Air India joins Star Alliance

AIR India has signed an agreement to join the Star Alliance kickstarting a 12 to 18 month integration process. The length of time varies depending on the new member’s state of readiness, particularly in IT-related areas. It also has to comply with the minimum joining requirements that specify the standards of its product and service to levels that are comparable with those of the other Star carriers.

Glenn Tilton, chairman of Star Alliance and CEO of United Airlines, said: “India has long been on the radar of Star Alliance; after all it is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and aviation markets.”

“Air India is delighted in being invited to join Star Alliance. This invitation comes in the wake of Air India’s merger with India’s leading domestic carrier Indian Airlines, thus making Air India the prime player in the Indian subcontinent,” said Vasudevan Thulasidas, chairman and managing director, Air India.

The Star Alliance network currently consists of 19 members.

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