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European Single Sky Program Ratified

In a landmark occasion for European air transport, the contract for the definition phase for the Single European Sky Implementation Program was ratified on November 17 by 29 partners in the Air Traffic Alliance, the vice president of the European Commission and the director...

Local SkyTeam Members Awarded

Local SkyTeam members were awarded for their comprehensive powerpoint presentation created for their annual agency workshop held in 2003. Head office said the presentation was so professional that it was adopted as the basis for the 2004 and 2005 SkyTeam market presentations held...

SkyTeam Presents Fourth Mexican Festival

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, last month welcomed top tourism professionals to its annual Mexican Food Festival organized with the cooperation of the Athenaeum Intercon-tinental and the local Mexican embassy. This marks the fourth year in succession for the festival.

SkyTeam Introduces Global Corporate Travel Program

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, recently announced the introduction of a new corporate travel program for global companies. The new program offers competitively priced, customized travel solutions across most of the alliance's 684 destinations in 133 countries via a single...

SkyTeam Holds Special Event for Corporate Secretaries

Nearly 400 corporate secretaries from some of the capital's major businesses attended the recent SkyTeam evening reception and fashion show held at one of the Attica area's most deluxe hotels. During the gala affair, alliance members held a draw for a total of 20 airline tickets...

Skyteam Introduces New Alliance Members

Skyteam is to introduce a new class of membership in order to cater for carriers whose international ambitions are more restricted. At a press conference in Amsterdam called to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the alliance, Air Europa of Spain; Copa Airlines of Panama; Kenya...

Lufthansa Buys Out Swiss

The supervisory board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the board of directors of Swiss International Air Lines AG late last month approved the business model jointly developed by both companies for the takeover and integration of Swiss into the Lufthansa Group.

Global Tourism Megatrends

Global megatrends that are about to revolution-ize the tourism industry at the dawn of the third millennium were released recently by the director of Tourism Control Intelligence (France and USA), Michael Nowlis. Of the many tendencies foreseen are that the cruise industry will...

SkyTeam Alliance Welcomes New Members

Airline alliance SkyTeam solidified its position last month as one of the world's fastest growing airline alliances with the acceptance of Continental Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Northwest Airlines as full members. The alliance's governing board also announced that...

SkyTeam Hosts Corporate Accounts in Athens and Travel Agents in Thessaloniki

SkyTeam airline representatives here in Greece arranged two workshops last month - one for major corporate accounts within the Athens area and one for up-market travel agents in Thessaloniki. During both events, representatives of the member airlines explained the many advantages...

Travel Association Wins Commision Case

The Greek Union of Air Travel Agencies (PETAGA) succeeded in winning a court case recently whereby travel agents are entitled to a minimum 7 percent commission on airline tickets sold.

Air France-KLM Merger Approved

Competition commissons in both the European Union and America last month approved the proposed merger between Air France and Holland's KLM airlines. With this approval of the carrier's de facto takeover by Air France, KLM's life as an independent airline comes to an end.

SkyTeam Workshop Entices Top Travel Agencies

More than a hundred of Greece's top travel agents arrived last month at the rooftop restaurant and bar area of the Hilton Athens to take part in a workshop organized by SkyTeam airline representatives here in Greece -- Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta...

HATTA Wins Ruling on Commission Fees

Greece's Competition Commission fined Greece's two biggest airlines, Olympic and Aegean, a total of 210,000 euros for complicity in reducing the commission paid to travel agents, from 9.25 percent to 6.94 percent, on tickets for domestic flights.

Air France-KLM Deal Just the Beginning

Air France's planned takeover of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which would create Europe's largest airline, may just be the beginning of a trend as airline carriers look to ways to cooperate and cut costs after two years of extensive losses.

Korean Air To Purchase 17 New Aircraft

Korean Air has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus and Boeing respectively to purchase a total of 17 aircraft. The deal includes eight A380s from Airbus, and seven B777s, and two B747-400ERFs from Boeing.

Concorde Jets Pushed Into Retirement

Concorde, the needle-nosed aircraft for the super-rich and super-rushed, is retiring after a quarter-century of service, its British and French operators announced last month. "Never has such a beautiful object been designed and built by man," Air France president Jean-Cyril...

SkyTeam Alliance Expands through Associate Membership

Executives from the airline alliance SkyTeam, met in London recently where they announced plans to introduce an associate airline program that will expand customer benefits to additional regions of the world. The plan calls for opening associate SkyTeam membership to carriers...

Around The World With SkyTeam

Some 18 sales representatives from local SkyTeam offices - Air France, Aeromexico, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta and Korean Air - called on 75 travel agencies in Athens and Thessaloniki during a recent short 3-week period. They presented the four new "Around the World Tour"...

Axon Airlines Grounded

Axon Airlines, which was bidding to buy national carrier Olympic Airways, announced the suspension of operations on November 30, citing an industry downturn and rising losses in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States.