Earlier this week Continental Airlines joined Star Alliance, becoming the group’s 25th airline. Continental had an 18 month transition from its previous alliance with SkyTeam.
The impetus for Continental’s move was the merger between Delta AirLines and Northwest Airlines that was unveiled in April 2008. Delta andContinental have considerable overlap in the New York market andgeographically close hubs in Atlanta and Houston.
RecentlyContinental president Jeff Smisek told ATI sister publication AirlineBusiness that the carrier fills a very valuable spot for Star. Prior toContinental joining the alliance Star had virtually no presence in thekey New York market. Read more of our interview here…
At an event celebrating Continental’s ascension to Star Alliance, the carrier unveiled a Star Alliance themed livery on a 757.
In other Star Alliance news, Continental and Asiana recently signed a codeshare agreement. Continental also signed such an agreement with ANA, and the entire group expects to launch a transatlantic JV in early 2010.