SkyTeam Strengthens Customer Focus, Delivers Network Growth

DUBLIN, June 2, 2016

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, will deliver increased customer benefits and more codeshare opportunities for members throughout 2016. Speaking at the 72nd annual IATA AGM held in Dublin, Ireland, SkyTeam CEO and Managing Director, Perry Cantarutti, outlined some of the key highlights expected from across the alliance this year.

SkyPriority Customer Audit

Underscoring its commitment to the more than 665M annual passengers that fly on its 20 member airlines each year, the alliance has launched an industry-first customer feedback initiative – the SkyPriority Audit App. The App allows premium customers to rate their travel experience, in an effort to ensure the highest consistency in service delivery across the globe.

Following a successful nine-month pilot phase involving over 8,000 top frequent flyers, the SkyPriority Audit App has been launched worldwide. All eligible SkyTeam customers can provide feedback on SkyPriority services at every step of their journey at more than 1,000 airports. Free to download, the App is available in English, Spanish and Simplified Chinese, with a further 11 languages being rolled out through summer 2016.

“SkyTeam was the first alliance to deliver aligned, branded priority airport services network-wide. In order to ensure we are providing a consistently high level of service, our SkyPriority customers are now empowered to give us direct feedback when they are travelling,” said Perry Cantarutti, SkyTeam’s CEO and Managing Director. “We are committed to our promise of caring more about customers and by listening to what they have to say and using the data from the customer audit, we can identify areas for improvement to deliver a more seamless travel experience.”

Network growth and collaboration

Intra-airline code-sharing and collaboration between SkyTeam members grew by more than 7 percent year-over-year to March 2016.

“This continued growth in collaboration enables member airlines to extend their global reach and offer a greater number of destinations and frequencies to their customers, without launching services to new markets,” said Cantarutti. “As an alliance, SkyTeam adds value to airlines by facilitating commercial partnerships between our members, maximizing opportunities for growth.”

Overall, the alliance footprint grew in terms of Available Seat Kilometers (ASKs) by more than 5 percent through March 2016. In summer 2016, SkyTeam will offer over 17,350 daily departures to more than 1,062 cities across 177 countries.

More SkyTeam lounges underway

Announcing the development of a new SkyTeam lounge at Beijing Capital International Airport, Cantarutti said: “Just as we opened a new lounge in Dubai in April this year, we started work on our next SkyTeam lounge which will be in Beijing. SkyTeam lounges are one of the best ways we can add value for our members and customers alike by delivering a high-quality airport experience while reducing expenses for airlines.”

Construction started on the new Beijing lounge earlier this month and the official opening is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. The lounge will be the sixth SkyTeam-branded facility and the alliance’s second in Greater China, complementing the Hong Kong lounge that opened in October 2015.

SkyTeam opened its first lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2009 and also has lounges in Istanbul, Sydney and now Dubai.

About SkyTeam

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 636 lounges as they travel, earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles. SkyTeam Elite Plus customers are eligible for SkyPriority services. The 20 members are: Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, 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 1,057 destinations in 177 countries.

About Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. In 2016, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fifth time in six years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented five consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 337 destinations in 62 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground.