In March, SkyTeam opened Korean Air's new hub at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, providing passengers with unequaled access to Asia and the world and further advancing the alliance's growth potential within its hub network.
Also in March, CSA Czech Airlines was officially welcomed as SkyTeam's fifth member.
On July 27, Alitalia – Linee Aeree Italiane joined the alliance. With Alitalia, SkyTeam passengers gained access to 869 additional daily flights to 21 new destinations in six additional countries served by Alitalia's fleet of 166 modern aircraft.
On August 15, Air France, Alitalia – Linee Aeree Italiane, CSA Czech Airlines and Delta filed a joint application for antitrust immunity with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to allow the four carriers to expand their current marketing agreements and develop a coordinated approach to sales and marketing programs.
In November, SkyTeam Cargo members Air France, Delta and Korean Air launched the U.S. Cargo Sales Joint Venture to provide a centralized source for booking and service, with 14 branches in locations throughout the United States, including regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.