Delta Air Lines and Grupo Aeromexico have reached tentative agreement on a long-term, exclusive commercial alliance to expand cooperation and link Delta’s network with Mexico’s largest passenger network. Delta will also invest $65 million in Aeromexico.

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Delta Air Lines and Aerolineas Argentinas plan to launch a codesharing agreement for flights connecting Miami and Atlanta to Buenos Aires, as well as service to 14 U.S. destinations, eight domestic destinations in Argentina, three flights to Canada and flights to Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

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Middle East Airlines – Air Liban, the national carrier of Lebanon, will sign an agreement on February 28 to officially start the process of joining the SkyTeam alliance in 2012.

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The SkyTeam iPhone App contains a variety of useful features for travelers, including worldwide airline flight schedules, flight status, weather information with seven-day forecasts, notifications to users of updates and changes, an airport locator and important contact phone numbers.

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The airline will be SkyTeam’s first member from the Middle East and Saudi Arabian Airlines will add 35 new destinations to the alliance’s global network.

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Delta Air Lines will reinstate codesharing on flights operated by SkyTeam-alliance partner Aeroméxico on December 29, following the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to upgrade to Category 1 the rating of Mexico’s federal civil aviation authority under ICAO’s International Aviation Safety Assessment program.

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Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carrier of Argentina, has signed an agreement to join the SkyTeam alliance in 2012, becoming SkyTeam’s first South American member and adding 38 new destinations to the SkyTeam network.

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Delta Air Lines says the new flights will begin on March 27, 2011 and that it will announce final flight schedules and fares within the next week.

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Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carrier of Argentina, will sign an agreement by the end of October to begin the process of joining SkyTeam as the first South American member of the airline alliance.

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Delta Air Lines will serve Luanda three times a week from January 20, 2011 using 243-seat Airbus A330-200s, with each flight making an intermediate stop in Dakar, Senegal.

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Delta Air Lines has applied to the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation for permission to operate twice-daily, year-round service between London Heathrow Airport and Boston, and daily year-round service between Heathrow and Miami.

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Star says Shanghai Airlines will continue to offer all Star Alliance customer benefits and its passengers will continue to receive worldwide alliance benefits until October 31.

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Alitalia has joined the Air France-KLM Group and Delta Air Lines as a member of the transatlantic joint venture established by the latter three carriers in the spring of 2009 after they received U.S. Department of Transportation and European Union anti-trust approval for the intra-SkyTeam Alliance grouping.

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TAROM Romanian Air Transport officially joined the SkyTeam global airline alliance at a ceremony held in Bucharest on June 25, strengthening the alliance’s network reach in Central and Eastern Europe. The Romanian airline becomes the 13th carrier to join SkyTeam.

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In a ceremony held in Hanoi, Vietnam Airlines officially joined the SkyTeam global airline alliance on June 10.

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During an official ceremony in Shanghai on April 16, China Eastern President and Chief Executive Officer Ma Xulun joined the CEOs of SkyTeam member airlines to sign a memorandum of understanding confirming China Eastern Airlines’ plans to join the SkyTeam Alliance by mid-2011.

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Spain’s Air Europa is launching four-times weekly non-stop service between Miami and Madrid on March 19.

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Air France has taken delivery of its first Airbus A380 and will be the first European airline to fly the double-deck aircraft on scheduled services.

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The SkyTeam global airline alliance has unveiled its new facility at Terminal 4 at London Heathrow Airport, becoming the first airline alliance to unveil a permanent, common facility in one terminal at London Heathrow.

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