This is an excerpt from a media conference which appeared in the local Malaysian press yesterday with Malaysia Airlines CEO Idris Jala. From the sounds of it, AF stopped short of just saying "No" to MAS' entry into Skyteam...
"Jala, you had meetings in Amsterdam and France three weeks ago. What transpired there?
Jala: I met KLM and spoke about us being able to extend code-share arrangements with them. It was positive and we both expressed willingness to look at ways on how to expand our arrangements.
With regards to my meeting with the CEO of Air France, we were trying to find ways to be admitted into SkyTeam. It's a long process. If we wanted to join five years ago, it would be a walk in the park.
Now, with all the member airlines ensconced in the “club”, joining is not an easy thing to do. But we are looking at opportunities and where it makes sense for us to go. We must work harder on our hub-and-spoke model, for greater code sharing and connectivity with airlines."