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Korean Air Signs Code-Share Deal

February 15, 2002

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ South Korean carrier Korean Air signed an agreement Friday to restore a code-sharing arrangement with Delta Air and Air France.

Lee Jong-hee, a Korean Air vice president in charge of passenger service, said the agreement will take effect on April 1 for Air France and May 1 for Delta.

``Korean Air has committed to operating as a world-class airline that puts safety first. Air France and Delta validate our hard work,″ Lee said after signing the agreement with his business partners in the two foreign airlines _ Paul G. Matsen from Delta and Patrick Bianquis from Air France.

The arrangement will allow the three airlines to code-share, or sell seats on each others’ flights as if they were their own, on a number of routes between South Korea and France, and South Korea and the United States and Japan.

Delta and Air France jointly cut off their code-sharing arrangements with Korean Air immediately after a Korean Air cargo plane crashed after taking off from Shanghai, China, in April 1999, killing all three crewmen and five people on the ground.

The crash was one in a series of disasters involving Korean Air. In December the same year, a Korean Air cargo plane crashed after takeoff from England’s Stansted airport. All four crewmen on board were killed.

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