Virgin Atlantic to Join SkyTeam Alliance in 2023

By Paul Riegler on 27 September 2022
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A Virgin Atlantic 787-9 Dreamliner

Virgin Atlantic Airways announced on Tuesday that it will join the SkyTeam alliance after years of saying it had no plans to do so.

The airline, which was founded in 1984 by Sir Richard Branson, is 49% owned by Delta Air Lines, a founding member of SkyTeam.  Virgin Atlantic is also a founding partner of a joint-venture partnership with two SkyTeam members, Delta and Air France-KLM.

The London-based carrier will become the alliance’s first and only U.K. member airline when it joins in early 2023.

Founded in 2000, SkyTeam is one of the world’s three major alliances.  It was the last of the three to be formed, the first two having been Star Alliance in 1997 and oneworld in 1999.

Virgin CEO Shai Weiss said in a statement that SkyTeam shares Virgin’s “customer-first ethos,” adding that membership will “enhance established relationships with our valued partners at Delta and Air France-KLM, as well as opening up opportunities to collaborate with new airlines.”

Other airlines in the SkyTeam alliance include Aeromexico, China Airlines, Czech Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air, and Vietnam Airlines, among others.

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