Delta Air Lines and Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for an interlining arrangement.
The arrangement will see the two airlines providing reciprocal interline ticketing and baggage services from the third quarter of 2021, say the two carriers in a joint statement.
The move will allow passengers on Delta’s daily Los Angeles-Sydney service to connect with Rex’s Australian network, while Rex passengers will be able to connect to Delta’s return service to Los Angeles. From 18 December, the frequency of the Delta service will go from daily to 10 times weekly.
“Rex will be a valued partner that will bring additional connectivity and geographic reach to both airlines,” says Delta vice president of alliance partner development, Jeff Arinder.
“We look forward to welcoming more customers to our flights from Sydney to the U.S. and providing a world-class customer experience in the air and on the ground.”
Rex deputy chairman Jon Sharp notes that the arrangement will offer Delta passengers access to 60 Rex routes.
Cirium schedules data suggests that Delta operates the Airbus A350-900 on the Los Angeles-Sydney route.
Rex operates 60 Saab 340 turboprops for regional routes, as well as six Boeing 737-800s on key domestic routes.