Star Alliance has decided to restart the process of integrating Air India into its ranks, two years after talks were suspended.
The alliance's board took the decision “unanimously” to restart the process at its annual general meeting in Vienna, it says.
“Today we see an Air India which has successfully completed its merger with Indian Airlines and is building up a new fleet that forms the basis for a much-improved level of service," says Star chief executive Mark Schwab.
"This is why we believe the time is now right to recommence the integration process."
India's national carrier was originally accepted as a future member of Star Alliance in December 2007, but the integration process was halted in July 2011. The airline group says this was to give Air India time to complete its merger with Indian Airlines.