US AIRWAYS TO EXIT STAR ALLIANCE ON MARCH 30th, 2014 Star Alliance Remains Strongest Alliance in North America
Star Alliance member US Airways announced today that it will leave Star Alliance on March 30th, 2014, an expected result of its merger with American Airlines.
"US Airways has been a Star Alliance member for nearly 10 years and has during that time played its role in growing the Alliance’s presence, particularly across the North Atlantic and within North America," Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab said. "The airline is leaving us due to its merger which represents a healthy consolidation within the United States. While we are sorry to lose US Airways, we recognize that such developments are good for the industry as a whole. Star Alliance remains the strongest alliance in North America mainly through its founding members Air Canada and United, who by their own mergers have expanded our network and customer offer."
An orderly transition has been agreed between US Airways and the other Star Alliance member carriers. Up until March 30 it will be business as usual for all US Airways customers travelling on other Star Alliance member airlines and vice versa. All Star Alliance customer benefits will continue to be offered until this time. These include, among others, collecting and redeeming miles, travel using the Star Alliance fare products, such as the North American Airpass or Round the World Ticket as well as all Star Alliance Gold and Silver Status benefits.
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 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, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries.