South African Airways is the first African company to join this network which now has 18 airlines. This membership offers many advantages in the business strategies of SAA.
In fact, by joining Star Alliance, the SAA brings its fleet, its destinations, its employees, its customers and its expertise to it. As a result, the Star Alliance currently represents more than twenty airlines which daily operate more than twenty thousand flights in more than 150 countries around the world through more than eight hundred and forty airports. In addition to this rich multitude of choices offered to customers, the Star Alliance network offers several other advantages to customers of member airlines: priority registration on the reservation waiting list, priority waiting at the airport, priority registration at the airport priority baggage handling, excess baggage privilege, priority boarding, access to members’ airport lounge.
What is the Star Alliance airline alliance?
Airline alliances are cooperation agreements between airlines. Nowadays, most companies belong to an alliance. These partnerships allow passengers, among other things, to earn and use miles as well as to travel in comfort to all corners of the planet.
Founded in 1997, Star Alliance is an airline alliance with 26 member airlines. It has more member airlines than the other two major alliances.
Who are the founders of Star Alliance?
The founding members of Star Alliance are: Air Canada (Canada), Lufthansa (Germany), SAS Scandinavian Airlines (Denmark, Norway, Sweden), Thai Airways International (Thailand), United Airlines (USA).
Who are the members of Star Alliance?
The other member airlines are: Aegean Airlines (Greece), Air China (People’s Republic of China), Air India (India), Air New Zealand (New Zealand), All Nippon Airways (Japan), Asiana Airlines (South Korea), Austrian Airlines (Austria), Avianca (Colombia), Brussels Airlines (Belgium), Copa Airlines (Panama), Croatia Airlines (Croatia), Egypt Air (Egypt), Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia), EVA Air (Taiwan), LOT (Poland) Shenzhen Airlines (People’s Republic of China), Singapore Airlines (Singapore), South African Airways (South Africa), Switzerland (Switzerland), TAP Portugal (Portugal) and Turkish Airlines (Turkey).
You can also enjoy the benefits of the alliance by flying with affiliates of member airlines. Flying with these airlines can earn you Miles and enjoy status benefits like the major airlines.
Where is Star Alliance present?
With its 26 members, Star Alliance offers connections all over the world.
The alliance is the clear leader in the European market, where it has more than ten members. It is also by far the largest alliance in Africa, with members in the north, east and south.
In the Caucasus as in Asia, it is present thanks to Turkish Airlines, Singapore Airlines, EVA Air, All Nippon Airways and Asiana Airlines.
What is more, it has good market shares in North America and Central America thanks to Air Canada, Copa Airlines and United Airlines. In South America, Avianca offers connections in many countries.