AMSTERDAM, 23rd March 2015 – SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, has been announced ‘Airline Alliance of the Year’ in the 2015 Air Transport News awards. The award comes in SkyTeam’s 15th anniversary year, as the alliance continues its rollout of customer-focused initiatives across its global network.
The annual Air Transport News Awards recognise achievement across a broad cross section of the aviation industry. Finalists for each category are voted for by readers of Air Transport News, with winners decided by a seven-strong panel of industry experts.
Accepting the award at the Air Transport News awards dinner held in Geneva, Switzerland, Michael Wisbrun, SkyTeam’sChief Executive Officer said: "Being recognized by our customers and the industry in our 15th anniversary year is particularly significant. The customer focused initiatives and projects we are implementing have enhanced the passenger travel experience, taking seamlessness and efficiency to a new level globally.”
He continued: “Today we are a 20-member alliance, our global footprint covering 1,052 destinations worldwide. We remain more focused than ever on delivering value to our members and customers: the best is still to come from SkyTeam.”
Recent SkyTeam achievements include:
Completing the rollout of SkyPriority, an alliance-wide standard for priority airport services for Elite Plus, First and Business Class passengers at more than 1,000 destinations.
Opening a third SkyTeam Exclusive Lounge in Sydney, Australia in January this year, with lounges in Dubai, Beijing and Hong Kong due to open later in 2015
Implementation of the SkyTransfer initiative to create seamless and efficient transfers for connecting passengers and their bags
Rollout of dedicated fast-track security and immigration clearance for top-tier customers at an increasing number of airports worldwide
Enhancing the accrual and redemption experience for our frequent flyers. Already 50% of our members have migrated to an online process and their FFP members are now able to book any flight operated by a SkyTeam member airline via the web.
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SkyTeam is the global airline alliance with 20 member airlines working together to offer seamless travel on an extensive global network. From top hubs around the world, SkyTeam members provide reliable and comfortable journeys to over 1,050 destinations. SkyTeam customers can unwind in 629 lounges as they travel, earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles. SkyTeam Elite Plus customers are eligible for SkyPriority services. The 20 members are: Aeroflot, AerolíneasArgentinas, Aeroméxico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. SkyTeam welcomes 612 million customers each year on more than 16,320 daily flights to 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.www.skyteam.com / www.facebook.com/skyteam /www.youtube.com/user/skyteam