The Star Alliance has added Finland's Blue1, South African Airways (SAA) and TAP Air Portugal to its 15-strong membership. SAA and TAP are to formally join next year as full alliance members, while Scandinavian Airlines-owned Blue1 will join later this year, becoming the first "regional member" - meaning its financial obligations to the grouping will be smaller than those of full partners and it will only be listed as a member in some markets. Star says that after the three new members join, its global network will comprise 833 destinations in 152 countries with more than 15,000 daily flights.


Source: Flight International