The SkyTeam alliance, oft faulted for their lack of coverage south of the equator, is working to rectify that situation with the announcement this week that Aerolineas Argentinas is expected to sign an agreement to join the alliance later this month. The carrier will aim to be fully integrated into SkyTeam at some point in 2012.
The move will open up a number of new destinations for SkyTeam in South America. It will also open up a number of routes to connect the dots between other cities served by the alliance. With the uncertainty presented by the recently announced LAN/TAM merger and those carriers participating in OneWorld and Star Alliance, respectively, this move ties up one of the larger carriers in the continent as part of SkyTeam.
Personally, I’m hopeful that they can be integrated quickly and that I can use points from various SkyTeam programs for interesting frequent flyer redemptions, including Ushuaia and the antipodal routing of Buenos Aires – Auckland – Sydney. I don’t know why, but I really want that line on my map.
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