Egyptair becomes 21st member of Star Alliance
At a ceremony in Cairo today, Egyptair officially became the 21st member of Star Alliance bringing with it 1,624 weekly flights to 69 destinations around the world. Egyptair is the nation’s flag carrier, and will strengthen the alliance’s network throughout Africa and the Middle East.The announcement at the Cairo International Airport marked the end of a nine month integration project in which the airline adapted its reservation, ticketing, frequent flyer and other customer-oriented programmes to work more closely with the infrastructure of the other members of the alliance.
As a major part of its increased role as a hub, the Cairo Airport Authority is completing work on a new terminal. When Terminal 3 opens this fall, it will be a dedicated Star Alliance terminal serving passengers of seven Star Alliance members. The new terminal will have a capacity to serve 11 million passengers annually.
About Star Alliance:
The members are Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, Egyptair, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Regional member carriers Adria Airways (Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines enhance the global network. Air India has been accepted as a future member. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers nearly 18,100 daily flights to 975 destinations in 162 countries.
Egyptair is the world-renowed national airline of Egypt, based in the cosmopolitan city of Cairo. In more than 75 years, Egyptair has experienced extraordinary growth, taken the lead to be the first airline in the Middle East and Africa and the seventh in the world to join IATA and become a treasured brand.
Egyptair operates more than 1,624 weekly flights to 69 cities in 44 countries carrying more than 6.8 million passengers a year. Currently, Egyptair has one of the most modern fleets with an average of eight years, which consist of 50 aircraft targeting to reach 75 aircraft by 2013.
In 2004, Egyptair demonstrated the scale of its commitment to the highest standards of safety by being the first IOSA certified airline in the Middle East and Africa.
SAS Group Corporate Communications