SkyTeam partners Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines are planning to ultimately extend their new joint venture to include Alitalia.
Earlier today Air France-KLM and Delta revealed their new wide-ranging transatlantic joint venture, which covers 25% of all transatlantic capacity.
Speaking during a media briefing in Paris to mark the occasion, Air France president and CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon said: "Of course Alitalia will be joining us, but the current Alitalia is a different company to the old Alitalia.
"It wasn't possible to transfer the anti-trust immunity obtained by the old Alitalia to the new Alitalia. We have to apply for anti-trust, but as soon as it is sorted out the new Alitalia will be able to join the new joint venture."
Air France confirms that Alitalia has applied for anti-trust clearance, but declines to comment on likely timelines for the clearance.
Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson adds that the carriers remain open to new members, provided both sides agree to any new additions.