SkyTeam Alliance gained two more airlines
Two more Shanghai based airlines have officially joined the SkyTeam Alliance, China Eastern and its extension Shanghai airlines are now part of the team making it the second Chinese member following China Southern Airline Co. the move will strengthen China eastern position in the rapidly growing international civil aviation market and at the same time expands skyteam’s presence in the country.
Both airlines added 32 new destinations to the skyteam’s network, by joining the airlines were offering ten percent more flights and departures in and out of China’s region. China Eastern will be saving almost one billion yuan after joining the skyteam. The airline will also explore possibilities of flying internationally. Both airline will also be joining the skyteam cargo alliance in the future.
Becoming a member of the skyteam was as great deal for China Eastern, since it will make the airline a contender for the international market. Since they have a strong domestic network in China it might get the edge it needed to penetrate the international market.