China Airlines joins SkyTeam Alliance

Making regular trips to the Far East? You might want to reconsider your loyalty carrier. China Airlines has become the most recent airline to join the SkyTeam Alliance, which includes Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, TAROM and Vietnam Airlines.

Headquartered in Taipei, China Airlines is the largest airline of Taiwan. The China Airlines network will complement those of Guangzhou-based China Southern and Shanghai-based China Eastern, both current SkyTeam members.

“Delta is delighted and honoured to welcome China Airlines into the SkyTeam alliance,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s president. “The addition of this well respected airline complements Delta’s existing service to Taiwan and with China Airline’s strong hub in Taipei our customers will benefit from improved access to one of the world’s fastest-growing regions.”

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