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Aerolineas Argentinas joins SkyTeam

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 4 — The SkyTeam airline alliance announced this week that Aerolineas Argentinas is becoming its first South American member and the 18th in the global group.

Argentina’s national carrier, Aerolineas Argentinas, will be joining SkyTeam, adding 40 new destinations to the global alliance portfolio.

As part of the agreement, Aerolineas Argentinas passengers can expect fleet renewals as well as an enhanced frequent flyer program as they can earn and redeem miles on services operated by all SkyTeam members.

Aerolineas Argentinas operates services to 52 destinations in 14 countries using its two hubs in Buenos Aires. These include 35 domestic destinations such as popular cities like Ushuaia, the capital of Patagonia, the Iguazu Falls and the wine region of Mendoza.

Six existing members of SkyTeam, including Air France, Delta Air Lines and KLM, already operate in Buenos Aires, connecting Argentina with North America and Europe.

Other global airline alliances are seeking to have a presence in Latin America. StarAlliance welcomed Avianca, Colombia’s largest airline, as well as TACA and Copa airlines in June 2012. — AFP/Relaxnews

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