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Due to the massive weather-related flight cancellations of Turkish Airlines earlier this week I got to try the Air Europa non-stop service to Madrid (Spain) from El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá (Colombia)

Since June last year, Air Europa operates a daily flight in the route Madrid – Bogota in one of their new Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner. The plane operated in this route offers 22 seats in Business Class and 274 seats in Economy. Air Europa has been incorporating the Dreamliners into their operation since last year. They also chose to introduce a new Business Class seat for the Dreamliner, which has also been rolled out in some of their Airbus A330s.

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There is an interesting read about the SkyTeam alliance on Economist that you can access here. It is about the Virgin Atlantic’s announcement that they are not in hurry to join the Skyteam and Aeroflot’s view that they would rather be in Star Alliance.

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Then the reporter interviews gulf carrier Etihad’s CEO that has rather negative opinion of the airline alliances as a whole and thinks that they have become too slow moving, bureaucratic and unable to provide value added to the members. [click to continue…]

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There was an article on Reuters yesterday (read it here) that was referring to a Russian publication Kommersant about Aeroflot’s preference of Star Alliance over SkyTeam due to unfavorable agreements with i.e. Delta.

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The article also states that some board member had said that it was unlikely that they would drop the alliance unless there was a political reason to do so. The board member also continues that the airline would likely join the Star Alliance that would help it to become more competitive. [click to continue…]

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Xiamen Airlines, based in Xiamen China, became officially a SkyTeam member airline on November 21, 2012. You can read SkyTeam’s official announcement of this here.

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The carrier currently flies mainly within China and has few international routes (you can access Xiamen’s route maps here) including Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Seoul and Taipei. According to the press release, the carrier has plans to start flying to United States, Europe, and Australasia once they have received the Boeing 787 airplanes on order.

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You can already earn and redeem miles from SkyTeam member airlines on Xiamen and vice versa. The eligible fare classes for earning miles are dependent of the frequent flier plan you credit the miles to. The following is a chart for Xiamen mileage accrual for Delta’s SkyMiles members.

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It has been a busy year for SkyTeam. The Xiamen is already fourth airline to join the alliance in 2012. Saudia, MEA, and Aerolineas Argentinas already joined the alliance earlier this year.

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Conclusion

It is always good to have more alliance airlines. This helps with earning and burning miles within China and North/South East Asia that the Xiamen Airlines serves at the moment. You will receive the SkyTeam elite benefits like lounge access and Sky Priority when flying on Xiamen.