and Delta Air Lines announced last month that they will reinstate
their code share agreement with SkyTeam partner Korean Air on
flights between Korea, France and the US beginning April 1, 2002
for Air France and May 1, 2002 for Delta.
the announcement, Paul Matsen, Delta's Senior VP-International
& Alliances, said, "We are pleased that Korean Air has
met and fully complied with all applicable International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety and service standards. We
believe that Korean Air, like Air France and Delta, is committed
to operating as a world-class airline that puts the safety and
security of its passengers and employees first."
we resume code sharing with Korean Air, Air France will be able
to offer its customers new services between Paris and Seoul and
eventually additional code share flights beyond Seoul to the Far
East and the Pacific," said Patrick Bianquis, Air France's
then will be fully integrated into the SkyTeam network that centers
on powerful hubs: Atlanta the world's largest airport, Paris-CDG,
Europe's leading hub and Seoul-Incheon, which has the greatest
potential among Asian hubs.
The new Incheon
airport, used by Korean Air as its hub, is centrally located between
two key aviation routes, the North Pacific air route linking Southeast
Asia, as well as the North America and Siberian air routes, connecting
Northeast Asia and Europe. As the geographic center of the region,
the airport is almost equidistant-about two hours-from Beijing
and Tokyo. More than 40 major cities are within a four-hour flight
and more than 1 billion people reside within 620 miles of Incheon.
Air France announced early this year that the US Department of
Transport (DoT) granted antitrust immunity to the four SkyTeam
alliance partners present on the Europe/US market: Air France,
Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines and Delta.
a time when the air transport sector is going through a severe
crisis, this decision will boost the positions of all four airlines
by strengthening their marketing cooperation in SkyTeam through
the coordination of resources.
immunity, the four airlines will be able to harmonize their networks
and schedules on North Atlantic routes. The coordination of Delta's
US hubs with the Air France hub in Paris, CSA's hub in Prague
and Alitalia's hubs in Milan and Rome will enhance the alliance's
commercial offering with an optimized choice of frequencies and
the antitrust immunity granted by US Authorities will enable the
airlines concerned to coordinate their marketing policies in order
to enhance services offered to customers, thanks to standardized
products and procedures.
harmonization of resources will generate economies of scale, which
in turn will result in competitive fares for customers.
immunity granted by the DoT to Air France, Alitalia, CSA and Delta
will not affect the existing relations with other SkyTeam members.
alliance grouping Air France, Aeromexico, Alitalia, CSA, Delta
and Korean Air offers quality service with over 8,000 daily flights
to 500 destinations worldwide to the 221mn passengers it carries