UPDATE 1-Delta to resume Aeromexico code-share

* Move follows U.S. upgrade of Mexico air safety rating

* Delta shares up

ATLANTA, Dec 21 (BestGrowthStock) – Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N: )
said on Tuesday that it will reinstate the code-share
arrangement under which it sells seats on Aeromexico planes onDec. 29.

The move follows the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s
recent decision to restore Mexico’s aviation safety rating to
Category 1. Earlier this year, Delta had pulled its DL code
from Aeromexico bookings after the FAA downgraded that rating
to Category 2, which typically means that aviation authorities
have fallen short on technical expertise, personnel or
inspection procedures.

The FAA downgrade temporarily prohibited U.S. airlines from
selling seats on flights of airlines overseen by Mexican
authorities, Delta said. In code-sharing agreements, an airline
sells seats on another carrier’s flights as if they were its
own.

On Dec. 1, the FAA said Mexico’s civil aviation authority
had regained compliance with international safety standards.

Aeromexico is a member of the SkyTeam marketing alliance
led by Delta.

Shares of Delta were up 1.4 percent at $12.70 in afternoon
trading as most other U.S. airlines gained. The Arca Airline
index (.XAL: ) was up nearly 1 percent.
(Reporting by Karen Jacobs; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Gunna
Dickson)

UPDATE 1-Delta to resume Aeromexico code-share