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Star Alliance named as world's best airline alliance

June 15, 2005 13:56

In a recent passenger survey conducted by Skytrax, the specialist air transport research organization, Star Alliance, has been named the world’s best airline alliance. This honour for Star Alliance comes as part of the 2005 World Airline Awards and is also the second time in three years that the alliance has been given this accolade.

Star Alliance’s vision is to be the leading global airline alliance for the high value international traveller. In order to achieve this, the alliance has in the eight years since its inception been working at better meeting the requirements of the international traveller.

One such need is global reach. With its 16 member carriers presently serving 795 destinations in 139 countries, Star Alliance offers the most comprehensive network of any airline alliance. In order to provide optimal connections, the alliance has been working on improving facilities at its key hubs.

Additionally, research has shown that access to lounges is extremely important to frequent travellers. Star Alliance is in a position to offer its Gold Card holders (top tier customers in the individual carriers’ frequent flyer programmes) access to more than 620 lounges worldwide.

Star Alliance was established in 1997. The members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways International, United, US Airways and VARIG Brazilian Airlines. South African Airways and SWISS will bi integrated during the course of the next 12 months. Overall, the member carriers offer more than 15,000 daily flights to 795 destinations in 139 countries.

SAS Group Corporate Communications

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