Air India set to join Star Alliance

Air India said it is set to join Star Alliance, the leading global alliance of 28 top international carriers.
“Star Alliance has unanimously decided to lift the earlier suspension of the process for Air India entry into the Alliance. With this decision, final process for eventual entry of Air India has begun,” the airline said in a statement. In a decision taken on Friday in Vienna, the airline is hopeful that the decision will prove beneficial for the passengers. “Air India passengers will enjoy enormous benefits, including seamless transfers while travelling across the world, more frequent flyer mileage points, code-sharing leading to a wider choice of flights and access to facilities at over 1,000 lounges worldwide,” said the airline.
The proposal of Air India’s inclusion in the The Alliance was kept on hold since July 2011 on the grounds that the airline had not fulfilled major conditions to join it. Established in 1997, the Star Alliance network offers 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries.
In order to become a member, an airline is required to meet and comply with the highest standards of customer service, security and technical infrastructure in the industry. SkyTeam Alliance and OneWorld are the other alliances.
The integration process is expected to take three months. It would also involve integration of an airline’s flight network, ticket booking systems, matching of frequent flyer programmes and access to lounges in home countries of the airline. Passengers automatically get the alliance benefits on travelling on the member airline.
The present members include Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines , Croatia Airlines , EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Eva Air, Lot Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways and TAM Airlines.

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