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SAS Signs Agreement to Join SkyTeam‍ Alliance

DALLAS — Today, SAS Scandinavian Airlines (SK) has announced signing an agreement with the SkyTeam alliance. The airline, a founding member of Star Alliance, will join SkyTeam on September 1. 

SAS customers will benefit from the alliance network. Entering the SkyTeam alliance is a natural consequence of the partial ownership of the Scandinavian airline from the Air France-KLM group. The news comes after several announcements and rumours awaiting the officiality.

With United Airlines (UA), Air Canada (AC), Lufthansa (LH) and Thai Airways (TG), SK is a founding member of Star Alliance. The airline founded the first-ever global alliance in 1997 and Star Alliance currently counts a cumulative fleet size of over 5,000 aircraft, serving almost 1,300 airports worldwide. The alliance is based in Frankfurt (FRA) and counts 26 members, including SK. 

SAS Airbus A350-900. Photo: Mateo Skinner/Airways

Executives Response

SkyTeam Chairman Andres Conesa welcomed SAS, highlighting their shared vision for a smooth travel experience and continued collaboration behind the scenes. 

SAS President and CEO Anko van der Werff called this a pivotal milestone for SAS. He emphasized the benefits for EuroBonus members, including new destinations and access to the SkyTeam network, marking an exciting future for everyone involved.

“We are very excited to now have reached this pivotal milestone in SAS’ alliance transition journey. EuroBonus members will be able to enjoy new destinations and benefits as part of the SkyTeam alliance family, marking the start of an exciting future for customers, partners and employees alike. SAS customers will benefit from SkyTeam's strong global presence in many of the world's major aviation hubs and from its focus on strategic partnerships and innovative sustainability initiatives,” said SAS President and CEO Anko van der Werff.

SkyTeam CEO Patrick Roux also expressed delight at officially welcoming SAS, praising their reputation and looking forward to a strong future together. 

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