The SkyTeam alliance expects to add three new members this year, in addition to Saudia which joined the alliance a couple weeks ago. At the annual IATA conference in Beijing they announced dates for these new joins:
On June 28th, Middle East Airlines from Lebanon will be the next member to join SkyTeam. The alliance will welcome two additional members in 2012. Aerolíneas Argentinas is scheduled to join the alliance August 29thas the first South American member, strengthening SkyTeam network in the southern hemisphere. On November 15th, Xiamen Airlines, based in the flourishing Southeast China region, will further consolidate the alliance #1 position in Greater China.
Notably missing from this section of the announcement is a join date for previously announced prospective member Garuda International. Garuda will not be joining the alliance in 2012. They also won’t be joining in 2013. In what is being blamed on the carrier’s migration to a new IT platform and the associated migration efforts the join date for Garuda is now being pushed out to 2014.
Even with the Garuda date slipping SkyTeam is making big strides in growing its footprint globally this year. That’s good news for passengers in the various partner programs.
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