SkyTeam has spread its wings into the south following the announcement to sign an alliance agreement with Aerolineas Argentinas, the group’s first South American member.
The official alliance integration process is expected to commence at the end of the month succeeding the signing of the agreement.
SkyTeam announced in a press release the emerging alliance expected to be complete by 2012, would increase access to and from South America benefiting customers and the group.
“SkyTeam is actively working to strengthen its presence in Latin American, a region with strong growth figures and a positive outlook for the future.”
SkyTeam said Aerolineas appealed to the group following the airlines launch of a five year restructuring plan last year, “to strengthen its business model and establish itself as a major player in Latin America”.
Aerolineas Argentinas Australia Regional Manager Oscar Cilli told e-Travel Blackboard last month everyone involved would prosper from the alliance.
“The alliance would be great for us but we are still analysing the possibility to join the [Sky]Team.”
The formal union would include increased destinations, fleet renewal, improving product quality and increased domestic and regional network.
“Aerolineas Team and Management is looking forward with an excitement and a pledge to work hard to strengthen the Sky Team Alliance,” Mr Cilli told e-Travel Blackboard.
Aerolineas Argentinas is also looking to form agreements with Asian airlines to further expand into the Australasia market.
SkyTeam the world’s second largest airline alliance is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with long standing members Air France, Delta Airlines, Air Mexico and Air Korea.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F.