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Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta

Today Alitalia, the highest-profile Italian-based airline, joined Air France, KLM, and Delta Air Lines in the largest trans-Atlantic joint venture of airlines.  The geographic scope of this network of airlines covers more than two thirds of the circumference of the Earth, from French Polynesia in the west, to India in the east.  Such a large network of airlines is enabled by anti-trust immunity granted to the member airlines by national and supra-national governments on both sides of the Atlantic.  This agreement among the four airlines allows Alitalia to remain in the network until at least 2022. 

Air France and KLM, the flag carriers of France and the Netherlands respectively, merged in 2004, although each airline has retained its own branding scheme and logos.  American-based Delta Air Lines merged with KLM partner Northwest Airlines in 2008, and joined this network in 2009.  The arrangement allows the member airlines to "share revenues and costs" associated with flying trans-Atlantic routes, according to a press release put out by Delta today.  Delta stated that this four-way alliance now represents more than a quarter of total capacity in trans-Atlantic passenger air travel.

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Alitalia Joins Air France-KLM Group (Delta Air Lines)

Alitalia joins Air France-KLM Group, Delta Air Lines in industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture (Air France)

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