Air Europa, Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways join SkyTeam Associate Program

Search Latest Travel News Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Global airline alliance, SkyTeam, has welcomed Air Europa, Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways as the first official SkyTeam Associate Airlines. Passengers traveling with Air Europa, Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways now receive the same benefits offered to passengers traveling with the 10 current SkyTeam member airlines, including frequent flyer programs and improved access to airport lounges.

SkyTeam is excited to welcome Air Europa, Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways to our Associate Program and pleased to offer our passengers access to 47 additional destinations and nearly 500 additional daily flights, said Leo van Wijk, chairman of the SkyTeam Governing Board

Earlier this year, Air Europa, Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways each signed an agreement outlining their commitment to meet a set of predetermined safety, security and quality standards to be recognized as an Associate Airline. As part of the Associate Program, the carriers also adopted a current members loyalty program. Air Europa and Kenya Airways recognized Air France-KLMs Flying Blue program, while Copa Airlines accepted Continentals One Pass program. Upon completion of all membership requirements, each Associate Airline candidate received a formal approval from the SkyTeam Governing Board to become an official Associate Airline.

The integration of the Associate Airlines will benefit all parties involved, said Dominique Patry, SkyTeam Steering Committee chairman and senior vice president of International Affairs and Alliances, Air France. Air Europa, Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways will gain resources from SkyTeam member airline expertise, while current SkyTeam carriers can leverage individual member airline partnerships across the alliance, which will provide for additional cooperation and growth opportunities.

SkyTeam Associate Airlines operate under the direction of a Sponsor Member, who represents the interests of the Associate Airline in all decision-making situations and serves as the liaison between the Associate Airline and other alliance members.

Moving forward, SkyTeam will continue to evaluate opportunities to expand the alliances global network and enhance SkyTeams benefits to more than 378 million alliance passengers around the world. SkyTeam is preparing for the addition of China Southern Airlines, one of the largest airlines in the Peoples Republic of China, as a Member Airline later this year.

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