Well, if KLM (and Continental) join as well, I think it would really be great.
KLM is an excellent airline - I was a bit impressed - they instilled the commercial aviation bug in me. KM has daily flights to BRU and about 11 flights a week to AMS, IIRC. SkyTeam for KL & KM would boost frequencies to those destinations to serve as feeder flights for AMS and more O&D for BRU, I think.
Continental, I have the impression that they're quite good too.
I'd love to fly Northwest, but over here, on this forum, I heard a lot of negative comments about NW. BTW, I have posters that NW sent me a couple of years ago together with a CD that was specifically to be used for printing images of NWA planes. NWA planes cover the larger part of the poster area in my room.
IIRC, KM codeshared with Czech Airlines on the MLA-PRaGue route.
Re. Malta & the EU, I am looking forward to it too: I expect Air Malta regular flights to Naples, Bari, Bergamo, Venice and the UK cities where KM has only charter flights, ...and God knows where else.
Previously, I thought Air Malta would join one
world in order to have a large market-share on the UK-Malta routes together with BA, -> reduced competition, higher fares and better yields.
Lufthansa has just set up a maintenance facility with Air Malta in Malta. Air Malta flies to the main German cities, but still, I simply did not see Air Malta in STAR.
Well.. Got to check the SkyTeam and KM websites. Was this news a leak or official? I bet it was the former..