Air India is set to join the Star Alliance — the global alliance of 19 airlines including Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Air Canada and Air China — allow it to offer easy connectivity at competitive fares to passengers. The board of Star Alliance, at its meeting in China on Thursday, voted the inclusion of Air India as member along with EgyptAir and Turkish Airlines. <b1>
With this, the passengers of Air India can travel by booking a single ticket and automatically transfer baggage from one airline to the other. They can also earn and burn miles in any part of the world by flying in the Star Alliance network. Air India and Star Alliance will now deploy special teams to ensure the integration process.
The alliance will help passengers tap destinations in Europe, South East Asia and the US, where Air India does not operate any services. Star Alliance members can enable their passengers to fly into any destination inside India and at great fares. The Star Alliance network offers more than 17,000 daily flights to 897 destinations in 160 countries.
Air India is also expected to rake in an annual additional revenue of Rs 400-450 crore by automatically transferring and drawing passengers from the alliance’s global network, according to industry sources. It would also allow the national carrier to use the airport lounges of member airlines and the common IT infrastructure.