Amstelveen,
30
November
2010
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01:00
Europe/Amsterdam

Aerolíneas Argentinas to join SkyTeam

Summary

Aerolíneas Argentinas, the flag carrier of Argentina, signed an agreement to join SkyTeam in 2012. Aerolíneas will be SkyTeam’s first South American member, adding 38 new destinations to the SkyTeam network.

The signing ceremony was held yesterday in Buenos Aires, under the patronage of the President of Argentina, Mrs. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. SkyTeam is actively working to strengthen its presence in Latin America, a region with strong growth figures and a positive outlook for the future. The emerging economy of Argentina is driven by natural, cultural and industrial resources. As the first South American member, Aerolíneas Argentinas fits well in SkyTeam’s expansion strategy, enhancing the network in the region by offering multiple new destinations in the southern hemisphere.


Through direct services by Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia and Delta Air Lines to Buenos Aires, SkyTeam already offers Argentinean customers daily access to North America and Europe, with convenient connections to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The extensive domestic and regional service of Aerolíneas Argentinas brings 38 new destinations to the SkyTeam network, including Córdoba, Mendoza, Asunción and Montevideo. With Buenos Aires serving as a Latin American hub with flights to and from key destinations in the region, SkyTeam customers will benefit from improved access to the southern part of South America and Patagonia in particular, popular destinations with travelers from all over the world.

 


Fleet renewal and improving quality and consistency

 

Aerolíneas Argentinas has initiated a long-term plan to expand and revitalize its business. Key elements of this plan include fleet renewal and rationalization, adding key international destinations such as New York and London, increasing the density of the domestic and regional network and improving product quality and consistency.

Mariano Recalde, President and CEO of Aerolíneas Argentinas said: “Aerolíneas has started a new chapter under the direction of the Argentine Government and for more than one year we have taken several measures to strengthen our business model. One of the key elements is to reinstate Aerolíneas into the industry standards and improve our customers’ experience. Joining SkyTeam is a major step towards fulfilling our goals and market recognition for our efforts and commitment. As a result, Aerolíneas’ passengers will benefit from unprecedented global connectivity through the alliance hubs and networks in Europe, America and Asia, and will also have access to a wide variety of SkyTeam products.”

Marie-Joseph Malé, Managing Director of SkyTeam, said: “As our 10th anniversary year comes to a close, we can look back on an extraordinary period of growth for the alliance. We have seen our member base in Asia grow tremendously with the announcements of China Eastern, Shanghai Airlines, China Airlines and Garuda Indonesia. Welcoming Aerolíneas Argentinas is the next significant step in expanding our presence in Latin America. Together with its plans to expand intercontinental services to New York, London and Paris, I am convinced that joining SkyTeam will help Aerolíneas Argentinas position itself as a major player in Latin America.”

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Over KLM
De Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij is in 1919 opgericht en de oudste, nog onder haar oorspronkelijke naam opererende, luchtvaartmaatschappij ter wereld. In 2004 fuseerden Air France en KLM tot AIR FRANCE KLM. Zo ontstond een sterke Europese luchtvaartgroep, gebaseerd op twee krachtige merken en hubs, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol en Parijs Charles de Gaulle. Met behoud van eigen identiteit richt de groep zich op 3 kernactiviteiten: vervoer van passagiers, vracht en vliegtuigonderhoud.

In Nederland vormt KLM de kern van de KLM Groep waar ook KLM cityhopper en transavia.com deel van uitmaken. KLM bedient al haar bestemmingen met een moderne vloot en is met ruim 33.000 medewerkers wereldwijd actief. Een speler die voorop staat in de luchtvaartindustrie, met een betrouwbare operatie, die met bezieling en op een duurzame manier innoveert in klantgerichte producten.

KLM is lid van SkyTeam, de luchtvaartalliantie die een wereldwijd netwerk aanbiedt aan al haar klanten. Het netwerk van KLM verbindt alle belangrijke economische regio’s in de wereld met Nederland en is daarmee een stimulans voor de economie.

Over SkyTeam
SkyTeam is een wereldwijde luchtvaartalliantie die de klanten van de aangesloten luchtvaartmaatschappijen een uitgebreid wereldwijd netwerk biedt met meer bestemmingen, meer frequenties en meer verbindingen. Passagiers kunnen bij alle SkyTeam Member airlines frequent flyer Miles sparen en besteden. De SkyTeam Member airlines bieden hun klanten meer dan 490 lounges wereldwijd. 

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