In order to provide global passenger and cargo transport services, airlines have set up alliances, enabling them to develop their services and to increase their growth prospects on all markets.
In 2000, Air France, Aeromexico, Delta and Korean set up the SkyTeam alliance, which in 2014 has 20 members:
Air France, KLM, Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern Airlines, CSA, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, Korean, MEA, Saudia, Tarom, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.
SkyTeam is the second largest global airline alliance. In 2011, the three main global alliances represent 65% of world air traffic.
Belonging to an alliance enables Air France to strengthen its offer of frequencies, pool capacity and complete its offer with flights operated by its partners on their domestic networks.
When they travel on one of the 20 SkyTeam member airlines, customers benefit from the same facilities whichever airline they travel on.
They can earn miles on all airlines and benefit from 560 lounges worldwide.
SkyTeam member airlines have also implemented single products such as round the world trips and “passes” for certain regions such as Europe, China and Mexico.
By choosing these products, customers benefit from flexible travel options, a simplified fare scale and earn miles on each of the airlines they travel with.
The alliance has also developed specific corporate products for major companies and the organisers and participants of international conventions.
With the arrival of Xiamen Airlines in 2012, SkyTeam now has four Chinese member airlines and confirms its place as leading airline alliance in Greater China. With 142 destinations served in Greater China, the alliance is expanding its offering on this buoyant market.
In total, SkyTeam's 19 member airlines serve 1,000 destinations in 178 countries.