The Chief Executive Board of Star Alliance has agreed to extend Avianca’s membership of the alliance to include its partner Avianca Brazil. The unanimous decision marks the first step in Star Alliance’s strategy to secure its position in the Brazilian market following current member airline TAM’s decision to leave the Alliance as a consequence of its merger with LAN.
The new Star Alliance Lounge located at Los Angeles International Airport officially opens its doors earlier, welcoming all First, Business and Star Alliance Gold Card passengers departing on Star Alliance member airlines from the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The new premium customer facility offers space for around 400 Business Class and Star Alliance Gold passengers, including an exclusive area for First Class passengers.
EVA Air has joined the Star Alliance network, further strengthening its presence in Asia/Pacific. At the official joining ceremony, held at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Mark Schwab, chief executive, Star Alliance said: “EVA Air has successfully completed all joining requirements and I can confirm that our Chief Executive Board has now unanimously accepted EVA Air into our Alliance.”
Star Alliance has expanded its mobile device offer by introducing the customised Navigator app for the iPad. The new app complements the existing iPhone app and is a continuation of the Alliance’s strategy of providing easy mobile access to its products and services.
Star Alliance has prised an announcement by Heathrow Airport to designate Terminal 2 as the new home for its member carriers serving one of the world’s most important international airports. “We are delighted by today’s decision, which gives the green light for creating a new travel experience for our customers and allows our members airlines to operate an efficient hub in London,” said Mark Schwab, chief executive, Star Alliance.
Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada, has been elected as the new Chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB). He succeeds Rob Fyfe, CEO Air New Zealand, who held the post for the last two years.
Shenzhen Airlines has become the latest carrier to join the Star Alliance network. At a ceremony held at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Mark Schwab, chief executive of Star Alliance, welcomed the airline into the family on behalf on the chief executive board.
Star Alliance member carrier Air New Zealand has been selected to design and manage the Alliance’s new lounge at Los Angeles International Airport. The creation of this facility has been made possible by the US$ 1.7 billion redevelopment and make-over of the Tom Bradley International Terminal which has been commissioned by Los Angeles Worldwide Airports.
Star Alliance has welcomed Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines as members, thereby cementing its presence in Latin America and adding close to 50 new airports to the network. The development means passengers will now be able to connect seamlessly through the Copa Airlines hubs in Panama City (Panama) and Bogota (Colombia) and the Avianca, TACA Airlines hubs in Bogota (Colombia), San Salvador (El Salvador), Lima (Peru) and San Jose (Costa Rica).
Some 15 years ago today an event took place which would forever change the landscape of commercial aviation. Five forward looking and like-minded chief executives took the bold decision to create the first ever multilateral airline alliance, the Star Alliance network.
Lufthansa Systems today announced that Star Alliance has recently extended the contract for operating the global Star Data Network by another five years. This decision underscores the trust Star Alliance places in Lufthansa Systems’ managed WAN solution. Star Data Network connects the member carriers’ IT systems, guaranteeing the nonstop exchange of data between 26 international airlines.