SkyTeam is considering adding Gol and Virgin Atlantic following Delta Air Lines’ acquisition of stakes in both carriers (Bloomberg, 03-Jun-2013). SkyTeam MD Michael Wisbrun said “Brazil is on the wish list,” but that Gol would need to expand its network in order to apply for membership. Mr Wisbrun added that a Virgin Atlantic bid for membership could be possible from 2015, once Delta’s acquisition of 49% of the carrier had been completed. Mr Wisbrun added SkyTeam members are “comfortable with the footprint we have today.”
SkyTeam considering addition of Gol and Virgin Atlantic
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While it was acknowledged that progress on major deals was not going to happen overnight, the hope was that as layers of sanctions came down, Iran would be embraced by the rest of the world. In return, Iran was expected to open itself up progressively to foreign trade and investment, and to travel.
The road ahead was perceived to be one that was both a very different, and far easier, one than the one Iran had already travelled. Aviation in particular was a sector that was expected to shine and lead the way for a new era for the country.
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The second largest of the three alliances overall, but the largest by domestic seats, SkyTeam has a particular strength in Northeast Asia and is the only one of the three alliances to include a cargo alliance. Its North Atlantic joint venture is to some extent complemented by SkyTeam member Delta’s JV with Virgin Atlantic.