International airline alliance SkyTeam is to roll out a global premium service for its top-paying customers – based on a package offered by US airline Delta since 2010.
The SkyPriority service will standardize the luxury travel experience for customers flying with SkyTeam members at over 1,000 airports around the world.
The service includes specifically prioritized check-in areas, baggage drop-off points, ticket offices, transfer desk, boarding lines and baggage handling for customers flying First or Business class.
It means that premium flyers should see a similar experience wherever they are in the world — SkyTeam said that the initial rollout, taking in over 800 airports, will be completed in the course of the next few months.
Where possible, the service will also include priority lines at security, and additional services will be introduced in the future.
Among the first airports to see the services will be Amsterdam, Guangzhou, Nairobi, Shanghai and Taipei, the alliance said.
Once of the biggest benefits of alliances is often the transfer of premium benefits from your preferred airline to airports and services around the world.
Become a Gold member of the competing Star Alliance, for instance, and you’ll be treated to many of the same benefits that the SkyPriority service offers.
Sapphire tier members of the OneWorld program also see similar perks, including business class check-in and access to frequent flyer lounges.