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.
China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai) is planning to launch its second route to Canada, this time Toronto (Pearson). According to Airline Route, the new route will be started on June 25 with Airbus A340-600s operating three days a week.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-642 B-6053 (msn 577) in SkyTeam livery rotates at Los Angeles.
Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) has flatly turned away Ryanair’s (Dublin) (please see the previous post) offer to feed Alitalia’s long range flights at its Rome Fiumicino hub. Ryanair has announced it will move many of its flights to its new Fiumicino base.
Alitalia issued this terse and short statement:
“Alitalia has its own strategy, an industrial plan, a fleet and its own crews that allow it to have the necessary passenger traffic to feed its international and intercontinental connections leaving from the hub at Fiumicino airport”.
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Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Alitalia’s Boeing 767-343 ER EI-CRM (msn 30009) arrives from Rome (Fiumicino) at New York (JFK).
Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) continues to bleed money. According to this report by Reuters, the flag carrier needs almost $680 million to avoid bankruptcy again. Its main fuel supplier has threatened to stop making fuel deliveries this weekend.
The Italian government, which considers the failing airline a “strategic asset”, has now structured a deal where state owned Poste Italiane through Mistral Air (Rome) would provide a partial capital float in the form of a capital increase to keep the passenger airline flying.
Alitalia continues to lose money and has not been profitable since 2002. The causes of continued losses has not been fully addressed due to political meddling.
The government now wants “radical change” at the airline and wants the current stockholders to share in the capital increase.
Stockholders Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam), which control 25 percent of the shares, has mainly been mum of the recent government calls for action and has continued to ask for more financial information.
The Italian government would like Air France-KLM to raise their stakes in Alitalia but this is unlikely to happen since Air France is restructuring itself.
Can Alitalia survive? Will any of the Gulf carriers (Etihad Airways?) come to the rescue? Will any of the other SkyTeam partners help? Stay tuned.
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Top Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Up-close runway action of Alitalia’s Boeing 767-35H ER EI-DBP (msn 26389) in the SkyTeam colors at New York (JFK).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Andi Hiltl/AirlinersGallery.com. Mistral Air’s Boeing 737-348 EI-BUE (msn 23810) prepares to land at Zurich.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) will extend the Amsterdam-Buenos Aires route to Santiago, Chile starting on February 2, 2014. The airline issued this statement:
From February 2, 2014, flights will be operated with a Boeing 777-300 (KL 701 and KL 702), with a stop in between in Buenos Aires three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from Amsterdam and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Santiago.
To suit its clients’ needs, KLM offers 3 classes on board:
- 35 seats in World Business Class for 777-300,
- 350 seats in Economy Class and
- 40 seats in the Economy Comfort Zone that offers 10 cm extra room for passenger’s legs, twice the lean back of their seats and priority disembarking.
KLM weekly schedules as per February 2, 2014 are:
Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-306 ER PH-BVD (msn 35979) painted in the SkyTeam alliance livery arrives back at the AMS hub.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is one of the U.S. airlines leading the stampede to find new revenue sources to “enhance the travel experience”.
According to the airline, Delta will begin offering a new travel option for SkyMiles customers which provides access to some of the airline’s most popular enhanced travel extras such as checked bags, priority boarding and seat selection for $199. The new package, called Smart Travel Pack, introduces a practical and affordable way for customers to add a suite of extra services and additional comfort for their upcoming business or personal travel.
An eligible SkyMiles member who purchases the Smart Travel Pack will receive:
- Free first checked bag for each passenger traveling in the same reservation
- Priority Boarding to give the entire party more time to get onboard and get settled in their seats with carry-on baggage stowed
- Access to Preferred Seats to allow selection of bulkhead or exit row seats or access aisle or window seat toward the front of the plane at no additional charge
- Discounted Economy Comfort which gives customers the option to upgrade to Economy Comfort for 50 percent less on domestic flights and 25 percent less on international flights
- 20 percent more bonus miles for the SkyMiles member who purchases the Smart Travel Pack to get them to their next Award Ticket faster
Package features are valid for the SkyMiles member who purchases the Smart Travel Pack during the promotion period and up to eight friends or family members traveling with them with the exception of bonus miles which are only awarded to the primary purchaser’s SkyMiles account.
Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Former TWA/American Airlines Boeing 757-231 N709TW (msn 28479) in the SkyTeam alliance color scheme, taxies at Shannon.
Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) issued its financial report for the first six months of 2013 including subsidiary Transavia Airlines (Amsterdam). The group reported an operating profit of $105 for the first half turning around a comparable loss in the first six months of 2012. The group expects to make an operating profit for the entire year.
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Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-861 F-HPJE (msn 052) climbs away from Washington (Dulles).
Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-306 ER PH-BVD (msn 35979) in the SkyTeam motif taxies to the runway at the Amsterdam hub.
Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) according to Reuters, citing a report in Kommersant, is considering leaving the SkyTeam alliance in the future. According to the report, the flag carrier is not happy with its development of routes in the United States due to the “high fares” charged by Delta Air Lines.
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Copyright Photo: OSDU/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343X VQ-BCQ (msn 1058) in the SkyTeam motif arrives at the Moscow (Sheremetyevo) hub.
On May 29 Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will operate their first inflight connectivity flights with Wi-Fi on board. The new service will allow customers to remain connected with the world by being able to send text messages and e-mails and surf the Internet during their flight. On our specially designed inflight website we also offer a broad range of free and up to date services including live television news and sports channels, relevant airline and destination information.
In partnership with Panasonic Avionics, Air France and KLM will conduct a trial phase throughout the rest of 2013 on two Boeing 777-300s. During that time, customers can connect to the internet using their Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, laptops or tablets at a fixed rate and use their mobile phones for text messages or email, no matter what travel class they are in. The two Wi-Fi equipped aircraft will operate on several long-haul destinations during the trial.
During the pilot phase we will offer hourly and full-flight fees: EUR 10.95 per hour or EUR 19.95 for the full flight, applicable for all classes. These fees are in line with industry average. Travellers can pay for their internet access by credit card. Mobile phone usage (for text and data) will be billed to the phone users according to their own roaming agreements. Access to the inflight website will be free of charge.
Wireless service — whether the on-board portal or satellite internet — will commence once the flight has reached 20,000 feet, shortly after take-off.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. KLM’s Boeing 777-306 ER PH-BVD (msn 35979) in the SkyTeam livery powerfully climbs away from Paine Field near Everett.
AeroMexico (Mexico City) has announced its new route from Las Vegas to Puerto Penasco and Hermosillo, Mexico. The new route will start on June 20.
AeroMexico Connect will operate two weekly flights to these Mexican touristic destinations with 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft with the following schedule:
Las Vegas – Puerto Penasco*
|AM 2675||03:28 pm||05:34 pm||Thursday & Sunday|
Puerto Penasco – Hermosillo*
|AM 2675||06:09 pm||07:05 pm||Thursday & Sunday|
Hermosillo – Puerto Penasco*
|AM 2674||10:47 am||11:49 am||Thursday & Sunday|
Puerto Penasco – Las Vegas*
|AM 2674||12:34 pm||02:28 pm||Thursday & Sunday|
*Schedules are in local time of each country and subject to change without notice.
Puerto Penasco is the newest tourist destination in the country’s Northwest that offers visitors an impressive hotel infrastructure of the condo-hotel type and which has begun the construction of a “Home Port” to open the Sea of Cortez to cruise liners, in addition to beautiful beaches for relaxing and admiring the lovely sunsets, two golf courses, as well as many water sports options such as: sailing, sport fishing and jet skiing. Complementing this attractive destination’s offerings is the impressive Pinacate Biosphere Reserve and its more than 400 craters surrounded by the Grand Altar Desert.
Hermosillo, capital of the state of Sonora, has positioned itself as one of the most attractive cities in the country because of the astonishing variety of activities that can be enjoyed here - snorkeling, hiking, bird watching, mountain cycling, in addition to hunting tourism – and its economic, political and social important development. The city is located three hours from the border, 100 kilometers from the Sea of Cortez, and with fast access to all other regions of the entity and other states.
With this new route, AeroMexico adds to its network the 47th destination in Mexico.
Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. AeroMexico Connect’s Embraer ERJ 145LR (EMB-145LR) XA-CLI (msn 14500803) in the SkyTeam livery arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.
Video: AeroMexico Connect ERJ 145 Video:
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) today announced a balanced capital deployment program aimed at creating up to $5 billion of value for shareholders, including returning more than $1 billion to shareholders over the next three years.
As part of this program, Delta’s Board of Directors has initiated a quarterly dividend and declared a $0.06 per share dividend for shareholders of record as of Aug. 9, 2013. This dividend will be paid on Sept. 10, 2013. In addition, the Board has authorized a $500 million share repurchase program, to be completed no later than June 30, 2016. Together, these two programs are designed to return more than $1 billion of capital to shareholders over the next three years.
“Delta’s financial performance and balance sheet have strengthened considerably over the past five years and the Board believes the company is now in a position to begin returning cash to our shareholders,” said Daniel Carp, chairman of Delta’s Board of Directors. “The Board’s shareholder return program makes a long-term commitment to our shareholders with the implementation of an ongoing quarterly dividend, while also providing flexibility to return additional cash to shareholders through the share repurchase program.”
Comprehensive Financial Plan
Since 2009, Delta has made significant investments in its people, product and service, while improving its earnings and generating $4 billion of free cash flow. That free cash flow has been dedicated to strengthening the company’s balance sheet. As a result, Delta’s adjusted net debt has fallen from $17 billion at the end of 2009 to just under $12 billion at the end of 2012. The company expects to achieve its $10 billion adjusted net debt target by the end of 2013.
“Delta’s strategy has resulted in a solid financial foundation for our company, tremendous improvements in our fleet, facilities, products and technology, as well as top-notch operational reliability and service to our customers,” said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. “The capital deployment plan unveiled today furthers our commitment to becoming the airline of choice for our employees, customers and shareholders.”
In an investor presentation this morning, Delta outlined a comprehensive, five-year financial plan. The plan focuses on free cash flow generation through a combination of expected earnings improvements and a disciplined approach to capital investment. Over the next five years, the company plans to reinvest $2.0 – $2.5 billion annually, or approximately 50 percent of its operating cash flow, into improving the company’s fleet, facilities, products and technology. The resulting free cash flow will be used to return cash to shareholders, further reduce the company’s debt, and opportunistically address longer-term pension funding needs, driving up to $5 billion of value to Delta’s shareholders.
As part of this plan, Delta expects to achieve and maintain an adjusted net debt level of $7 billion, a $5 billion reduction over 2012. By meeting the $7 billion target, Delta will have reduced its adjusted net debt by $10 billion since 2009, significantly decreasing the company’s balance sheet risk and generating more than 50 percent savings in interest expense.
The company also plans to make up to $1 billion of incremental contributions to the company’s defined benefit pension plans over the next five years. These contributions would be in addition to the $650 – $700 million annual required minimum contribution.
Repurchases under Delta’s program may be made through a variety of methods, which may include open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions, block trades, or accelerated share repurchase transactions in compliance with applicable regulatory guidelines, including Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 10b-18. Purchases will be made subject to market and economic conditions, applicable legal requirements, and other relevant factors. Delta had approximately 855 million shares of common stock outstanding as of March 31, 2013.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 737-832 WL N3755D (msn 29627) in the SkyTeam motif arrives at Los Angeles.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will reintroduce three routes for the summer season from Los Angeles in June per Airline Route. Anchorage will be served twice-weekly with Boeing 757-200s effective June 21. Boston will be flown daily also with 757-200s starting on June 10. Finally Spokane service will be added with daily service starting on June 10 and will be served by Bombardier CRJ900s operated by SkyWest Airlines (St. George).
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Ex-TWA/American Boeing 757-231 N722TW (msn 29385) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport dressed in the special SkyTeam livery.
Grupo Aeromexico S.A.B. De C.V. (AeroMexico) (Mexico City), the largest intercontinental airline in Mexico, reported consolidated unaudited results for the fourth quarter and full year 2012.
- Net income during the fourth quarter 2012 was MXP $612 million ($47.9 million); an increase as compared to the MXP $294 million ($23 million) net income reported for the same period in 2011. Full year net income was MXP $1,323 million ($103.6 million) despite record-high fuel prices and the negative impact of a 5.8% exchange rate depreciation.
- Fourth quarter operating profit before other non-operating revenues and expenses was MXP $356 million, with a 3.6% margin. 2012 operating profit before other non-operating revenues and expenses was MXP $2,529 million, with a 6.4% margin. Operating margin was 6.5%, excluding the effect of Aeromexico Cargo consolidation.
- 2012 EBITDAR was MXP $6,811 million, the second highest annual EBITDAR in the Company’s history, despite negative impacts related to the fuel price increase and the aforementioned exchange rate depreciation. EBITDAR margin was 17.2%; after adjusting for the cargo consolidation effect, this margin was 17.6%.
- Grupo Aeromexico reported record revenues of MXP $39,569 million in 2012; 10.5% growth year-over-year. This growth was driven primarily by increased yields, higher passenger flows and an increase in cargo revenues. Fourth quarter revenues reached MXP $9,897 million; a 1.7% increase year on year.
- Cost per available seat kilometer (CASK) excluding fuel and adjusting for the accounting effect of consolidating Aeromexico Cargo (AM Cargo), increased 5.4% in 2012 compared to last year. This is primarily due to the exchange rate depreciation. This indicator, expressed in U.S. dollars, decreased 1.7%. CASK in pesos, excluding fuel and the cargo business consolidation, grew 3.7% in the fourth quarter as compared to the same period last year.
- During the year, Grupo Aeromexico executed the most ambitious investment program in the Company’s history, making payments of MXP $4,261 million in fixed assets investments, aircraft purchase prepayments, guarantee deposits and the amortization of debt not related to the purchase of aircraft. The Company’s cash position as of December 31, 2012 was MXP $3,452 million.
- Grupo Aeromexico took delivery of eight new Embraer-190 in 2012. Six of these were delivered as part of the aircraft acquisition program through the BNDES credit line and two were delivered through operating leases. The Company also took delivery of three Boeing 737-800 through US Ex-Im Bank financing. Three Embraer 170 aircraft also were added to the fleet through operating leases. Additionally, two Boeing 737-800, one Boeing 767-200 and one Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft were re-delivered.
Copyright Photo: Wingnut. Boeing 767-284 ER XA-JBC (msn 24762) in the SkyTeam motif prepares to taxi to the runway at London (Heathrow).
Czech Airlines to resume long-haul services with Airbus A330s, will retire the last Boeing 737-500 at the end of the winter season
Czech Airlines-CSA (Prague) is again getting back into the long-haul business with leased Airbus A330s (previously operated with Airbus A310s). The first route will be to Seoul starting in June 2013. The airline is also adding short-range flights to Florence, Nice and Perm (Russia) on March 31, 2013. Czech Airlines is also retiring the last Boeing 737-500 (pictured) at the end of the current winter schedule. The company has issued the following statement:
After a three-year hiatus, Czech Airlines is again including its own long-haul flights in its flight schedule. A wide-body Airbus A330 will join the airline’s fleet, enabling Czech Airlines to launch new scheduled service to Seoul, South Korea, and to initiate more intensive code-share cooperation with Korean Air in operating long-haul flights from Prague via Seoul to the East Asia, based on the model of cooperation being successfully employed with Etihad Airways. The new agreement will also ensure better connections to Czech Airlines flights from Prague to Europe for Korean Air’s clients. In addition to Seoul, Czech Airlines will introduce new service to Perm, Nice, Munich, Zurich and Florence in the 2013 summer season.
The twice-weekly Airbus A330-300 service to Seoul (Incheon) will commence on June 1 per Airline Route. The carrier is expected to also launch A330 service to Almaty, Ekaterinburg and Moscow (Sheremetyevo).
Next June, a long-haul Airbus A330 hired on the basis of operative leasing will join the Czech Airlines fleet. Among other flights, the aircraft will be deployed on Czech Airlines’ new scheduled long-haul service to Seoul. The flights will leave Prague every Saturday and Sunday, and Seoul every Sunday and Tuesday, supplementing the four weekly Korean Air flights. The two airlines will share codes on the route.
Seoul is not the only new destination in the Czech Airlines flight schedule in the 2013 summer season. The airline will open regular service to Perm in Russia, as well as Nice, Munich, Zurich and Florence. To certain destinations, it is introducing a noon flight wave, and increasing the number of flights compared to the 2012 summer season. These destinations include Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Milan, Stockholm and Warsaw. In making a year-on-year comparison, the airline will also offer more weekly flights to Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don and Ufa. Czech Airlines will newly add Brisbane, Singapore and Nairobi to its flight schedule, which will be operated in cooperation with Etihad Airways. Another innovation in the summer flight schedule is a change in the model of operation to Baltic destinations. Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn will remain in Czech Airlines’ offer, and will be operated by airBaltic on a code-share basis.
In the 2013 summer season, only Airbus (A330, A320, A319) and ATR (ATR 72 and ATR 42) aircraft will be deployed on Czech Airlines flights. The airline will have thereby complied with one of its last restructuring tasks – the transition to a fleet of just two aircraft makes. Boeing 737-500 aircraft will be retired from the fleet by the end of the current winter season.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Boeing 737-55S OK-XGE (msn 26543) is currently painted in the SkyTeam colors. The airliner is pictured at Palma de Mallorca.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is reportedly in discussions with Singapore Airlines (Singapore) to acquire their 49 percent share in Virgin Atlantic Airways (London). If successful, Delta’s European partners, namely Air France-KLM, could then buy some of Sir Richard Branson’s shares to take control of the UK company according to this report by the Financial Times.
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Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. If completed, it would be a bold move by SkyTeam to further increase its presence at slot-controlled Heathrow Airport in London against the Oneworld alliance. Boeing 737-832 N3755D (msn 29627) climbs away from Los Angeles International Airport.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Is the Virgin Atlantic brand in danger of becoming history? Boeing 747-41R G-VROC (msn 32746) arrives at New York (JFK) in the updated 2010 motif.
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Top Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 777-328 ER F-GZNN (msn 40376) in the SkyTeam motif climbs away from Paine Field near Everett, Washington.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. KLM’s Boeing 737-7K2 PH-BGN 9msn 38125) taxies at Geneva.
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.
Copyright Photo: Wingnut.
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.
Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.
MEA-Middle East Airlines Airbus A321-231 F-ORME (msn 1878) LHR (Rolf Wallner), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
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.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Please click on the photo for further information.
Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-312 LV-BMT (msn 048) MIA (Bruce Drum), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
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.
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.
Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-432 ER N844MH (msn 29717) (SkyTeam) JFK (Ken Petersen), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is growing its international presence at its Minneapolis/St. Paul hub, with enhanced offerings to Latin America and Europe. The expansion includes:
New nonstop service between Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Mexico City International Airport, subject to foreign government approval. The flight will mark the first nonstop service operated by any airline between the two cities.
The extension of Delta’s nonstop flight between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport from seasonal to year-round service.
The expansion of Delta’s nonstop service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and London-Heathrow from five days each week to daily service for winter 2010.
In addition to the new Mexico City service, Delta offers nonstop seasonal flights between Minneapolis-St. Paul and six Mexican cities: Cancun, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa and Cozumel. Delta also provides nonstop seasonal service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to three Caribbean destinations: Grand Cayman; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The new daily flight to Mexico City, which begins Dec. 18, will be operated with 124-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, which are equipped with 16 First class and 108 Economy seats.
Delta’s service between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Paris will be operated with a Boeing 767-300 ER, which offers 36 BusinessElite seats and 180 seats in Economy. Delta’s service to London-Heathrow will be operated with a Boeing 767-400 ER, which features 40 full flat BusinessElite seats and 205 seats in Economy.
Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen. Boeing 767-432 ER N844MH (msn 29717) taxies past the camera at New York (JFK) in the SkyTeam livery.
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.
Korean Air (Seoul) has unveiled its first SkyTeam logojet.
Aeroflot Russian Airlines (Moscow) will soon take delivery of Airbus A330-343X registered VP-BCQ (msn 1058, ex F-WWYX). It is the first aircraft painted in the SkyTeam color scheme.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta), union free for 80 years, with the acquisition of Northwest Airlines, is flying into an “union storm”, according to TheStreet.com. Delta is hoping it can ward off the coming unionization efforts.
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has unveiled the first Boeing 757 painted in the SkyTeam alliance color scheme.
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.
Air France (Paris) took delivery of the SkyTeam decorated Boeing 777-328 ER F-GZNE (msn 37432) on June 10.
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.
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.