Today marks the fifth anniversary of the formation of the Star Alliance - the world`s first truly global airline alliance formed in 1997, with Air New Zealand joining in March 1999.
Air New Zealand Managing Director & CEO, Ralph Norris reconfirmed the importance of the Star Alliance to Air New Zealand: “Our membership in the Star Alliance connects New Zealand to the world - and the world to New Zealand,” he said.
“Strategic relationships with our Star partners have positioned Air New Zealand globally - our network, which is particularly strong in this part of the world, is linked to the route networks of our Star partners, enabling Air New Zealand to benefit from their strong position in other regions of the globe.”
Combining Air New Zealand`s network with the Star Alliance route network , provides Air New Zealand`s customers access to some 730 airports in 124 countries.
“This provides huge advantages for our customers as it allows us to offer global access through co-ordinated flights on any Star Alliance carrier, with the assurance that customers will receive the same high levels of service and the convenience of shared facilities,” said Mr Norris.
To celebrate the Star Alliance fifth anniversary, members of Air New Zealand`s Frequent Flyer programme will be offered a `birthday present.` These customers will earn up to 55,555 bonus miles by flying five different Star Alliance carriers over a given time period. The offer will be open for 55 days from June 14, for all travel booked in First or Business Class.
Star Alliance is made up of 14 of the world`s greatest airlines - Air Canada, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways - ANA, Austrian Airlines, bmi british midland, Lauda Air, Lufthansa German Airlines, Mexicana Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, Tyrolean Airways, United Airlines, and VARIG Brazilian Airlines.
With 11,000 daily flights, a Star Alliance aircraft takes off or lands somewhere in the world every four seconds.