Delta Air Lines stated it is in talks with other carriers about expanding its global airline alliances, as it attempts to increase its presence in Asia (AP, 09-Mar-2010). The carrier's President, Ed Bastian, stated the carrier believes it can increase its international presence without Japan Airlines. No further details were provided.
Delta Air Lines seeking to expand presence in Asia
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