Air India officially joins Star Alliance

Air India has become the 27th member of Star Alliance, greatly increasing the alliance's reach on the sub-continent.

The flag carrier’s entry into the alliance adds 400 daily flights and 40 Indian destinations to the Star Alliance network, says Star Alliance in a statement.

“This is an important day for us. We have said for many years that we needed a strong home carrier in the Indian market and by welcoming Air India to our Star Alliance family, we have achieved this goal” say Star Alliance chief executive Mark Schwab.

“We know that the ‘new’ Air India is looking forward to providing the Star Alliance customer benefits to many more travellers.”

The Star Alliance statement adds that the induction of Air India brings its market share in India to 30%. In addition to permitting easier connections, Air India frequent flyer members will enjoy reciprocal rights on other Star Alliance carriers, and vice versa.

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