SkyTeam Posts

Delta launches newly-redesigned website

"Our newest hub is not an airport." Delta Air Lines' motto, "Keep Climbing," has soared to new heights after the Atlanta-based carrier went live with its new website yesterday.
It's been roughly two years since Delta has re-vamped its main webpage, and the carrier has completed a massive ...

Delta Welcomes Xiamen Airways to the SkyTeam Early

Have you been on a Delta Airplane since Nov 1? If so and you're anything like me you've probably opened up Sky Magazine and flipped through it. On my last flight I was flipping through the magazine and I realized that Delta has a "welcome" message to Xiamen Airlines to the SkyTeam! Which ...
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Delta and the "de-Portland" hub story: airport allure

Five MD-11's are pictured in this photo taken at PDX in January, 1999
A few decades ago, Delta Air Lines operated a transpacific hub out of Portland International airport (PDX) in Portland, Oregon. I remember collecting Delta Sky magazines and published timetables from the late ...
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Flying Delta To São Paulo in Economy: Trip (Ro)Ports

It only took me nearly nine months, but I have finally published my trip report to São Paulo Guarulhos/Cumbica International airport (GRU) in Brasil after journeying down there in January.
To access the trip report, published on airliners.net, click here.
Some teaser ...

SkyTeam Grows again – Aerolineas Argentinas Joins Alliance

8/29/2012 Marks the day when the SkyTeam welcomes their first South American carrier and grows to 18 members strong! Today Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) joins Aeromexico as the SkyTeam’s second Latin America carrier. The carrier brings 40 new destinations to the SkyTeam global map and makes ...

Hong Kong - Many Firsts


I have wanted to go to Hong Kong for a very long time.  There are so many reasons why it is amazing, but for those of you that are less familiar, here are some key things that make it stand out:
- Under lease from Britain until 1997, they speak English and Cantonese.
- Two Systems/One ...

Crediting to Another Airline - Intro to Alliances


Choosing an airline frequent flyer program in which to focus is as much about the airline you fly as it is the Alliance they are in. If you have saved your miles and signed up for a credit card bonus because you have always wanted to go to Osaka but you fly with American Airlines, you will be ...

MEA becomes the 17th member of the SkyTeam

From Beirut, Lebanon and across the world at SkyTeam Hubs worldwide from Atlanta to Beijing the SkyTeam is welcoming Middle Eastern Airline (MEA) as the second Middle Eastern carrier into the Alliance. MEA is the second airline to join the Skyteam in this region in 2012 after Saudia joined the ...
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SkyTeam Grows and Synergizes

The Skyteam has been rapidly growing over the last couple of years trying to gain on the larger Star Alliance.  Recently Saudia joined the SkyTeam and a number of airlines have been annouced as future members. With all the growth, the SkyTeam recognizes they need to improve their "alliance ...

Consider a special meal on Delta

I usually find my self displeased with the quality of meals on domestic first class flights - on Delta or other US-based carriers.  Scorched pastas, chicken drenched in sauce and substances marketed as beef are regrettably the norm these days.
A few days ago, I was changing my seat for a flight ...
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Saudia Airlines joins SkyTeam

Saudia's new logo
Today's post evaluates Saudi Arabian Airlines' official entrance into the SkyTeam global alliance, which occurred on May 29, 2012. The airline, which has since been re-branded and renamed to "Saudia" or "Saudi Airlines" is the official flag carrier for the Kingdom of ...

An Airport Named After the TSA? In Taiwan?

When I was planning my flights for my Asian trip earlier this month, I typed in “TPE” and “TYO” in the fields for cities on ExpertFlyer when I wanted to travel from Taipei to Tokyo.  I was pleased when a number of HND options came up (Haneda is Tokyo’s “close to the city” airport) – ...
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Saudia Joins Sky Team

The SkyTeam has grown again, today welcoming Saudia Airlines, formally known as Saudi Arabian Airlines, as the 16th member to the SkyTeam family. The Flag carrying airline of Saudi Arabia is the first Middle East Airline to join the SkyTeam and is only the second middle eastern carrier, after Royal ...

Virgin Australia will "NOT" join Star Alliance

There has been a lot of buzz about Virgin Australia joining one of the big three air alliances. First Virgin announced a joint venture with Delta and there was Buzz about VA joining Sky Team soon after. Then in 2011 Air New Zealand invested $143 million into VA buying a 14.9% ...

Alitalia Newest E-190 in Skyteam Colors

This morning Skyteam Member Airline, Alatalia, released photos of their newest jet to join the Skyteam Livery family. This time, the E-190 was freshly painted in the skyteam colors. The SkyTeam livery design was inspired by the alliance’s logo, which aims to express the ideals of both ...

Midweek debrief: Around-the-World

Happy Wednesday afternoon from a beautiful Chicago! Sunny and 79 degrees in March, practically an unheard of phenomenon in the Midwest. The views are so gorgeous, I'll share a shot I captured today outside the office window:

I've had a few days of blogging hiatus since I took a few days ...

New Aircraft Livery

This week we saw two new aircraft liveries released. Like any jet enthusiast I was very excited to see both of these photos and I cannot wait until my own eyes spot em!


The very first Russian built Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ) to be ...

Korean Are Prestige Lounge Seoul

I was fortunate enough this morning to fly into Inchon Seoul International Airport this morning at 4am and be the VERY first person and ONLY person for about 30 minutes in the Prestige Lounge. The Lounge has undergone a very large expansion in the last year and has added 160 seats, a ...