Star Alliance Airlines
Star Alliance, the world's first and largest airline alliance, headquartered in
Frankfurt, Germany, was founded in 1997 by five of the world's leading airlines
Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International and United
Airlines to offer passengers worldwide reach and a smooth travel experience. It
is the global leading airline network in terms of daily flights, destinations and
countries flown to and the number of member airlines. At present, the network has
a total of 27 airlines as its members. It has 4,023 aircrafts with more than 21,000
daily departures. The number of airports coming under the Star Alliance network
is 1,160 and the number of lounges being over 970. Currently, 181 countries are
being served by the member airlines of the network, with 603.8 million passengers
combined using the member airlines’ services annually.
The Star Alliance has in its vast network some of the world’s most reputed airlines
as its members, which includes Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand,
ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, bmi (British Midland International), Brussels
Airlines, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Egypt Air, Polish Airlines, Lufthansa,
Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, Swiss,
TAM, TAP Portugal, Thai, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.
Faster & Smoother Transfers:
To ensure that the passengers don’t have to face inconvenience like flight delays,
the Star Alliance under its ‘Move Under One Roof’ initiative has been adapting airports
to house all its member airlines in one terminal, under one roof thus ensuring faster
This unique system gives automatic priority to the passengers flying Business or
First Class by instantly recognizing them. The Star Alliance Gold members, however,
get even quicker access via their own check-in zone.
With 970 lounges worldwide, Star Alliance has the world’s largest lounge network.
Passengers traveling on first class or business class, along with a guest, will
be provided access to the Star Alliance lounge network, irrespective of membership
status, where they can unwind themselves before the start of their journey or while
making a connection.
Frequent Flyer Program:
Though the Star Alliance network does not have its own frequent flyer program, but
the passengers can earn and redeem miles and build on their status on any of the
member airlines under their respective frequent flyer program. The passengers, in
fact, need only one frequent flyer card, and they can accumulate miles from all
of the member airlines they fly with.
With Star Alliance Upgrade Awards, the passengers would benefit by using their miles
to upgrade one class of service when traveling on either of the 20 member airlines
using the frequent flyer programs under the network. The other seven member airlines
– Adria, Blue1, bmi, Croatia Airlines, Egypt Air, South African Airways and Spanair
– will be joining the frequent flyer programs in the coming months.
Star Alliance Gold/Silver Status:
When the passengers reach status levels under their respective frequent flyer program,
they will qualify for the equivalent Gold or Silver Star Alliance status thus being
entitled to a whole range of benefits including lounge access, extra baggage allowance
and priority in boarding, standby status and reservations.
(a.) Gold Benefits:
- Priority Reservations Waitlisting
- Priority Airport Standby
- Priority Airport Check-in
- Priority Baggage Handling
- Extra Baggage Allowance
- Priority Boarding
- Airport Lounge Access
(b.) Silver Benefits:
- Priority Reservations Waitlisting
- Priority Airport Standby With its vast network
the Star Alliance network continues to grow promising to serve the passengers’ need
for a smooth travel experience even better.