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FRANKFURT, Germany, April 20, 2012

BMI FORMALLY LEAVES STAR ALLIANCE Alliance Customer Benefits Remain in Place until 31 May 2012

FRANKFURT,Germany - April 20th, 2012 - With today’s change of ownership from Lufthansa to the International Airlines Group (IAG), bmi has formally exited the Star Alliance network .

In preparation for this bmi, Lufthansa and Star Alliance have been working together in order to ensure a smooth withdrawal. Therefore, bmi can continue to offer all Star Alliance customer benefits and bmi Diamond Club members receive all of the Alliance privileges associated with their membership until 31 May 2012 inclusive. These include earning and redeeming miles on the Star Alliance network. However, since the bilateral Frequent Flyer agreement between the Star Alliance members participating in Lufthansa Miles and More and bmi has already been terminated, collection and redemption are no longer granted for these airlines.

In all other cases, Star Alliance Gold and Silver benefits will continue to be offered until the end of May. These include:

Priority Check-In 
Lounge Access
Priority Baggage Tags
Increased Baggage Allowance
Priority Waitlist#
Priority Airport Standby#

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 recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, 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, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. The integration of Avianca Brasil is currently in progress. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 destinations in 193 countries.