China Airlines to Join SkyTeam

Old Jan 14, 08, 8:54 pm
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China Airlines will be announced as SkyTeam

China Airlines will be announced as the next full member of the SkyTeam alliance this year, a source close to the carrier told ATWOnline. Talks between CI and SkyTeam members started last autumn.
http://www.atwonline.com/news/other....=1%2F14%2F2008
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Old Jan 14, 08, 8:59 pm
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If China Airlines joins ST, Skyteam will have a very strong presence in the Southeast Asian market.
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Old Jan 14, 08, 9:01 pm
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Do you know which specific dates does CI join the ST this year? I am not aware about CI will join by entire ST. It doesn't sense happens few years ago but, CI does not join the Alliance years ago. Because it was some few aircraft has been crashes off of China. It will need more improvable do followed safety regulations. CI will be very successfully join the SkyTeam shortly.

Does CI will gets more codeshare agreements with DL, CO, NW in USA flights?
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Old Jan 14, 08, 9:54 pm
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Awesome, this will give us another option to get to Australia.
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Old Jan 15, 08, 11:57 am
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Interesting to see how CI and CZ treat one another...

Given that they're from countries that don't recognize the other's existence.

Still wish we'd get some South American or Australian members.
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Old Jan 15, 08, 1:48 pm
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Given that they're from countries that don't recognize the other's existence.
It's not problem. CI and CZ have Mileage partnership for two years.
http://www.china-airlines.com/en/club/club_mi_cz.htm
http://skypearl.csair.com/air6_en.html

In fact, CI also has partnership with Air China and China Eastern Airlines.
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Old Jan 15, 08, 9:59 pm
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See... the "one China" policy isn't just a cruel joke.
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Old Jan 15, 08, 11:12 pm
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Dang... too bad this wasn't in effect for that great LAX-TPE-PNH fare. Sure would've been nice to rack up 16K MQM for $300
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Old Jan 15, 08, 11:16 pm
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I guess this is just me - but I feel CI is some cheapo airlines whose service and flight amenities are lacking. It just can't win compared to *A's SQ and TG or One World's CX.
SkyTeam needs to move quicker and get the nice airlines sooner before they join other alliances.
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Old Jan 16, 08, 5:49 am
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Originally Posted by FlyHighDude View Post
SkyTeam needs to move quicker and get the nice airlines sooner before they join other alliances.
SkyTeam adds another airline (allegedly) and the first thing you do is complain? Isn't it somewhat positive to have another option in a geographic area where SkyTeam has been historically poor?
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Old Jan 16, 08, 6:08 am
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CI's current hard product is definitely way behind SQ, CX, TG, and KE. So is it's soft product. The hard product, at least, is supposed to start getting upgraded to, for example, lie-flat seats with 60" pitch in transpac Business Class. Definitely a step in the right direction.
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Old Jan 16, 08, 7:03 am
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Originally Posted by FlyHighDude View Post
I guess this is just me - but I feel CI is some cheapo airlines whose service and flight amenities are lacking. It just can't win compared to *A's SQ and TG or One World's CX.
SkyTeam needs to move quicker and get the nice airlines sooner before they join other alliances.
What airlines, specifically, are of the caliber and scope of SQ and CX and not presently in one of the big three alliances?

As for service to Australia, I can find less-than-daily service from Taipei to Brisbane and Sydney. But I suppose any added service is welcome for award travel.
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Originally Posted by mtparadis View Post
Isn't it somewhat positive to have another option in a geographic area where SkyTeam has been historically poor?
Don't forget their safety record!
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Don't forget their safety record!
Not so different from KE 10-15 years ago. I'm sure their entry into SkyTeam will have some stipulations requiring increased safety measures.
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Originally Posted by mtparadis View Post
Not so different from KE 10-15 years ago. I'm sure their entry into SkyTeam will have some stipulations requiring increased safety measures.

Never assume anything. Deal with hard facts and their past performance.
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