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SAS welcomes Aegean Airlines into Star Alliance

June 30, 2010 11:30

SAS Scandinavian Airlines today welcomes the Greek airline Aegean Airlines into Star Alliance, of which SAS is a proud founding member. For SAS customers, this means greater and smoother access to the popular destinations within Aegean Airlines’ network and the ability to earn and spend EuroBonus points on all Aegean Airlines flights. Star Alliance now comprises 28 airlines offering 21,200 daily flights to 1,172 airports in 181 countries.“Greece is one of the most popular destinations for Scandinavian travelers, especially for holidays, so by having Aegean Airlines as a new Star Alliance partners, we can offer a wider range of destinations that we know are already popular amongst our customers. We fly from both Copenhagen and Stockholm to Athens nine times a week, so it is very convenient to connect with an Aegean Airlines flight from Athens,” says Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Scandinavian Airlines.

“Aegean Airlines brings a wealth of experience and an extensive domestic and international route network to the alliance family. For alliance members, Greece is an important travel market where Athens can be built into a major hub airport with growing connection traffic. It has already become an important player in the Southeast European area and we fully expect entry into Star Alliance will support its further development,” says Jaan Albrecht, CEO, Star Alliance.

Aegean Airlines began operations some 11 years ago and now operates a fleet of 30 aircraft covering a total of 54 domestic and international routes on more than 150 daily flights. Specifically, 26 routes in Greece are covered, as well as another 28 international routes. Since 2008, AEGEAN has become the largest Greek airline in terms of passengers.

About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller.  Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award, Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, bmi, Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Air India has been announced as a future member. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers over 21,200 daily flights to 1,172 airports in 181 countries.For more information, please contact:
Anders Lindström, PR Director, Scandinavian Airlines
+46 709 97 3394 or anders.lindstrom@sas.se (anders.lindstrom@sas.se)

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