreement "is taking place in the wider context of the liberalisation of air services between the European Union and the United States," it adds.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news