Garuda Indonesia Airways (Jakarta) today (March 5) has become the 20th member of SkyTeam. SkyTeam issued this statement:
SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has welcomed Garuda Indonesia as its 20th member and second airline from Southeast Asia. Garuda’s membership adds Jakarta as an alternative gateway to and from South East Asia, as well as 40 new destinations to SkyTeam’s global network served uniquely by the alliance.
Garuda flies to 64 destinations in 12 countries, including 40 domestic destinations. SkyTeam customers from every continent will benefit from easier access to Indonesia’s key business and tourism destinations, facilitated by Garuda’s partnerships with alliance members.
The airline boosts SkyTeam’s presence in Australia with service to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney; and in Tokyo with flights to both Narita and Haneda airports. Garuda will increase its service to Europe in May this year with a new route between Jakarta and London’s Gatwick airport.
As part of the requirements of joining SkyTeam, Garuda is implementing the alliance’s customer-focused initiatives. These include SkyPriority – priority airport services for Elite Plus, First and Business Class passengers worldwide – which has been rolled out at over 900 airports globally. Effective immediately, Garuda’s 19 million annual passengers will be able to earn and redeem miles when flying on SkyTeam member-operated flights. Members of other SkyTeam airlines’ frequent flyer programs can also earn and redeem miles when flying on Garuda Indonesia operated flights.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Garuda Indonesia has added new Boeing 777-300 ERs for its long-range routes. Boeing 777-3U3 ER PK-GIC (msn 40075) departs from Paine Field near Everett.
Middle East Airlines-MEA (Air Liban) (Beirut) yesterday (June 28) was welcomed into SkyTeam, the global airline alliance. MEA becomes the 17th member. The flag carrier of Lebanon, MEA becomes SkyTeam’s second Middle Eastern member, offering customers from the region access to an extensive global network.
MEA flies to 30 international destinations throughout Africa, the Middle East and Europe. MEA’s membership of SkyTeam makes it easier for customers to travel to and from Lebanon, whether it’s for business or leisure. This especially benefits the large Lebanese communities living in the US, Canada and Brazil, who will be able to connect via the major hubs Paris CDG and Rome. Beirut is served by SkyTeam members Alitalia, Air France, Aeroflot, Saudia and TAROM, providing additional connections via their hubs in Europe and the Middle East.
China has become an increasingly important trade partner for the Middle East. With members China Airlines, China Eastern and China Southern, the SkyTeam network opens up increased opportunities for commerce in the Greater China Region.
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Saudi Arabian Airlines (Jeddah) today (May 27) put into service its first Boeing 777 SkyTeam logojet from Amsterdam. The carrier will join the alliance in June.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Boeing 777-268 ER HZ-AKA (msn 28344) taxies at AMS today after being repainted. The jetliner also carries Saudia titles.
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MEA-Middle East Airlines (Beirut) will sign an agreement on February 28 in order to start the process of joining the SkyTeam alliance in 2012.
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Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) announced today it is planning to join the SkyTeam in 2012.
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Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) is planning to join the SkyTeam Alliance in 2012.
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TAROM-Romanian Air Transport (Bucharest) officially joined the SkyTeam global airline alliance at a ceremony held in Bucharest today (June 25). TAROM becomes the 13th carrier to join SkyTeam, which marked its 10th anniversary on June 22, 2010.
Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A318-11 D-AUAC (msn 2552) at Hamburg (Finkenwerder) became YR-ASA on delivery.
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SkyTeam yesterday (June 22) celebrated its 10th anniversary. The CEOs and Chairmen of SkyTeam gathered in New York to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the alliance. Since its founding in 2000, SkyTeam has more than tripled its membership, doubled flights and nearly doubled destinations to offer customers easier connections across all continents.
From its founding in 2000 by AeroMexico, Air France, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air, SkyTeam has grown to 13 members in 2010, including the recent addition of Vietnam Airlines and this Friday’s planned addition of Romanian carrier TAROM. SkyTeam carriers today offer more than 13,000 daily flights to 898 destinations in 169 countries, up from 6,402 daily flights to 451 destinations in 98 countries at its inception.
Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) officially joined the SkyTeam global airline alliance today (June 10).
As part of the joining ceremony in Hanoi, attended by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, senior government officials and representatives from SkyTeam member airlines, Vietnam Airlines unveiled its first aircraft in the SkyTeam livery to commemorate its membership in the alliance.
Copyright Photo: OSDU. Boeing 777-26K ER VN-A144 (msn 33505) lands at Moscow (Domodedovo).
China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) announced today (April 16) its intention to join the SkyTeam Alliance. During an official ceremony in Shanghai, China Eastern President and Chief Executive Officer Ma Xulun joined the CEOs of SkyTeam member airlines to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) confirming China Eastern’s plans to join the SkyTeam Alliance by mid-2011.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) stated the SkyTeam Alliance could offer more for JAL-Japan Airlines according to this published report.
Ex-TWA/American Boeing 757-231 N717TW (msn 28485) is now with Delta Air Lines and Blended Winglets. N717TW climbs quickly at Zurich in the 2009 SkyTeam color scheme. Copyright Photo: Adrian Arzenheimer.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has unveiled the first Boeing 757 painted in the SkyTeam alliance color scheme.
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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has taken delivery of its latest Boeing 777-306 ER registered PH-BVD (msn 35979). The new acquisition is painted in the SkyTeam Alliance colors.
F-GZNE arrives at Singapore on probably its first revenue flight. Copyright Photo: Kok Chwee (K.C.) Sim.
Air France (Paris) took delivery of the SkyTeam decorated Boeing 777-328 ER F-GZNE (msn 37432) on June 10.
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Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) yesterday (April 15) signed a preliminary agreement to join the SkyTeam Alliance in 2010. VN operates 64 routes to 20 domestic and 24 international destinations. SkyTeam’s membership will go back to 10 members as Continental Airlines is leaving the group on October 24, 2009. The airline has also received governmental approval to acquire 10 additional Airbus A321-200s.
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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) on March 30 rolled out at Atlanta its first SkyTeam logojet. Boeing 767-432 ER N844MH (msn 29717) went promptly into service as flight DL 176 to Dublin on the same day. Each SkyTeam member is expected to have a SkyTeam plane painted by the end of the year.