US airline Delta is becoming a convert of rail-air on this side of the Atlantic.

As we have previously reported, more and more airlines have jumped on the rail-air bandwagon in this environmentally conscious age.

Delta has launched what it brands as Air + Rail on the HS (high-speed) route Brussels-Antwerp-Amsterdam Schiphol in conjunction with train operator Thalys.

At Schiphol passengers will connect with Delta’s US-bound flights, but will have to accompany their luggage whilst using Thalys. And of course this facility is offered to travellers on the other side of the Atlantic.

Although a modest start more such links will follow.

Alain Bellemare, Delta’s international president, said:

“This Air + Rail program with Thalys is just the beginning as we look to offer our customers complete peace of mind with fast trains and convenient train services to a number of destinations throughout mainland Europe.”

Air + Rail can be booked through Delta’s website when arranging the (airline) ticket.

Delta is a Skyteam member along with Air France KLM. Air France adopted rail-air many years ago, while KLM remains lukewarm for one reason or another.

Is KLM committed to rail-air services?

The latter, besides using Thalys, operates several daily flights between Brussels and Amsterdam (much to the irritation of politicians and the green lobby) – a distance by air of little more than 100 miles.