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Alitalia joins Trans-Atlantic Joint Venture

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Alitalia has joined the Air France-KLM Group and Delta Air Lines as a member of the airline industrys leading trans-Atlantic joint venture.

Launched in April 2009, the multi-party agreement created a single, coordinated network for customers flying across the Atlantic, allowing the member airlines to share revenues and costs on their trans-Atlantic routes.

The four-way joint venture offers almost 250 flights and approximately 55,000 seats each day, and now includes 20 daily trans-Atlantic flights to 5 U.S. destinations from Rome and Milan Malpensa airports. With Alitalias addition, the joint venture represents approximately 26% of total trans-Atlantic capacity, with annual revenues estimated at more than US$10 billion.

Rome joins Amsterdam, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York-JFK and Paris-CDG as the core hubs of the joint venture, with additional trans-Atlantic service from Cincinnati, Milan Malpensa, Memphis and Salt Lake City.

Wherever traffic rights permit, the airlines offer customers codeshare service between the United States and the European Union, and in many cases beyond, creating one network for seamless airline-to-airline connections between points in North America and the European Union.

The joint ventures geographic scope includes all flights between North America and Europe, between Amsterdam and India and between North America and Tahiti.

The trans-Atlantic joint venture has been strengthened by the arrival of Alitalia, which adds the Italian market, the third biggest in Europe, to the JV and also gives it access to the Rome-Fiumicino hub, said Air France-KLM CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon. The Italian airline, a SkyTeam member, is a strategic partner of Air France-KLM with which it already has joint venture agreements on its Italy-France and Italy-Netherlands routes. It is therefore natural that this successful partnership should continue with Alitalia's participation in the trans-Atlantic JV.

Governance of the joint venture will be equally shared between Alitalia, the Air France-KLM Group and Delta. Alitalia representatives will immediately join the joint ventures 11 working groups responsible for implementing and managing the agreement in the areas of network, revenue management, sales, product, frequent flyer, advertising/brand, cargo, operations, information technology, communications and finance. Alitalia also will be included in all joint venture initiatives, including joint sales contracts, which launched in January 2009.

Alitalias addition to the joint venture is part of a long-term agreement effective until at least 31 March 2022. 

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