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Alitalia joins the transatlantic joint venture

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Monday 5 July 2010

Alitalia, the major Italian airline, has today entered the transatlantic joint venture formed by Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines, the air transport industry's leading transatlantic JV.

 With this JV, passengers benefit from practical access to the world's largest transatlantic network offering close to 250 daily flights and 55,000 seats, including the 20 daily transatlantic flights to five US destinations from Rome and Milan-Malpensa. With Alitalia,the joint venture represents some 26% of overall capacity on transatlantic routes and annual income estimated at over 10 billion dollars. The arrival of Alitalia adds the Italian market, the third biggest in Europe, to the transatlantic JV.

Alitalia rejoint la joint venture transatlantique

The JV has allowed customers to take advantage of many benefits over the past decade. Dozens of new routes have been opened thanks to cooperation between airlines, with, for example, the introduction of Delta's flights out of London-Heathrow to Atlanta, Minneapolis - Saint Paul, Detroit and New York-JFK. New non-stop routes have also been launched between US cities and Europe, such as Portland / Amsterdam, Pittsburgh / Paris-CDG or Salt Lake City / Paris-CDG.

Key figures concerning the JV encompassing Alitalia

  • Close to 250 daily transatlantic flights
  • Some 500 destinations in Europe and North America
  • Annual income of over 10 billion dollars
  • Over 104,000 Air France-KLM staff
  • Over 70,000 Delta staff
  • Over 14,000 Alitalia staff

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