SkyTeam, the global airline alliance welcomes ITA Airways – Italy’s new national carrier – into the alliance, replacing Alitalia. With ITA Airways on board, SkyTeam’s 700 million customers will continue to enjoy seamless connections to key destinations across Italy.
Walter Cho, SkyTeam Chairman says:
“For more than 20 years, the Italian market has been a cornerstone of SkyTeam’s European network. And no other airline alliance connects Italy better to the world. We welcome ITA Airways to ensure continuity of service for the millions of customers who choose SkyTeam.”
“SkyTeam and our members also look forward to working with ITA Airways to establish long-term partnership opportunities going forward.”
Alfredo Altavilla, Executive Chairman of the Italy’s flag carrier says:
“Joining SkyTeam is a natural step, enabling us to continue to deliver a global network and seamless experience that customers flying to and from Italy expect. Furthermore, we look forward to close cooperation with our SkyTeam partners to support the start-up of our company.”
As Alitalia ceased operations on October 14, it also left the SkyTeam global airline alliance on the same date. SkyTeam has agreed with Alitalia Loyalty to continue the partnership. It enables the six million members of the MilleMiglia frequent flyer program to earn and redeem miles on selected SkyTeam members’ flights, offering a wealth of opportunities and exclusive services.
ITA Airways is also working closely with SkyTeam and its members to roll out SkyTeam-branded benefits that customers enjoy across the alliance, including priority airport services