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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.

Smaller Airlines Preferred By Travelers

It looks like the average flyer believes that the smaller airlines are safer than the big named companies. September's passenger load factor figures were down for Greece's largest airline, state-owned Olympic Airways, as well as major international carriers out of Athens, but...

Alitalia Joins SkyTeam Alliance

One of the last big independent names in air travel, Alitalia, signed an agreement recently with the global alliance SkyTeam. Members include Air France, Delta Airlines, Korean Airlines, Aeromexico and CSA Czech Airlines. CSA's international hub in Prague strengthens Skyteam's...

European Airlines Create Online Travel Portal

Nine of Europe's leading airlines recently unveiled plans to move into the online travel market with the launch this year of a new online travel service, that sells flights and other travel products direct to the consumer.

Greece’s SkyTeam Leaders Inform Travel Trade

SkyTeam, the global airline alliance founded by Aeromexico, Air France, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air, as well as its newest member, CSA Czech Airlines, held a major bash at the Astir Place last month to inform the Greek travel trade on the many customer benefits available...

SkyTeam Adds Service To Airline Alliance

A new 4-airline alliance, SkyTeam, got off the ground recently. And besides the usual pieces forged together by partners in an alliance -common reservations, ticketing and check-in services, common frequent-flyer benefits and access to every destination flown by each airline-...

Korean Air, Delta, Air France And Aeromexico Create Sky Team Alliance

Yet another new alliance of strong international airlines greets the market this month. Local representatives from Korean Air, Delta, Air France and Aeromexico are ready to visit Greek travel agents and inform them on the new “Sky Team” alliance created by the four airlines.