China Airlines stated its new membership in SkyTeam from 28-Sep-2011 will increase its network by ten times, according to a CNA, report. The carrier stated it has taken 11 years to gain approval from each of the 13 current SkyTeam members to enter the alliance. "The membership will elevate our global presence, especially in the China region," said Jessica Pan, the airline's public relations manager.
SkyTeam membership to increase China Airlines' destinations tenfold
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