Star Alliance is a global alliance of 27 aviation companies that cooperate to offer codesharing and connections to destinations around the world. Members include both major and regional aviation companies, and each have a number of focus cities. Each member retains its individual identity, culture, and style, but can share resources, facilities, staff, and livery. Star Alliance was formed on May 14, 1997, with headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. Star Alliance operates a fleet of more than 4,675 aircraft serving 1,330 airports in 192 countries, with over 18,500 departures daily. As of April 2018, Star Alliance was the world's second largest airline alliance in terms of passenger count, behind the SkyTeam. The alliance uses the slogan "The Way The Earth Connects."
Members of the Star Alliance
Star Alliance includes 27 member airlines that offer service to 192 countries. A sample of these airlines are highlighted below.
Adria Airways is Slovenia's largest airline and has a network of over 25 cities in Europe and the Balkan region, offering efficient connections between Southeast and Central Europe. Adria Airways joined the Star Alliance in Dec 2004.
Aegean Airlines is the largest airline in Greece and joined the alliance in June 2010. The airline offers local and international flights to various destinations in Europe and the Middle East. Aegean Airlines, together with its subsidiary Olympic Air, operates a modern Airbus fleet.
Founded in 1937, Air Canada is Canada's largest airline and was a founding member of Star Alliance. The airline carries passengers and cargo to over 200 destinations globally. Air Canada's headquarters are located in Montreal, Quebec, while its largest operating hub is Toronto Pearson International Airport. Air Canada operates a fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft and has a series of specialized divisions including Air Canada Jetz, Air Canada Express, Air Canada Vacations, Air Canada Rouge, and Air Canada Cargo.
Air China is one of the main airlines in the Peoples Republic of China and joined Star Alliance on December 12, 2007. Air China is a major carrier and its flight operations hub is based out of Beijing Capital International Airport.
Air India is a government-owned enterprise that joined the Star Alliance on July 11, 2014, as the 27th member of the alliance. Air India, India's flag carrier airline, serves 94 domestic and international destinations using a fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft. The hub of Air India is New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand joined the Star Alliance in 1999. As the flag carrier of New Zealand, the airline is based in Auckland and flies to destinations in over 19 countries in Europe and the Pacific Rim.
Premium Status Levels
Star Alliance groups have two status levels for customers based on frequent flyer program (FFP) point levels: gold and silver. The Star Alliance Gold status is offered to customers who have reached high point levels in the frequent flyer program. Gold status benefits include priority reservations and baggage handling, as well as an additional 20 kilograms in luggage weight allowance. Gold status customers have access to designated lounges and a preferred seating section on the plane. Star Alliance Silver status customers are given priority on booking and airport stand-by lists. Some airlines also offer Silver status customers priority baggage handling, airport check-ins, and preferred seats.