Well the answer is no – at least not yet.
The reason I ask is that United Airlines thought they had. At least someone at United did. And that someone said so on their voluminous website. This is what they said:
United is a founding member of Star AllianceTM, the airline network that offers more than 18,000 daily flights to approximately 975 destinations in over 162 countries. To find out more about the first global airline alliance and its worldwide reach, visit Star
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Our data analyst Antonio Panariello came across this note while researching the alliances for the Airline Business annual examination of the state of the various tie-ups and partnerships between carriers.
As far as we recalled, Aer Lingus had been in an alliance. But that was oneworld, and it had since left saying alliances were not too relevant for it these days.
As for Hawaiian, we had not seen any indication of their alliance intentions.
Air India though is spot on – it will join Star pretty soon.
So, what’s the story? United say it was an error and it has since corrected the reference, which now reads Air India and Continental. Star confirms this.
Aer Lingus was puzzled when we asked them – no alliance plans there it seems.
So is this all the cranky typing of a busy web operative, or, as the conspiracy theorists among you might prefer, the accidental revelation of future alliance plans?
Hawaiian seems a potential Star member. It recently signed a new codeshare deal with United.
At first sight Aer Lingus looks a longer shot. But consider this far-fetched link: Star’s Lufthansa buys 20% stake in JetBlue; JetBlue forges transatlantic pact with Aer Lingus.
So, an accident or something more?