SkyTeam, branded as SKYTEAM, is an airline alliance with its centralised management team, SkyTeam Central, based in the World Trade Center Schiphol Airport on the grounds of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands. SkyTeam was founded in 2000 by Aeroméxico, Air France, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air – the last of the three airline alliances to be formed – but has grown to become second largest airline alliance in the world (in passenger number terms and members), behind Star Alliance and ahead of Oneworld. The alliance currently consists of thirteen carriers from four continents, with the slogan "Caring more about you". SkyTeam also operates a cargo alliance called SkyTeam Cargo. As of October 2010, the alliance and its members have a total workforce of 316,445. In 2004, the alliance had the biggest expansion when Continental Airlines, KLM and Northwest Airlines joined simultaneously as full members. In 2010, the alliance celebrated its 10th anniversary with the introduction of a SkyTeam livery, the joining of and upgrading of status 4 airlines, followed by the announcements of Aerolíneas Argentinas, China Eastern Airlines, China Airlines and Garuda Indonesia to become full members. As of October 2010, SkyTeam and its future members flies to 898 in 169 countries. It operates over 12,500 flights with a combined fleet of 3,400 aircraft (including associate carriers). Furthermore, the alliance has 420 lounges worldwide to serve its 385 million annual passengers. Besides its passenger-carrying business, SkyTeam also runs a separate cargo alliance – SkyTeam Cargo – which partners eight carriers who are all SkyTeam members. Contents [hide] * 1 Membership history * 1.1 Formations and early years * 1.2 Biggest expansion * 1.3 2005–2006 * 1.4 2007 expansion * 1.5 2008–2009: Departure of airlines and new initiatives * 1.6 10th anniversary * 2 Member airlines * 2.1 Full members and their member & non-member affiliates * 2.2 Former members * 2.3 Future members * 2.3.1 Possible future members * 3 SkyTeam Cargo * 4 Benefits and services * 4.1 Members' hubs * 4.2 Co-locations * 4.2.1 Asia * 4.2.2 Europe * 4.2.3 North America * 4.3 Premium status * 4.3.1 SkyTeam Elite * 4.3.2 SkyTeam Elite Plus * 5 SkyTeam special livery * 6 Footnotes * 7 External links| -------------------------------------------------
Formations and early years
A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200(N717TW) in the SkyTeam livery On 22 June 2000, representatives of the four founding carriers–Aeroméxico, Air France, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air–held a meeting in New York to announce the founding of the third airline alliance, named SkyTeam™. Upon the formation, SkyTeam, would offer its customers a total of 6402 daily flights to 451 destinations, in 98 countries. In September 2000, the alliance established a cargo alliance, SkyTeam Cargo™, as it focuses more on cargo operations. The group's inaugural members are Aeromexpress, Air France Cargo, Delta Air Logistics and Korean Air Cargo. The following month, the newly-established airline alliance announced its intentions to grant CSA Czech Airlines membership. The year 2001 saw the joining of CSA Czech Airlines on 25 March and Alitalia on 27 July. On 30 September, the alliance received KLM's application for membership, following the airline's plans to create a leading airline group with Air France. In 2003, Delta's subsidiary Delta Express was replaced by Song. That same year, SkyTeam also launched an improved website, focused on providing passengers with more information, increased interactivity, and other resources. Biggest expansion
A Czech Airlines ATR 42 (OK-JFL). The airline was the first recruit following the alliance's formation On 24 May 2004, Aeroflot, the flag carrier and principal airline of Russia,...