Airline affiliations

Airline affiliations

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Star Alliance is one of the world’s largest global airline alliances. Star Alliance’s 27 member airlines operate a fleet of approximately 4,657 aircraft, serving more than 1,330 airports in 192 countries on more than 18,500 daily departures. The alliance has a two-tier rewards program, Silver and Gold, with incentives including priority boarding and upgrades. Three United planes at San Francisco International Airport.

One is wearing Star Alliance Livery. On 14 May 1997, an agreement was announced forming Star Alliance from five airlines on three continents: United Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways, Air Canada, and Lufthansa. The now defunct Brazilian airline VARIG joined the Star Alliance network on 22 October 1997, extending the alliance into South America. Although Star Alliance invited Lineas Aereas Azteca in 2005 to join in mid-2007, the airline filed for bankruptcy.

TAP Air Portugal joined on 14 March 2005, adding African destinations to the network. By May 2007, Star Alliance’s 10th anniversary, its members had a combined 16,000 daily departures to 855 destinations in 155 countries and served 406 million passengers annually. VARIG left the alliance on 31 January 2007, and the two Chinese airlines, Air China and Shanghai Airlines joined on 12 December. On 1 April 2008, Turkish Airlines joined the alliance after a 15-month integration process beginning in December 2006, becoming its seventh European airline and 20th member. According to alliance CEO Jaan Albrecht, «Bringing Continental Airlines into Star Alliance has been a truly unique experience. Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines joined Star Alliance on 13 May 2010, increasing its foothold in South America.

Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest airline by number of passengers, joined on 30 June. Since 2011, the alliance has gained several large members but has lost others due to collapse or mergers. On 13 December 2011, Ethiopian Airlines joined, adding five countries and 24 destinations to the alliance’s map. 13, starting with two key departures but ending with a major move into Latin America.