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Launch date 22 June 2000
Full members 9[1]
Pending members 4
Destination airports 905
Destination countries 169
Annual passengers (M) 462 (Total Frequent Flyer Members = 152)
Fleet size 2,971 (member airlines and their susidiaries), (+1,255 from related carriers)
Management Leo van Wijk (Chairman)
Alliance slogan Caring more about you
Headquarters Haarlemmermeer, the Netherlands

SkyTeam is the second largest airline alliance in the world (behind Star Alliance) partnering eleven carriers from four continents. The company slogan is "Caring more about you." SkyTeam also operates a cargo alliance called SkyTeam Cargo.

With the merger of Northwest Airlines with Delta Air Lines completed, SkyTeam consists of 9 full members [2] and 2 associate members because Continental Airlines and associate member Copa Airlines both departed SkyTeam on 24 October 2009; Continental Airlines joined Star Alliance on October 27. However, the joining of Vietnam Airlines in June 2010 will bring the total number of full member airlines in the alliance back up to 10 and the joining of Tarom in Summer 2010 will bring the total of associate members in the alliance back up to 3.

The alliance's centralised management team, called SkyTeam Central, formed in 2009, is based in the World Trade Center Schiphol Airport on the grounds of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands, near Amsterdam.[3][4]


Membership history

Member airlines


Full members and their member & non-member affiliates

Czech Airlines ATR-42 with SkyTeam paint design
Member airline Country Joined Member affiliates Non-member affiliates
Aeroflot Russian Airlines  Russia
H 2006
Russia Donavia
Russia Nordavia
Aeroméxico[A]  Mexico
A 2000
Mexico Aeroméxico Connect
Mexico Aeroméxico Travel
Air France[A][B]  France
France Brit Air
Republic of Ireland CityJet
France Régional
France Transavia France
Alitalia  Italy
F 2008
Italy Alitalia Express Italy Air One
Italy Air One CityLiner
Italy Volareweb
China Southern Airlines  China
I 2007
People's Republic of China Chongqing Airlines
People's Republic of China Xiamen Airlines
Czech Airlines  Czech Republic
E 2001
Delta Air Lines[A]  United States
C 2000
United States Delta Connection
United States Delta Shuttle
United States Delta AirElite
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines[B]  Netherlands
Netherlands KLM Cityhopper Netherlands
Netherlands Martinair
Korean Air[A]  South Korea
D 2000
South Korea Jin Air

A Founding member[7]
B Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are part of the airline holding company Air France-KLM[8]

Associate members

Associate member airline Country Joined Affiliates Sponsoring SkyTeam member
Air Europa  Spain
A 2007
France Air France
Kenya Airways  Kenya
B 2007
Netherlands KLM

Former member and member affiliates

Former member airline Country Joined Exited Member affiliates
Alitalia-Linee Aeree Italiane[C]  Italy
Italy Alitalia Express
Italy Volare Airlines
Continental Airlines[A]  United States
A 2004
A 2009
Continental Connection operated by:
United States Cape Air
United States Colgan Air
United States CommutAir
United States Gulfstream International Airlines
United States Continental Express operated by:
United States Chautauqua Airlines
United States ExpressJet Airlines
Guam Continental Micronesia
Northwest Airlines[B]  United States
B 2004
B 2009
United States Northwest Airlink

A Left the alliance to join Star Alliance with United Airlines
B Northwest Airlines' operating certificate was combined with Delta Air Lines'. Northwest Airlines ceased operating as a separate carrier and all of its flights now operate under the Delta Air Lines' name
C Alitalia re-launched operations in 2008

Former member affiliate Country Joined Exited Member affiliate of
Aerolitoral[C]  Mexico
Mexico Aeromexico
VLM Airlines[A]  Belgium
France Air France
Song Airlines[B]  United States
United States Delta Air Lines
Delta Express[A]  United States
United States Delta Air Lines

A A founding affiliate member. Merged with CityJet.
B Song's operations became part of Delta's fleet.
C A founding affiliate member and relaunched as Aeromexico Connect.

Former associate members

Former associate member Country Joined Exited Member affiliates Previously Sponsored Airlines
Copa Airlines  Panama
Colombia AeroRepública United States Continental Airlines

Future full members

Vietnam Airlines will become a full member in June 2010
Future member airline Country Joining Member affiliates Non-member affiliates
Vietnam Airlines  Vietnam
June 2010[9]
-- Cambodia Cambodia Angkor Air
Vietnam Vietnam Air Service Company (VASCO)

Future associate members

Airline Country Joining Associate member affiliates Sponsoring SkyTeam member
TAROM  Romania
June 2010[9]
- France Air France
MEA  Lebanon
- France Air France
Uzbekistan Airways  Uzbekistan
TBD [11]
- South Korea Korean Air

Possible future full members

Note that there is much speculation about non-aligned airlines joining one of the global alliances. The list below includes airlines that have expressed their desire or are in ongoing negotiations to join SkyTeam.
Airline Country Member affiliates Non-member affiliates
Air Algérie  Algeria Algeria Air Algérie Express
Air Tahiti Nui  French Polynesia
China Airlines  Republic of China
Republic of China Mandarin Airlines
Garuda Indonesia[12]  Indonesia Indonesia Citilink
Malaysia Airlines  Malaysia Malaysia MASwings MalaysiaFirefly
Virgin Blue[13]  Australia Australia V Australia
New Zealand Pacific Blue

Possible future associate members

Airline Country Associate member affiliates Sponsor SkyTeam member
Armavia  Armenia - France Air France
Bangkok Airways  Thailand - South Korea Korean Air
Cambodia Angkor Air  Cambodia - Vietnam Vietnam Airlines
Jat Airways  Serbia - France Air France

SkyTeam member hubs

Major SkyTeam Hubs:
Member Airline Hub Airports
Aeroflot Russian Airlines Russia Sheremetyevo International Airport (Moscow)
Aeroméxico Mexico Mexico City International Airport
Air Europa (associate member) Spain Madrid Barajas Airport
Air France France Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport
France Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport
Alitalia Italy Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (Rome)
China Southern Airlines People's Republic of China Beijing Capital International Airport
People's Republic of China Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Czech Airlines Czech Republic Prague - Ruzyně Airport
Delta Air Lines Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
United States Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
United States Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
United States Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
United States John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York)
United States LaGuardia Airport (New York, future domestic hub)
United States Memphis International Airport
United States Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
Japan Narita International Airport (Tokyo)
United States Salt Lake City International Airport
Kenya Airways (associate member) Kenya Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Nairobi)
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Korean Air South Korea Gimpo International Airport (Seoul)
South Korea Incheon International Airport (Seoul)
Middle East Airlines (future associate member) Lebanon Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport
TAROM Romanian Air Transport (future associate member) Romania Henri Coandă International Airport (Bucharest)
Uzbekistan Airways (future associate member) Uzbekistan Tashkent International Airport
Vietnam Airlines (future member) Vietnam Long Thanh International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City, future airport)
Vietnam Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi)
Vietnam Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)



North America (except USA)



Premium status

SkyTeam has two premium levels, Elite and Elite Plus, based on a customer's tier status in a member carrier's frequent flyer program. Each of the member and associate airlines recognises the elite statuses, with a few exceptions. The statuses have no specific requirements of their own; membership is based solely on the frequent flyer programs of individual member airlines.

SkyTeam Elite

SkyTeam Elite status is awarded to customers who have reached the premium level of a member carrier's frequent flyer program.

Benefits of SkyTeam Elite membership:

  • Priority reservations waitlisting
  • Priority airport standby
  • Priority boarding
  • Priority check-in
  • Preferred seating

Membership tiers granting SkyTeam Elite:

SkyTeam Elite Plus

SkyTeam Elite Plus status is awarded to customers who have reached the higher premium level of a member carrier's frequent flyer program.

Benefits of SkyTeam Elite Plus membership:

  • Priority reservations waitlisting
  • Priority airport standby
  • Priority boarding
  • Priority airport check-in
  • Preferred seating
  • Priority baggage handling
  • Additional checked luggage allowance
  • Airport lounge access
  • Guaranteed reservations on sold-out flights
  • Express airport security (in some hub airports)

Membership tiers granting SkyTeam Elite Plus:

SkyTeam Special Livery

OK-JFL, an ATR 42 of Czech Airlines in special livery. (2009)

SkyTeam launched recently a special livery celebrating its ten year anniversary.


Country Airline Aircraft Registration Completed
Russia Aeroflot Airbus A330-343X VQ-BCQ October 2009
Mexico AeroMéxico Boeing 767-200ER XA-JBC May 2009
France Air France Boeing 777-300ER F-GZNE June 2009
Italy Alitalia Boeing 767-300ER EI-DBP May 2009
People's Republic of China China Southern Airlines Boeing 777-200ER B-2056 June 2009
Czech Republic Czech Airlines ATR 42-500 OK-JFL May 2009
United States Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200
Boeing 767-400ER
September 2009
April 2009
Netherlands KLM Boeing 777-300ER PH-BVD August 2009
South Korea Korean Air Boeing 777-200ER HL7733 October 2009
Vietnam Vietnam Airlines Boeing 777-200ER[citation needed] Pending Future


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