SkyTeam alliance carriers to adopt unifying livery

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SkyTeam alliance carriers are to adopt a unified livery on a proportion of their aircraft, the design of which is to be finalised later this year.

The decision echoes that of rival Star Alliance which unveiled a common livery for its members in late 2002.

SkyTeam chairman Leo van Wijk, speaking at a briefing in Istanbul today during the IATA annual general meeting, said the new livery would feature on around 1% of the alliance’s global fleet.

“The overall design has been approved,” he says. “Some details are still being finalised.”

Van Wijk says the livery will include a clear SkyTeam branding, along with the operating carrier’s own logo. He expects the design to be revealed formally around the fourth quarter of this year.

SkyTeam has 11 full members and three associate carriers. The alliance’s mainline fleet comprises some 2,500 aircraft with another 1,300 belonging to affiliated airlines.