Aerolíneas Argentinas (AR) has become the first South American carrier to join the SkyTeam Global Alliance, following an ongoing rationalisation and rejuvenation by the Argentinean government after regaining control of the airline in 2008.
The partnership between AR and SkyTeam has provided the airline with market recognition and commitment, according to Aerolíneas Argentinas president Mariano Recalde.
Aerolíneas passengers will benefit from unprecedented global connectivity through distribution centres and Alliance networks in Europe, America and Asia, as well as the diversity of products offered by SkyTeam, Mr Recalde said.
A special ceremony was held at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Buenos Aires to commemorate the coalition, with SkyTeam chief executive Michael Wisbrum in attendance.
With the demand for travel to South America and Argentina rapidly expanding, Aerolíneas adds real value to our partnership to open broad opportunities for business and pleasure trips for our customers, Mr Wisbrum said.
The Argentinian flag carrier has acquired new flight simulators for training purposes, opened new routes, upgraded lounge facilities and made technological system upgrades as part of the governments enduring overhaul.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T