CONTINENTAL EMPLOYEE BULLETIN NO. 9
JOINS SKYTEAM ALLIANCE
announced Monday that it has joined SkyTeam, the world's fastest-growing alliance, offering CO
greater destination coverage, increased revenue and long-term cost-savings. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL) and Northwest Airlines (NW) also joined SkyTeam on Monday.
Beginning Sept. 15, customers will be able to accrue and redeem frequent flyer miles on any of the nine member airlines. With the addition of the three new members, SkyTeam serves 341 million passengers with 14,320 daily departures to 658 global destinations in more than 130 countries.
Other SkyTeam members include Aeromexico (AM), Air France (AF), Alitalia (AZ), CSA Czech Airlines (OK), Delta Air Lines (DL) and Korean Air (KE).
SkyTeam and the member airlines announced the new members at an event in New York City on Monday, where Gordon and Larry represented CO
"Around the world, today's air travelers demand reliability, flexibility and high-quality service," Gordon said. "We know from our previous dealings with them that the SkyTeam members are world-beaters by all these measures, and we're proud to be part of a global alliance that shares our focus on the customer."
The SkyTeam Governing Board said the alliance's growth during the past four years is a testament to its commitment to meet the needs of customers.
"The entry of Continental, KLM and Northwest into the alliance marks the single largest airline integration in aviation history and is an important milestone for global airline customers," the board said.
Benefits for CO
· More travel options in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and Latin America
· Frequent flyer mileage accrual and redemption
· Airport lounge reciprocity in 390 clubs worldwide
· Seamless travel experience including a single check-in for all legs of a trip
· Elite status recognition for Elite members
's front-line employees are receiving SkyTeam lapel pins to wear with their uniforms, and SkyTeam-branded signage for the airports will arrive soon. CO
also will make changes to its onboard product, including SkyTeam references in the inflight magazine and video. EliteAccess, general boarding and inflight announcements that reference SkyTeam will be put into effect.