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Article from BTNews 1 NOVEMBER 2010

SkyTeam to South America

Aerolíneas Argentinas, the nationalised flag carrier of Argentina, has signed an agreement to officially start the process of joining SkyTeam as the first South American member of the airline alliance.  A target date for 2012 has been set.

Through a five-year restructuring plan introduced last year, Aerolíneas Argentinas is implementing a number of measures to strengthen its business model and establish itself as a major player in the region.  Key elements of this plan include fleet renewal and rationalization, adding key international destinations, increasing the density of the domestic and regional network and improving product quality and consistency.

Now in its tenth anniversary year the alliance has welcomed Vietnam Airlines and TAROM as new members.  In addition, SkyTeam announced that China Eastern and China Airlines would join the group in 2011, cementing the alliance’s No. 1 position in the Greater China region.  SkyTeam says it is actively working on further extending its global network by looking for additional members from regions such as Southeast Asia, India and Latin America. www.aerolineas.com www.skyteam.com

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