China Airlines joins SkyTeam

September 14: Taiwan’s flag carrier, China Airlines, is to join the airline alliance SkyTeam with full membership expected by the middle of next year.
At an official ceremony in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, China Airlines’ President Huang-Hsiang Sun joined Chief Executive Officers and representatives of SkyTeam member airlines in signing an ‘Adherence Agreement’, formally starting the process of joining the alliance.
“The inclusion of China Airlines in our network will solidify SkyTeam’s unrivalled presence in the Greater China market, a region that continues to experience significant economic growth,” said Leo van Wijk, Chairman of the SkyTeam Governing Board. “In addition to the services provided by our existing members, China Airlines offers an extensive cross-strait operation, linking Taiwan to multiple major destinations in China. Also, Taipei will serve as an alternative Asian hub with services to and from key business destinations in the region.”
China Airlines’ network will complement those of existing SkyTeam members Guangzhou-based China Southern and Shanghai-based China Eastern and will bring four new destinations to the network; Okinawa, Miyazaki, Surabaya and Palau. Its mixed Boeing and Airbus fleet consists of 66 aircraft, including 46 passenger jets and 20 freighters