Italy’s newest airline, ITA Airways, officially started commercial operations on the 15 of October and is expected to take over many of the different assets that were previously owned and operated by the former debt-stricken Alitalia following a successful agreement with the European Commission.
Since commencing flight operations, one of the main priorities for ITA was joining SkyTeam. On Friday the airline announced that it has successfully joined the alliance. In a company statement, SkyTeam Chairman, Walter Cho said “We warmly welcome ITA Airways’ decision to join our alliance and ensure continuity of service for the millions of customers who choose SkyTeam as their preferred alliance to Italy.”
The previous flag carrier of Italy, Alitalia, joined SkyTeam in 2001. The SkyTeam chairman acknowledge the carrier’s previous membership and the relationship that the alliance had in Italy, stating that “for more than 20 years, the Italian market has been a cornerstone of Skyteam’s European network and no other airline alliance connects Italy better to the world.”
Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman of ITA Airways, Alfredo Altavilla said that joining Skyteam “is a natural step.” The Chairman of ITA Airways went on to add that “it enables ITA to continue to deliver a global network and seamless experience that customers flying to and from Italy expect.”
SkyTeam has agreed to continue to honour the Alitalia Loyalty scheme partnership. This will enable the six million members of the MilleMiglia frequent flyer program to earn and redeem miles on selected Skyteam members’ flights, offering a wealth of opportunities and exclusive services.
ITA Airways also confirmed that it will work with its alliance partners and airlines to introduce various SkyTeam-related benefits to guests which will also include priority airport services.
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