SkyTeam, created in 2000, is a global alliance numbered 20 members at March 31, 2014: Aéroﬂot, Aérolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, China Eastern, China Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, 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.
Governance of the alliance
SkyTeam is managed by a Governing Board and a Steering Committee with the Governing Board comprising the Chairmen and Chief Executive Ofﬁcers of the 19 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 preconditions 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 15,700 daily ﬂights to more than 1,000 destinations in 178 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 588 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 189 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 launched a new ground services offer exclusively for their most loyal customers: SkyPriority, deployed in more than 800 airports.
SkyTeam Cargo, a leading cargo alliance
Founded in 2000, SkyTeam Cargo regroups Air France-KLM Cargo, Aeroﬂot Cargo, Aerolineas Cargo, AeroMexico Cargo, Alitalia Cargo, China Airlines Cargo, China Cargo Airlines, China Southern Cargo, Czech Airlines Cargo, Delta Cargo and Korean Air Cargo, with a network of more than 900 destinations world-wide.