Aviation Aerolineas Argentinas to join SkyTeam By Jerry Limone / November 30, 2010 Share 1 -- Aerolineas Argentinas, the flag carrier of Argentina, has signed an agreement to join SkyTeam in 2012 and improve its product. Aerolineas will be SkyTeam's first South American member, and will add 38 destinations to the alliance’s network. SkyTeam said Aerolineas Argentinas has initiated a long-term plan to renew its fleet; add international destinations such as New York and London; increase the density of its domestic and regional network; and improve product quality and consistency. In 2008, the Argentine government acquired Aerolineas after 18 years of private ownership. "Aerolineas has started a new chapter under the direction of the Argentine government, and for more than one year we have taken several measures to strengthen our business model," said CEO Mariano Recalde. Marie-Joseph Male, SkyTeam’s managing director, said that in joining the alliance, Aerolineas Argentinas will help "position itself as a major player in Latin America."