Star Alliance today announced that US Airways will become a full member
effective May 4, 2004, further enhancing US Airways’ and Star Alliance’s
global reach and expanding the breath of service available to customers.
US Airways, the seventh-largest airline in the U.S, offers nearly 3,300
daily non-stop flights to 187 destinations in the U.S Caribbean, Latin
America, Europe, Canada and Mexico. Once it joins, the Star Alliance
network will comprise 14,000 flights per day to 755 destinations in 132
countries across the globe, in addition to 575 airport lounges
With US Airways as part of Star Alliance, its frequent fliers will now
be able to accrue and redeem miles on any of the 15 member airlines and
will be eligible to achieve Star Alliance Silver or Star Alliance Gold
status. US Airways Dividend Miles Chairman’s Preferred and Gold
Preferred members automatically become Star Gold members, and Silver
Preferred members will be recognized as Star Silver members.
As a member of Star Alliance, US Airways also will have the opportunity
to participate in a wide range of cost saving initiatives, such as fuel
purchasing and media procurement, with other member carriers.
Star Alliance was established in 1997 as the first global airline
alliance. The members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana
Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian
Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Spanair, Thai Airways International,
United, and VARIG Brazilian Airlines.