Today we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Executives of SkyTeam’s 13 member airlines, including Delta, are wrapping up a two-day meeting in New York to discuss future growth of the alliance and reflect on our past.
Ten years ago, our alliance was a fledgling entity with only four founding members – AeroMexico, Air France, Delta and Korean Air. Since then, SkyTeam membership has more than tripled and our flights and destinations have nearly doubled. SkyTeam carriers today offer more than 13,000 daily flights to 898 destinations in 169 countries, up from 6,402 daily flights to 451 destinations in 98 countries at its inception.
At this week’s meeting alone, we chalked up a number of new growth milestones. China Eastern has signed an agreement to formally begin the process of joining the alliance. Air Europa, TAROM and Kenya Airways became full SkyTeam members. And, for the first time, Vietnam Airlines joined our meeting as a member.
We hope you’ll allow us to indulge a little as we look back at the first 10 years of the alliance in a video that was produced especially for today’s meeting in New York . And we ask that you keep watching for more new developments in the years to come as we look for more ways to connect you to virtually any point on the globe.
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Managing Director – Global Alliances