BUENOS AIRES, August 29, 2012 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today welcomes Aerolineas Argentinas as an official member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. The flag carrier of Argentina becomes SkyTeam's first South American member, building on a strategy to offer customers access to an extensive global network.
From its home base in Buenos Aires, Aerolineas Argentinas flies to 18 international destinations in Europe, the South Pacific and the Americas. Along with Austral Lineas Aereas, Aerolineas operates flights to 34 destinations in Argentina, flying to more cities in Argentina than any other airline. As part of SkyTeam, Aerolineas customers can reach the world through connections on Delta and the other 16 SkyTeam members, accessing SkyTeam’s over 993 destinations worldwide.
By welcoming Aerolineas Argentinas into SkyTeam, we are offering increased travel options to and from Argentina, particularly given its strong trade links with South American countries. This new partnership deepens our commitment to Latin America, gives SkyTeam a considerable footprint, and provides additional benefit to the customers we serve in the region,” said Michael Wisbrun, SkyTeam's Managing Director.
Prior to joining SkyTeam, Aerolineas Argentinas embarked on a turnaround program that included newer aircraft, revised branding and significant product enhancements. In May Delta and Aerolineas announced the introduction of reciprocal accrual and redemption benefits for Delta SkyMiles and Aerolineas Plus members. Delta customers have the ability to earn and redeem SkyMiles on the Aerolineas Argentina's flights as well as access to its brand new airport lounge in Buenos Aires.
"Joining SkyTeam is a great opportunity to expand Aerolineas Argentinas’ global network, and will also offer SkyTeam customers new destinations throughout Argentina and South America," said Mariano Recalde, president of Aerolineas Argentinas. “Becoming a SkyTeam member is integral to our strategy for growth as we look forward to a future of cooperation with our alliance partners, offering Aerolineas Argentinas’ customers access to hundreds of destinations around the world."
“We would like to reaffirm Delta’s vote of confidence in Aerolineas Argentinas, and we are excited and honored to welcome the airline in SkyTeam”, said Ed Bastian, Delta’s President. “A strong alliance with Aerolineas Argentinas is a great example of our commitment to continue to strengthen Delta and SkyTeam’s presence in Latin America, further enhancing our global reach.”
Aerolineas Argentinas' membership and integration into the global airline alliance is sponsored by Delta, founding member of SkyTeam.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta is working to become the best U.S. carrier in Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of that goal Delta has established a long-term exclusive alliance with GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes investing more than US $100 million in GOL. Likewise, Delta has invested more than US $65 million in Aeroméxico as part of a long-term exclusive commercial alliance and entered a code sharing agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas solidifying its footprint in Latin America. Executive Travel magazine recognized Delta with the Gold Leading Edge Award for the Best Flight Experience to Mexico. Delta provides service in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reaching out to 32 countries and 54 destinations in the region offering more than 1,000 weekly flights between Latin America and the U.S. Spanish speaking Delta customers can receive real-time, on-the-go travel assistance in Spanish and Portuguese through its Twitter channels @DeltaAssist_ES and @DeltaAjuda 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. During the past year, Delta was named domestic "Airline of the Year" by the readers of Travel Weekly magazine, was named the "Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline" by PCWorld magazine for its innovation in technology and won the Business Travel News Annual Airline Survey. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to more than 330 destinations in 61 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline's service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $3 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at delta.com.