During their quarterly meeting today, the SkyTeam Steering Committee
confirmed their decision to welcome Aeroflot`s bid for membership in the
alliance. SkyTeam constantly considers prospective members that can offer
customers greater convenience and extend the alliance`s global network.
With 108 destinations in 54 countries, Aeroflot`s addition to the alliance
would only enhance the opportunity for SkyTeam passengers to access new
destinations in Eastern Europe and beyond.
Aeroflot`s entrance into the alliance is contingent upon approval from the
Russian government and the fulfillment of quality standards required by
SkyTeam for all members.
“Given Aeroflot`s extensive hub network and existing bilateral
relationships with two SkyTeam members, the carrier is a natural candidate
for membership in SkyTeam, which has the leading hub network of any global
airline alliance,” said Dominique Patry, VP Alliances & International
Affairs at Air France. “We look forward to further discussions once we
receive the airline`s formal decision.”
SkyTeam is the global airline alliance partnering Aeromexico, Air France,
Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air. Through one
of the world`s most extensive hub networks, SkyTeam offers its 212 million
annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 7,600 daily flights
covering all major destinations. In 2002, Global Finance magazine named
SkyTeam the best airline in their list of the “Best Global Companies.”
Visit SkyTeam on the Web at http://www.skyteam.com/ .