Star Alliance sets date for Air India to join

Decision follows “restart of re-integration” with Air India

The CEOs of the Star Alliance network unanimously approved the membership of Air India at a meeting in London, clearing the way for the national carrier to become the first Indian airline to join a global airline alliance. The date for joining is now set for July 11.

The integration teams at Air India and Star Alliance and its member carriers will now complete the last work necessary in order to ensure that Air India can finally join.

“We restarted the re-integration with Air India in December last year and just half a year later we are ready to confirm the official joining date,” Jeffrey Goh, Star Alliance COO, said.

“[We will] be providing our existing customers improved access to a region which includes the world’s fifth largest domestic aviation market.”

Air India will add a total of 400 daily flights and 35 new destinations in India to the alliance’s network. The biggest growth will come from its home market, which is currently being served by 13 Star Alliance members.

USA Today

[pictured: Air India One; photo by José Luis Celada Euba]