SkyTeam was formed over a year ago. The new national airline in Italy is called ITA. How is the Sky Team alliance going? I don't think so, if you ask me...
SkyTeam is a group of airlines. The biggest benefits of an airline that is part of an alliance are mileage earning, redemptions, and elite perks.
Most of those things don't apply to ITA Airways.
Look at the partner page for Delta.
Please note, earn is temporarily unavailable on ITA Airways-marketed, ITA Airways-operated flights denoted by AZ*/AZ airline code. Additionally, SkyTeam Elite and Elite Plus benefits will be temporarily unavailable on ITA Airways-operated flights.
I would like to go for status with Air France-KLM Flying Blue, so I thought an ITA Airways review trip would be a good way to get some points. You don't earn miles or points unless you book an Air France or KLM codeshare on the airline. The Flying Blue page for the airline.
Earn Miles and gain XP on flights marketed as Air France (AF) and/or KLM (KL) and operated by ITA Airways (AZ).
The SkyTeam logo is painted on planes by ITA Airways.
The global alliances aren't as hot as they used to be, as they've largely been deemphasized in favor of joint ventures, equity investments
The core value of the alliance concept is that passengers can expect to be treated fairly regardless of which airline they fly. It might take a month or two for things to get up to speed, but over a year.
I don't know why this is the way it is. Is it Skyteam?
I am not surprised Sky Team has an issue like this. SkyTeam has the weakest recognition and redemptions of any of the alliances. SkyTeam has some great airlines, but the alliance isn't as consistent as oneworld or Star Alliance
Despite being part of the SkyTeam alliance for over a year, ITA Airways still doesn't have the same perks as other airlines. This is something I can't comprehend.
What do you think about the non-participation of ITA in Sky Team?