SkyTeam today announced that the Taiwanese carrier China Airlines has joined the alliance and is the fifth carrier of the region to join the SkyTeam The full media release from SkyTeam can be read below: China Airlines Joins SkyTeam Tuesday 14 September 2010 Alliance firmly strengthens Asia Pacific network by welcoming fifth carrier from the region China Airlines, the flag carrier of Taiwan, today formally announced the start of its joining process leading to full entry into the SkyTeam Airline Alliance. The process is expected to be completed by mid-2011. The announcement comes just a few months after China Eastern signed an agreement to join SkyTeam. The addition of China Airlines to the alliance complements the well anchored position of China Southern, solidifying the unrivalled presence of SkyTeam in Greater China. With China Airlines as a partner, SkyTeam customers will benefit from further improved access to SkyTeam’s extensive Asia Pacific network. Headquartered in Taipei, China Airlines is the largest airline of Taiwan, home to one of the world’s most dynamic technology-driven economies that also possesses abundant tourism opportunities and booming aviation industry prospects. During an official ceremony in Taipei, China Airlines’ President Huang-Hsiang Sun, joined the CEOs and representatives of SkyTeam member airlines in signing an Adherence Agreement, thus formally starting the process of China Airlines joining SkyTeam. The signing ceremony took place at National Concert Hall in Taipei, witnessed by Chairman of the SkyTeam Governing Board Leo van Wijk, Managing Director of SkyTeam Marie-Joseph Malé and Chairman Liu Shaoyong of future member China Eastern. “The inclusion of China Airlines in our network will solidify SkyTeam’s unrivalled presence in the Greater China market, a region that continues to experience significant economic growth,” said Leo van Wijk. “In addition to the services provided by our existing members, China Airlines offers an extensive cross-strait operation, linking Taiwan to multiple major destinations in China. Also, Taipei will serve as an alternative Asian hub with services to and from key business destinations in the region.” “Joining SkyTeam is a long-term development strategy for China Airlines, and for many years we have been actively promoting various types of cooperation with SkyTeam member airlines with this objective in mind. As the first Taiwanese airline to join the world-class alliance, our strategic target is to continuously strengthen profitability and boost international market competitiveness,” said China Airlines Chairman Philip Wei. Mr. Malé added: “We are honored and delighted to welcome China Airlines in our midst. We now enter a phase where China Airlines will work closely together with the current members to establish bilateral agreements and fulfill the more than 100 membership requirements We rely in particular on our Asian members to use their advanced experience in the alliance to guide China Airlines in the joining process and expect our newest member to effectively join SkyTeam around mid 2011”. Maximizing the Greater Chinese, Asian and global network The China Airlines network will complement those of Guangzhou-based China Southern and […]
Air France has just announced that Air France and Vietnam Airlines have signed a code share agreement which will come into effect from 3 July 2010 and allow its passengers to fly nonstop from Charles de Gaulle Paris (CDG) to both Hanoi (HAN) or Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) Vietnam three times a week. The full media release from Air France can be read below: 6 new non-stop flights every week to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City 13 flights instead of 7 between Paris and Vietnam Air France has just signed a code-share agreement with Vietnam Airlines so that, starting 3 July 2010 its customers can fly non stop from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City three times a week. These flights will be operated by Vietnam Airlines in Boeing 777-200, under the ‘AF’ Air France flight code. They come in addition to flights Air France already operates via Bangkok to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Air France will be offering 13 instead of 7 flights a week, including 6 between Paris and Hanoi and 7 between Paris and Ho Chi Minh City. Furthermore, within the terms of this agreement, as early as winter 2010, Air France will operate a nonstop flight between Ho Chi Minh City and Paris three times a week by Boeing 747-400 then by Boeing 777-300ER. In November 2010, all flights to Vietnam will be nonstop. Flight schedule from 3 July to 30 October 2010 (local time): Flights between Paris and Hanoi: six flights a week Paris-CDG / Hanoi Flight Number Route Days Operation Departure Arrival AF 176* Paris to Hanoi M Th Sa 14:00 06:35 Following day AF 177* Hanoi to Paris W F Su 23:40 07:00 Following day AF 174 Paris to Hanoi W F Su 19:20 15:05 Following day AF 173 Hanoi to Paris M Th Sa 19:30 06:00 Following day *Flights operated by Vietnam Airlines Flights between Paris and Ho Chi Minh City: daily flights Flight Number Route Days Operation Departure Arrival AF 164 Paris to Ho Chi Minh M Tu Th Sa 19:20 14:50 following day AF 169 Ho Chi Minh to Paris Tu W F Su 19:50 06:00 following day AF 158* Paris to Ho Chi Minh W F Su 13:25 06:35 following day AF 157* Ho Chi Minh to Paris M Th Sa 22:50 06:30 following day *Flights operated by Vietnam Airlines Vietnam Airlines operates 72 routes to 20 domestic and 26 international destinations with a young fleet of 70 modern aircraft, serving more than 9 million passengers annually to popular cities, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Moscow, Paris, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo. Vietnam Airlines will add 20 unique destinations to the SkyTeam network, including 13 cities in Vietnam. In 2006, Vietnam Airlines was officially accepted as a full member of the International Air Transport Association
SkyTeam has opened a shared facility at Barcelona’s Terminal 1, which will cater for 8 SkyTeam alliance airlines in total and include 28 Check-in desks & 6 self service kiosks. The 8 SkyTeam alliance airlines that will operate from Barcelona’s Terminal 1 include, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines and KLM Royal Dutch Airline. The full media release from SkyTeam can be read below: SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, will unveil its brand new state-of-the-art customer focused facility at Terminal 1 Barcelona El Prat International airport on Sunday 25 October. This is the first time that the alliance has operated out of a common location in Spain and the new facility brings together eight SkyTeam carriers allowing passengers to choose from over 40 nonstop destinations including Paris, Rome, New York and Moscow. The SkyTeam move to Terminal 1 is the final phase of Aeropuertos Espanoles y Naviegacion Aerea’s (AENA) airport project. In the new Terminal 1, the SkyTeam partners, namely Aeroméxico, Aeroflot, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, will share airport services including 28 check-in desks, six SkyTeam self-service kiosks and bag drop-off locations. Delta Air Lines, Air France and KLM also have their own co-branded ticket office in the check-in area as part of their joint venture partnership. For premium class, SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus passengers, the member airlines also have three dedicated check-in desks as well as offer access to two airport lounges, Pau Casals and Miro, offering a wide range of facilities. “The new SkyTeam terminal provides significantly easier flight connections, better facilities at check-in, as well as an extensive flight network to choose from,” says Gordon Humphreys, vice president, airport services, SkyTeam. “The co-location of the SkyTeam carriers is a very important part of the alliance’s future strategy and we will continue to look at other opportunities around the world.”
SkyTeam the world’s largest global airline alliance revealed its new shared facilities at London Heathrow’s Terminal 4. Today 4 of the alliances airlines (Delta, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Kenya Airways) are operating out of the facility, with the remaining (Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, Czech Airlines and Korean Air) to move on 4 November. The full media release from SkyTeam can be read below: Today SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, unveiled its spacious, customer-focused facility at Terminal 4 at London Heathrow airport. The new facility includes an exclusive premium check-in area for first and business class passengers, premium economy passengers, as well as SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus passengers. Also unveiled today was the second level of the SkyTeam co-branded lounge. When the check-in area and second level of the lounge open to passengers on November 5 and November 9, respectively, the combined amenities will offer an enhanced experience for customers travelling through London Heathrow. SkyTeam is the first airline alliance to unveil a permanent, common facility in one terminal at London Heathrow. “This is the first time member airlines have worked together from start to finish to create a consolidated facility truly centered around the alliance and our passengers,” said Marie-Joseph Malé, managing director, SkyTeam. “Shared spaces like Heathrow demonstrate how, through collaboration, alliances can deliver added value to customers while realizing efficiencies for members.” Landside Space Designed for Flow The common alliance facility at Terminal 4 was designed to invoke movement through a modern look inspired by the SkyTeam brand. For the first time, all SkyTeam co-located members will share airport services, including check-in desks, self-service kiosks, and bag drop off locations. The premium check-in area, the first to be SkyTeam branded, will offer first and business class passengers as well as SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus passengers 14 check-in desks and 10 common-use, self-service kiosks. By early 2010, passengers will be able to access travel reservations with any of the eight SkyTeam carriers serving London Heathrow at kiosks in the premium zone and throughout the terminal. Airside Lounge a First For Alliance Once airside, first and business class passengers and SkyTeam Elite Plus passengers will enjoy access to the SkyTeam branded lounge, designed by Brandimage – Desgrippes & Laga. Services on the second level of the lounge will include: a quiet room with day beds; two VIP rooms; and a separate children’s area with games and television. The first floor, which opened in June, offers a variety of amenities including wine bar, oxygen bar and full-body massage chairs. An enhanced presence at London Heathrow will augment SkyTeam’s already superior global hub network. At London Heathrow, passengers can take advantage of several nonstop service options to SkyTeam’s hubs, such as Amsterdam, Atlanta, Milan, Moscow, Nairobi, New York, Paris, Prague, Rome and Seoul. During the upcoming winter season, SkyTeam will operate 42 daily flights from Heathrow to several alliance hubs and key international destinations. Currently, Delta, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Kenya Airways are operating out of Terminal […]
The Prime Minister of Vietnam has approved Vietnam’s national carrier Vietnam Airlines to join SkyTeam by 2010 The Prime Minister has just agreed to the proposal of Vietnam Airlines on an additional purchase of 10 passenger planes, the Airbus A321-200, during the period of 2011-2014. Accordingly, the Vietnamese flag carrier should directly negotiate the details of the contract with the producer. The Prime Minister also permitted Vietnam Airlines to join SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, and to prepare the necessary groundwork for the accession in 2010. Still, he requested the carrier to follow the current principles and regulations during the membership. Vietnam Airlines operates 64 routes to 20 domestic and 24 international destinations with a young fleet of 50 modern aircraft, serving more than 9 million passengers annually to popular cities, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Moscow, Paris, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo. Vietnam Airlines will add 17 unique destinations to the SkyTeam network, including 14 cities in Vietnam. In 2006, Vietnam Airlines was officially accepted as a full member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Currently, SkyTeam members China Southern and Korean Air have codeshare agreements with Vietnam Airlines, and Air France has engaged in strong bilateral cooperation with the airline.