NEW DELHI - Star Alliance, the world's leading alliance of airlines, has inducted Air India as its 27th member. The national carrier's membership will get activated from 11 July.
Air India may become the preferred airline of air passengers for international travel after its induction in Star Alliance as it ensures a number of benefits for them.
The Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Ashok Gajapathi Raju, said this is a new beginning for Air India. He expressed the hope that the airline will be "able to fly high after this."
In addition to having the benefit of code sharing with member airlines, the airline can also get the benefit of discounts on fuel at designated international airports.
Air India chairman and managing director Rohit Nandan said this will add to the connectivity for passengers as well as their comfort.
Star Alliance members fly to over 1300 destinations in 195 countries and every day over 21,900 flights are carried out by them.
The member airlines of Star Alliance together own a total of 4,338 aircraft and fly over 640 million passengers a year. Star Alliance members include major airlines like Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Air China, Air Canada, All Nippon Airways and Turkish Airlines.