Air France and Delta Air Lines joined forces well after Star Alliance and Oneworld were formed. Today, however, SkyTeam, making up for lost time, could become a nine-member group and the second-biggest airline alliance in the world. Although expansion was not an overt objective, the French flag carrier's and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines' "near merger," a regrouping initiative that will bring a powerful new member to SkyTeam, is scheduled to be completed in the second-quarter of 2004. ...

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