Air Europa, Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways Join SkyTeam’s Associated Partner Program

Today, SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, welcomed Air Europa, Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways as the first official SkyTeam Associate Airlines. As of September 1, passengers traveling with Air Europa, Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways receive the same benefits offered to passengers traveling with the 10 current SkyTeam member airlines, including frequent flyer programs and improved access to airport lounges. The SkyTeam Associate Program was launched to serve carriers in strategic regions who are interested in becoming affiliated with SkyTeam and its alliance benefits.

Earlier this year, Air Europa, Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways each signed an agreement outlining their commitment to meet a set of predetermined safety, security and quality standards to be recognized as an Associate Airline.  As part of the Associate Program, the carriers also adopted a current member’s loyalty program.  Air Europa and Kenya Airways recognized Air France-KLM’s “Flying Blue” program, while Copa Airlines accepted Continental’s “One Pass” program.  Upon completion of all membership requirements, each Associate Airline candidate received a formal approval from the SkyTeam Governing Board to become an official Associate Airline.

Moving forward, SkyTeam will continue to evaluate opportunities to expand the alliance’s global network and enhance SkyTeam’s benefits to more than 378 million alliance passengers around the world. SkyTeam is preparing for the addition of China Southern, the largest airline in the People’s Republic of China, as a Member Airline later this year.

SkyTeam expanded its network this time with 47 additional destinations and nearly 500 additional daily flights.

Air Europa

With a fleet of 37 aircraft, Air Europa serves over 9 million passengers annually and flies to 44 destinations in 15 countries, including destinations throughout Spain and Western Europe as well as cities in North Africa and Latin America. Air Europa is Spanish registered.

Copa Airlines

With a fleet of 35 aircraft, Copa Airlines currently offers approximately 126 daily scheduled flights to 40 destinations in 21 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. In addition, Copa Airlines provides passengers with access to flights to more than 120 other international destinations through codeshare agreements with Continental Airlines and other airlines. Copa Airlines is registered in Panama.

Kenya Airways

With a fleet of 23 aircraft, Kenya Airways serves more than 2.6 million passengers annually and flies to 43 destinations in 36 countries, including cities across Africa, as well as Amsterdam, Paris and London and select destinations in Asia, including Dubai, Mumbai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Bangkok. Kenya Airways is registered in Kenya.

By Szafi 

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