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SkyTeam Alliance News

01 April 2009

April 1, 2009

MILAN, April 1, 2009 — SkyTeam today announced new initiatives that include a new alliance organization, a new managing director, a new fare pass, a timeline for the opening of its co-located facility at London Heathrow Terminal 4, and the debut of the first plane with the new alliance livery. The alliance released the news in conjunction with a press briefing in Milan by the SkyTeam Steering Committee following its quarterly meeting. The SkyTeam alliance has a large presence in Milan, with service offered by Alitalia, the only airline to serve all three airports in Milan; Aeroflot; Air France; Czech Airlines; Delta Air Lines; KLM Royal Dutch Airlines; and Korean Air.

Introducing a Centralized Management
Leo van Wijk, chairman of the SkyTeam Governing Board, announced that SkyTeam is moving toward a centralized SkyTeam management entity. The new organization will be based in Amsterdam. Some of the functions that will be handled by the central organization include: marketing, sales, airport synergies and transfer product, cargo, advertising and brand, alliance operations, finance, corporate communications and alliance administration.

«In SkyTeam, we have always prided ourselves on our collaborative nature; however, given the changing landscape and the increased number of alliance members, we decided to adopt an organizational structure that allows us to navigate market realities more effectively,» said Mr. van Wijk. «Given the opportunity for maximizing synergies and providing passengers seamless benefits, SkyTeam is positioning itself for today, as well as looking toward the future.»

Mr. van Wijk also revealed that Marie-Joseph Male has been appointed the managing director of SkyTeam’s newly created management and support organization. Mr. Male, who has extensive experience with Air France in the Commercial and International areas, will be responsible for finalizing the organizational structure of SkyTeam, including the appointment of a management team.

In liaison with the Governing Board and the Steering Committee, Mr. Male’s primary duties will include refining the organization and procedures for the new central structure, as well as the interaction between the central structure and existing SkyTeam experts within each member carrier; developing a plan to recruit staff; and establishing plans to support alliance development. The goal is to have the structure and management team in place by late 2009.

«Since its founding almost nine years ago, SkyTeam has evolved tremendously — in terms of members, network, and product and service offerings,» Mr. Male said. «My main objective is to maintain the level of collaboration that helped the alliance achieve so much, but also ensure that the alliance is nimble and ready to act on future opportunities.»

Unveiling the SkyTeam Livery

Also in Milan, SkyTeam debuted its new alliance livery as Delta Air Lines flight 74 from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport touched down at Milan’s Malpensa Airport displaying the SkyTeam colors. Designed by Brandimage-Desgrippes & Laga, the SkyTeam livery blueprint was inspired by the logo, which aims to express the ideals of both strength and service through a ribbon graphic. The design includes these features:

  • The dark blue SkyTeam logo on the tail fin
  • The blue SkyTeam ribbon wrapped around the rear section of the fuselage, which is a silver color
  • The SkyTeam name in large, dark blue letters along the front side of the fuselage
  • The name of the carrier placed below the SkyTeam name on the front section of the aircraft fuselage.

For images of the livery, please visit www.skyteam.com.

All SkyTeam member airlines have committed to paint at least one aircraft with the new SkyTeam livery by the end of this year. The planes will enter service in graduated phases throughout the course of 2009.

SkyTeam to Offer Italy Pass

The alliance also announced that passengers traveling to Italy on intercontinental round-trip tickets will soon be able to take advantage of the new SkyTeam Italy Pass and benefit from discounted flight coupons on Alitalia and AirOne domestic flights. Sold outside Italy and Europe, the SkyTeam Italy Pass will require a minimum purchase of three one-way flight coupons within Italy. The Italy Pass aims to foster business and leisure traffic to Italy from intercontinental SkyTeam flights, helping grow domestic routes served by Alitalia.

Update on SkyTeam at London Heathrow
The alliance also provided a brief update regarding its plans for a co-located facility in Terminal 4 of London’s Heathrow Airport. Working with BAA, SkyTeam is making significant progress on the renovations in the check-in area and its first branded lounge. The first level of the lounge is slated to open in June of this year, with the second level scheduled to open in conjunction with the final member airline moves and the completion of the facility, currently forseen in November.

«The Heathrow project is an exciting endeavor for the alliance, an opportunity to truly blend the member airlines’ cultures and brand identities to strengthen our customers’ connection with SkyTeam,» said Francesca Freeland, lead for the SkyTeam Heathrow Airport team.

About SkyTeam

SkyTeam is the global airline alliance partnering ten members, including Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, Continental Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Korean Air, and three Associate Airlines: Air Europa, Copa Airlines (Panama) and Kenya Airways. SkyTeam offers its 462 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 16,700 daily flights covering 905 destinations in 169 countries. www.skyteam.com.

Summer 2009 data (OAG files for week of June 22, 2009)

  • Close to 1100 weekly departures
  • More than 160 000 weekly seats

Serving 45 destinations (out of which 32 ″ unique «, not served by the main competing group)

  • 13 domestic
  • 27 in Europe/Northern Africa/Middle East
  • 5 Long-Haul

Out of Malpensa

  • 26 destinations
  • 3 domestic
  • 18 in Europe/Northern Africa/Middle East
  • 5 Long-Haul

Out of Linate

  • 24 destinations
  • 13 domestic
  • 11 in Europe/Northern Africa/Middle East

SkyTeam sings preliminary membership Agreement with VIETNAM AIRLINES

HANOI, April 15, 2009 —SkyTeam and Vietnam Airlines signed a preliminary agreement today confirming the airlines’ first step towards full membership into the SkyTeam alliance. The agreement outlines Vietnam Airlines’ intentions to undertake exclusive discussions to become a part of SkyTeam during the year 2010, pending fulfillment of the alliance’s membership requirements. The signing ceremony took place in Hanoi, Vietnam, and was attended by Mr. Ho Nghia Dung, Vietnam’s Minister of Transport, senior officials of the government and ministries of Vietnam, as well as leaders of Vietnam Airlines and of SkyTeam.

«Vietnam Airlines will enhance SkyTeam’s network in Southeast Asia, adding a number of new destinations throughout the region,» said Mr. Dominique Patry, SkyTeam Steering Committee chairman and senior vice president of International Affairs and Alliances, Air France. «Given its existing service to five alliance hubs and its broad international network, Vietnam Airlines is a strategic partner for the alliance.»

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).

«The agreement we signed today reaffirms Vietnam Airlines’ position as a major carrier in the Southeast Asian region and marks a step forward in our efforts to become a strong global partner of SkyTeam,» said Dr. Pham Ngoc Minh, president and CEO of Vietnam Airlines. «Our cooperation will help develop SkyTeam and its member airlines, generating more benefits for our passengers and making greater contributions to the development of Vietnam.»

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.

About Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines is the national flag carrier of Vietnam headquartered in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Vietnam Airlines serves its 9 million annual passengers with 64 routes to 44 destinations including 28 domestic routes to 20 destinations and 36 international routes to 24 cities with more than 200 daily flights. With recent purchase orders of more than 50 aircraft mainly including A350/321s and B787-9s and future orders, the airline expects to expand its fleet to 104 and 150 aircraft by 2015 and 2020, respectively. www.vietnamairlines.com

About SkyTeam

SkyTeam is the global airline alliance partnering ten members, including Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, Continental Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Korean Air, and three Associate Airlines: Air Europa, Copa Airlines (Panama) and Kenya Airways. SkyTeam offers its 462 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 16,700 daily flights covering 905 destinations in 169 countries. www.skyteam.com.