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SkyTeam Increases Presence in Greater China, Underscores Position as Region’s Leading Airline Alliance

June 21, 2013 Aviation No Comments Email Email

This summer SkyTeam is offering 26,833 weekly flights to, from and within the Greater China region, an increase of 26% in frequencies over last year.

SkyTeam, which has four airlines from the region: China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern and Xiamen Airlines, has grown its Greater China network by 50% over five years and now offers service to 147 cities operated by its members.

“Greater China flights account for more than a quarter of all SkyTeam’s daily departures and we connect this dynamic economic region to the world’s key cities on every continent,” said Michael Wisbrun, SkyTeam’s managing director. “SkyTeam continues to deliver initiatives that focus on the more than 350,000 customers that fly throughout this region each day, enhancing their travel experience while bringing seamlessness between our members to a new level.”

Customers flying on SkyTeam’s network in the region enjoy greater Customer Benefits:

  • Global connectivity: 14 of SkyTeam’s 19 members serve the Greater China region. This includes: Aeroflot, Aeroméxico, Air France, Alitalia, Delta, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Saudia and Vietnam Airlines. The alliance offers the only direct link between China and Latin America with Aeromexico flying from Shanghai to Mexico City two times a week. SkyTeam also offers services to Africa from Guangzhou and Hong Kong to Nairobi with onward connections to 45 destinations operated by SkyTeam’s African member, Kenya Airways.
  • “Greater China Connection” program: launched by SkyTeam’s four China members,  this aligns scheduling and passenger services on Cross-Straits flights. The initiative offers customers more choice and convenience, thanks to increased partnership between members.
  • SkyPriority: Available at the majority of the alliance’ airports in the region, this series of priority benefits is SkyTeam’s “red-carpet treatment” for Elite Plus, First and Business Class passengers. It sets SkyTeam apart as the only alliance to offer a consistent standard of airport service for premium customers in Greater China and across the globe.
  • Enhanced airport facilities: SkyTeam and its members have signed agreements with Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to improve the customer experience. These include a co-located check-in facility in Beijing, as well as facilitating transfers for passengers connecting from one SkyTeam member to another at these hubs.
  • Go Greater China pass: Offering flexible, discounted flights and a choice of 147 destinations, this enables customers to make the most any trip to the region. It is available to customers flying on an intercontinental or Round the World ticket to Greater China.
  • To get the most out of travelling with SkyTeam, travel products have been developed and upgraded to meet customer’s needs. The Round the World product offers customers 1,000 Destinations around the globe under one ticket. Booking facilities will be added to the Online Round the World products later in the year.
  • Passengers in China can also benefit from SkyTeam’s portfolio of Travel Passes in addition to our Round the World fares, taking advantage of flexible, cost-efficient travel in Europe, USA and Canada, Asia and South West Pacific, Russia and Mexico.
  • The recently enhanced Global Meetings Product offers more convenience and more attractive pricing, through a new online tool for a minimum of 50 delegates with a wide range of fare discounts.

For more information about SkyTeam’s Go Greater China pass click here.

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