Air India, the national air carrier of India, joined the global airlines grouping, Star Alliance. The decision to admit Air India into the Star Alliance was taken during a meeting of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB) on 23 June 2014 in London.
With this, Air India became the first Indian carrier to join the largest global alliance for civil aviation and became the 27th member airlines of the group.
Air India will be formally inducted in Star Alliance on 11 July 2014 with unveiling of the Star Alliance logo and its livery on Air India’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner and an Airbus A-320. After induction, Air India on behalf of the Star Alliance would provide seamless connectivity to the passengers of Star partner airlines throughout its pan-India network.
The alliance will also help Air India passengers to access the alliance’s global network of nearly 21900 daily flights to 195 countries.
The national air carrier was trying to join the alliance since last seven years and joining the Alliance will benefit it. It’s expected that joining the Alliance will increase the revenues by 4 to 5 percent.
About Star Alliance
Star Alliance network, established in 1997, is the leading global airline network, with the highest number of member airlines, daily flights, destinations and countries flown to. It is a global airline alliance formed to provide convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience to customers.
Star Alliance members together have 4338 planes that every year flies over 64 crore passengers.
The Alliance members include major airlines like
• Singapore Airlines
• US carrier United
• Air China
• Air Canada
• All Nippon Airways
When: 23 June 2014