With the recent trend towards consolidation, airline alliances have become a useful way to connect route networks. Doug Wint analyzes the pros and cons.
Saudi Arabian Airlineson Monday signed an agreement to join SkyTeam in 2012. The airline will be SkyTeam’s first member from the Middle East, adding 35 new destinations to the alliance network.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines CEO Peter Hartman says the airline will not give up its brand to merge with Air France and indicates Alitalia may soon join Air France-KLM.
Taiwanese flag carrier China Airlines has announced the start of its joining process leading to full entry into the SkyTeam airline alliance in a process that is expected to be completed by mid-2011.