The South American carrier has become the 18th member of the alliance, and is the third airline to join Skyteam this year following the inauguration of Saudia and Middle East Airlines.
Aerolineas is the first South American airline to join Skyteam, and will add 40 new destinations to the alliance’s network. The carrier is based in Buenos Aires and serves European cities including Barcelona, Madrid and Rome.
In the last two years Skyteam has embarked on a major expansion, adding Vietnam Airlines and Romanian carrier Tarom in 2010, China Eastern and China Airlines in 2011, and Saudia (see online news May 29) and Middle East Airlines (see online news June 29) in 2012.
Xiamen Airlines is also set to join the alliance later this year (see online news November 11, 2011), and Garuda Indonesia is also slated to become a member in 2014 (see online news November 23, 2010).
Report by Mark Caswell