Press Release 2011, Other

FRANKFURT, GERMANY- April 18th, 2011

GO ISLAND HOPPING ACROSS THE PACIFIC WITH THE STAR ALLIANCE MICRONESIA AIRPASS

Frankfurt, GERMANY — April 18th, 2011 — Star Alliance, the way the Earth connects, has added a further fare product for customers to explore additional islands in the Pacific Ocean. With the Micronesia Airpass, passengers can purchase up to 10 flights on the Continental Airlines and United network across Micronesia, all in a single ticket at an attractive price. Travel on the Micronesia Airpass can commence from any Star Alliance destination in Japan, as well as from Cairns, Guam, Hong Kong, Manila, Nadi, Palau or Saipan and is available only in conjunction with an international Star Alliance flight into any of these destinations.

Micronesia consists of more than 2000 islands scattered across the North Pacific and is an ideal location for many types of water sports, such as scuba diving, surfing, kayaking or fishing. Star Alliance member carriers Continental Airlines and United offer the most comprehensive airline network in Micronesia. In addition to Guam, customers can choose to travel to: Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia; Kwajalein Atoll and Majuro in the Marshall Islands; Rota and Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands as well as Palau.

Christopher Korenke, Vice President Commercial, Star Alliance said: “The Micronesia Airpass again demonstrates the benefits only an airline alliance can provide. Travellers visiting Micronesia in the past had limited choice of air travel and had to purchase separate tickets on different airlines to get to this part of the world. Through the Star Alliance network, passengers can now travel on any of the member carriers serving the designated gateways and connect to the Continental Airlines and United network in Micronesia, all at excellent value for money.”

Fares are set according to booking class and distance travelled, starting at US$ 75* for flights up to 150 miles and rising to US$ 375* for flights covering between 2001 and 2250 miles. Itineraries can cover economy class travel of up to three months, must comprise at least three flights and need to include at least two 24 hour stops at different destinations.

Customers interested in purchasing a Micronesia Airpass should contact any Star Alliance member carrier or their travel agent. Further information can also be found on www.staralliance.com

In addition to the Micronesia Airpass, customers can travel to further destinations in and around the Pacific using either the Star Alliance Round-the-World fare, the Circle Pacific Fare, the Asia Airpass or the South Pacific Airpass. In total, Star Alliance now offers 15 different fare products world-wide.

* taxes, fees and surcharges not included

Overview of Star Alliance Micronesia Airpass Fare levels:

MILEAGE ZONE MIN MILES MAX MILES ECONOMY BOOKING CLASS V FARE IN US$* ECONOMY BOOKING CLASS Q FARE IN US$*
1
0
150
75
100
2
151
250
100
125
3
251
500
125
150
4
501
750
175
225
5
751
1000
200
250
6
1001
1250
225
275
7
1251
1500
250
300
8
1501
1750
275
325
9
1751
2000
300
350
10
2001
2250
325
375

Sample itinerary:

From To
Price in US$
Tokyo Guam
275
Guam Yap
175
Yap Chuuk via Guam
300
Chuuk Saipan via Guam
250
Saipan Tokyo via Guam
300
Taxes, fees, surcharges#
333
Total price
1,733

# taxes, fees, surcharges correct as of April 2011 for point of sale Tokyo

About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award, Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, bmi, Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Air India, Avianca-TACA, Copa Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines have been announced as future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers 21,000 daily flights to 1,160 airports in 181 countries.

  • Adria Airways
  • Aegean Airlines
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air New Zealand
  • ANA
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Austrian
  • avianca
  • Brussels Airlines
  • copa Airlines
  • Croatia Airlines
  • EGYPTAIR
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • EVA Air
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Shenzhen Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • SWISS
  • TAP Portugal
  • THAI
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United