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Air France-KLM wary of Alitalia quitting SkyTeam

February 21, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The chief of Air France-KLM says his airline is working with US partner Delta Air Lines to find a way of keeping Alitalia in the SkyTeam alliance – but he adds that Air France-KLM has no interest in buying into Alitalia.

Air France-KLM chief executive Jean-Marc Janaillac told a press conference on Friday his airline was “not a potential buyer” for Alitaia. He acknowledged the risk, however, that Alitalia could leave Skyteam and the North Atlantic joint venture, which would have a negative impact for Air France-KLM.

Reuters has reported that Lufthansa, which heads the rival Star Alliance, says it might consider a bid for Alitalia but only if the Italian airline could be restructured.

Janaillac said Skyteam was looking at a new joint venture in the Atlantic with a specific role for Alitalia – but it wants the Italian carrier as a partner, not a competitor.

Members of SkyTeam’s 20 member airlines

Airlines value the Italian market because Italy is a magnet for international tourists.

SkyTeam consists of 20 member airlines. It offers travellers over 600 lounges and the ability to earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles. SkyTeam Elite Plus customers are eligible for SkyPriority services.

SkyTeam’s 20 members are: Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.

In combination, the carrier convey 730 million passengers a year on more than 16,609 daily flights to 1074 destinations in 177 countries.

Written by Peter Needham

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