SkyTeam Round the World and Europe Pass Fares Now Offer Travelers More Choices

Passengers Can Now Select Flight Options From Continental, KLM and Northwest

NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands, April 13 /PRNewswire/ — At a meeting today in Noordwijk, the SkyTeam Steering Committee announced that passengers traveling via the alliance’s Round the World (RTW) and Europe Pass products will have greater options, in terms of schedules and destinations, with the addition of Continental’s, KLM’s and Northwest’s route networks. Effective April 15, RTW customers can select flight options from any of the nine member airlines, while Europe Pass customers have their choice of routes operated by the alliance’s four European carriers.

For RTW passengers, the new options provide greater access to destinations in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as key cities in Africa. In Europe, passengers with a trans-Atlantic or inter- continental ticket can now extend their trip with discounted fares to destinations such as Belfast, Northern Ireland and Berne, Switzerland under the Europe Pass product.

“As we approach the busy summer travel season, choice and flexibility are high priorities for leisure travelers,” said Dominique Patry, chairman of the SkyTeam Steering Committee and vice president alliances and international affairs at Air France. “SkyTeam, with its customer focus, understands these needs and is pleased to offer additional options now that our network reach has expanded with the inclusion of Continental, KLM and Northwest.”

The SkyTeam Steering Committee consists of senior executives from member airlines who serve as partners in the planning and implementation of key strategies agreed upon by the Governing Board. The executives made the announcement following their quarterly meeting in Noordwijk.

Originally introduced in 2002, SkyTeam’s Europe Pass allows alliance customers who purchase a trans-Atlantic or inter-continental ticket to Europe to also purchase three or more one-way intra-European flight segments at reduced fares. The segments are available on flights operated by Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to destinations in 44 countries. Fare prices(1) are calculated on the basis of distance flown in Europe for each coupon on non-stop flights operated by the four carriers.

For those with itineraries that span both the Atlantic and Pacific, SkyTeam offers passengers choice and flexibility with four RTW packages. On a trip around the world, travelers can plan between three and 15 stops, with the opportunity to backtrack on the same continent. Fares(1) for the four RTW packages are based on the number of miles traveled and are good for trips ranging in length from 10 days to up to one year. All itineraries must start and end in the same country and require a trans-Atlantic and a trans-Pacific flight.

The Steering Committee anticipates adding options to SkyTeam’s America Pass product later this year, as Continental, KLM and Northwest add their networks to the hundreds of destinations currently served in Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States. Passengers traveling via the SkyTeam RTW, Europe Pass and America Pass products can earn frequent flyer miles on each flight segment.

Gary Fishman, vice chairman of the SkyTeam Steering Committee and senior vice president alliances at Northwest said, “The RTW and Europe Pass enhancements benefit our customers, but also demonstrate continued progress toward deeper integration. We look forward to announcing similar products in the future.”

About SkyTeam

SkyTeam is the global airline alliance partnering Aeromexico, Air France (NYSE:AKH) (Euronext Paris: AF) (Euronext Amsterdam: AFA), Alitalia, Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) , CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) , KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air and Northwest Airlines (NYSE:NWB) . Through one of the world’s most extensive hub networks, SkyTeam offers its 341 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 14,000 daily flights covering all major destinations. Visit SkyTeam on the Web at http://www.skyteam.com/ .

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