Star Alliance is the world’s first and largest airline alliance. An airline alliance is an agreement between two or more airlines to cooperate on a substantial level. Alliances provide a network of connectivity and convenience for international passengers and international packages, and the Star Alliance network is the front runner of this. Founded in 1997, its name and emblem represent the five founding airlines which are the Air Canada airline, the Lufthansa airline, the Scandinavian Airlines System airline, the Thai Airways International airline, and last but not least the United airlines company. Since then the Star Alliance has grown exponentially.
All airline alliances provide certain benefits to the individual airline company, not just name and organization recognition. The benefits offered by the Star Alliance network are greater than most other network alliance airlines, thus explaining their position as the number one airline alliance in the world. Some of the benefits can consist of cost reduction from sharing certain purchases and investments, cross sharing staff, sharing sales offices and other facilities such as maintenance and operational facilities.
More importantly than what the Star Alliance network offers their airline companies is what they offer the travelers that choice to fly with them. Such benefits include lower prices on airfare, more departure times to a given route, shorter travel times, faster mileage rewards, a wider variety of destinations, better airport lounges, etc.
All the members of the Star Alliance network are among the most respected airlines in the world. Thus becoming a member is not easy and is very exclusive. In order for an airline to become a member of the Star Alliance, the airline must comply with the highest industry standards of customer service, security and technical infrastructure. The Star Alliance network together offers convenient and comfortable travel to almost any destination in the world.
Statistically speaking, Star Alliance network has 25 airline company members, over 3,700 aircraft and almost 460,000 employees on file. Star Alliance network flies nearly 590,000,000 passengers per year; bringing in an annual sales revenue of $169 billion and servicing over 170 foreign countries.
Star Alliance was the first and is the largest of all airline alliance networks, and it shows in their successes. Their activities and benefits offered to both airline companies that join them and passengers that fly with them are endless.