Continental will leave SkyTeam this fall

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Continental Airlines CEO Larry Kellner told airline analysts his carrier will officially terminate its membership in the global SkyTeam alliance effective October 24, and will join the Star Alliance “shortly thereafter.”

In SkyTeam, Continental is a partner of Delta/Northwest, Air France, KLM, China Southern, AeroMexico, Korean Air and others. Star Alliance includes United, US Airways, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Singapore, South African Airlines,Thai, ANA, Air China, Air New Zealand and others.

The newspaper noted that on November 1, Continental is due to begin new service from its Houston hub to Lufthansa’s Frankfurt base, and that Continental and United are currently awaiting approval for a planned cost-sharing and ticketing partnership deal.

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