SkyTeam, created in 2000, is the second largest airline alliance in terms of market share, with 19%.
A global alliance
SkyTeam now comprises 19 members: Aéroflot, Aérolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, China Eastern, China Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, MEA Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Air. While retaining their separate identities and brands, the airlines work together to offer their customers an extended network and global services. A new member, Garuda Indonesia, is expected to join the alliance within the next few months.
Governance of the alliance
The alliance is managed by a Governing Board and a Steering Committee with the Governing Board comprising the Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of the member airlines. It meets twice a year to define the major strategic orientations and appoints, for a two year term of office, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Steering Committee which is made up of the alliance directors.
Major advantages for alliance members
To become an alliance member, airlines must fulfil a number of prior conditions notably in terms of operations, technologies and products. They must thus be linked by code sharing agreements and have signed agreements covering their loyalty programs and the sharing of lounges. They must also be able to offer products and services specific to the alliance. Belonging to SkyTeam strengthens the reputation of the airlines by enabling them to extend their offer to all world regions, bolstering their commercial presence. As a member of the SkyTeam alliance, Air France-KLM thus has access to a global network offering some 15,500 daily flights to more than 1,000 destinations in 187 countries.
Significant benefits for alliance customers
The SkyTeam network is organized around major hubs enabling the alliance to offer a very large number of connecting flights and guarantee its 552 million annual passengers a seamless travel experience on flights with one or several airline members. The alliance has developed specific products such as the Passes that enable travel in the destination region at attractive fares, global contracts exclusively for large companies or contracts for the organizers and attendees of congresses and international events. The 161 million passengers who are members of the frequent flyer programs earn air miles on all SkyTeam flights that can be redeemed with several member airlines during the same journey. In 2012, the SkyTeam airlines deployed SkyPriority, a new ground services offer exclusively for their most loyal customers.
SkyTeam Cargo, a leading cargo alliance
Air France-KLM is also a member of SkyTeam Cargo. This global alliance dedicated to cargo has 9 airline members who combine their experience and expertise to offer an innovative air freight service: Aeroflot, AeroMexico Cargo, Air France-KLM Cargo, Alitalia Cargo, China Airlines Cargo, China Southern Cargo, Korean Air Cargo, Czech Airlines Cargo, Delta Cargo.