SkyTeam - General Alliance Questions FAQs

General Alliance Questions

When was SkyTeam launched?

SkyTeam was founded on June 22, 2000 by members Aeromexico, Air France, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air.

Which carriers are members of SkyTeam?

As of March 2014, the members are Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Air.

How many cities and countries does SkyTeam serve?

As of March 2014, SkyTeam members offer their 612 million annual customers globally over 16,323 daily flights to 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.

What are the alliance benefits for customers?

The SkyTeam alliance provides customers access to an extensive global network with more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. This makes it possible for travelers to plan trips that involve the use of more than one airline, all on one ticket. At the same time, customers can earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles throughout the alliance network.

How do member airlines benefit from being a part of SkyTeam?

Airlines not flying particular routes or markets can offer their customers extended network benefits through alliances. Airlines can also share best practices on for example IT systems. Consolidation of costs, joint purchasing and co-locations at airports are other benefits. The prime example of a SkyTeam co-location is the joint check-in and lounge at London Heathrow T4.

Does SkyTeam have a CEO?

SkyTeam has a Managing Director. As head of the Management Team, the MD is responsible for implementing the strategic plan for the future as set forth by the SkyTeam Governing Board. The current MD is Perry A. Cantarutti. The Chairman of the Governing Board is Michael Wisbrun.

How has SkyTeam transformed since it began a little more than a decade ago?

Over the last decade we have more than tripled our membership, doubled flights and nearly doubled destinations to offer our customers easier connections across all continents, becoming the second largest alliance today.

What are SkyTeam's target areas for growth?

Regions where we would welcome the right opportunities to strengthen our network even further to meet the demands of our customers are India and Brazil. We are actively looking to fill these gaps by talking to several potential future partners.

Which airlines are scheduled to join SkyTeam in the near future?

Currently there are no new airlines scheduled to join.

What does SkyTeam deem most important when determining which carriers are ideal for membership?

Quality, with safety first (IOSA certificate is a prerequisite), network compatibility, and the growth potential of a candidate member.

What are SkyTeam carriers doing to minimize the environmental impact?

As a leading alliance in the global airline industry, we recognize that operating at such a high level comes with duties and responsibilities. That is why SkyTeam member airlines have drafted a Corporate Social Responsibility Statement. This statement sets out the SkyTeam commitments. We want to ensure that our development as an alliance aims for high performance not only from a financial standpoint, but also from a social and environmental perspective. The CSR statement can be downloaded here.

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