Air India Becomes a Member of Star Alliance

Airline is First Indian Carrier to Join a Global Network

By Jesse Sokolow on 11 July 2014
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Air India check-in desk in Chicago

Air India check-in desk in Chicago

Air India announced that it has officially joined Star Alliance.  The carrier adds over 40 new destinations in India to the airline alliance’s global network, as well as approximately 400 daily flights.

Members of Air India’s Flying Returns frequent flyer program are now able to earn and redeem miles on flights operated by any Star Alliance member airline, while members of other Star Alliance carriers’ frequent flyer programs can earn and redeem miles on Air India-operated flights.

In addition, Flying Returns members who have Maharajah Club or Golden Eagle Club status are automatically given Star Alliance Gold status, which allows access to the alliance’s executive airport lounges and special check-in counters, as well as increased baggage allowance and priority boarding services.

The carrier is the 27th member of the alliance, as well as the first Indian airline to become a part of any global alliance.

Air India is the national flag carrier of India, and was originally accepted as a future member of Star Alliance in 2007. The integration process was halted in July 2011 to allow the carrier to focus on its merger with Indian Airlines, but was restarted in December 2013.

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