Greek carrier Aegean Airlines has formally applied to join Star Alliance, bringing the total membership to 29 carriers.

The airline - which has grown increasingly close to Star's network - disclosed the decision during a briefing in Athens.

"In the near future our customers will be able to enjoy the network, privileges and loyalty rewards of the largest and most-recognised airline alliance in the world," says Aegean chairman Theodore Vassilakis.

Star has 21 current members and another five full members - including Aegean - undergoing integration. The alliance also has three regional member airlines.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news