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What 2014 Means for the SkyTeam Alliance

January 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM | by | ()

The opening of a new year brings new opportunity to the world's three largest airline alliances. Some movement, along with a few new entrants in the major alliances will not only strengthen networks, but open up new destinations for using those hard-earned miles. Finally, we'll have a look at what's happening with SkyTeam for 2014.

After a few years of some massive expansion in Asia, the Middle East and South America, the SkyTeam has cooled down a little to take time to ensure that all of its members can get along happily. Last year, we thought perhaps Garuda Indonesia would be a full-fledged member of "Sky" by now. Alas, the Southeast Asian airline needed a bit more time and will finally enter the alliance this year, in 2014.

Uzbekistan Airlines is also exploring the potential of partnering up with Delta and friends. The airline has been weighing the option since Korean Air invited them to join back in 2007. If the Uzbek carrier does move forward with membership, this year might be a push to finalize the details, but the result will be greater access to central Asia for SkyTeam loyalists.

According to the alliance, Brazil is the next region in which to expand their footprint. It's alleged that Gol Airlines is contemplating shacking up with the 20-strong group of airlines. If this courtship is successful, we won't see it finalize in time for the Olympics or World Cup, but at least it's a step in the right direction.

[Photo: Leo Reynolds/Flickr]

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