Star Alliance History

The History of Star Alliance

Star Alliance created a new milestone for the airline industry with its founding on 14 May, 1997. As the first global airline alliance, linking five major airlines into a single network, it offered a completely new type of service to the international traveller.

Since then, the Alliance has expanded to 26 member airlines, who together offer a comprehensive network spanning 195 countries worldwide.

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Highlights:

 

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skytrax 2019_ history 590x443.jpg

2019

Best Airline Alliance for fourth consecutive year

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2018

Opening of Star Alliance Lounge at Rome Fiumicino Airport

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2017 Jeffrey Goh (2).jpeg

2017

Jeffrey Goh takes over from Mark Schwab as CEO of Star Alliance

  • May: Juneyao Airlines, based in Shanghai, becomes the first Connecting Partner of Star Alliance
  • May 14: On the occasion of its 20th Anniversary, Star Alliance celebrates 20 years of “connecting people and cultures”; Also, a new strategy of harnessing digital technology to further enhance the journey experience of Star Alliance customers comes into action
  • January: Jeffrey Goh takes over from Mark Schwab as CEO of Star Alliance; Air India moves to Heathrow Terminal 2, completing the relocation of all 24 Star Alliance airlines at Heathrow to the Queen’s Terminal
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Lounge GIG  2019_ history 590x443.jpg

2016

Opening of the sixth Star Alliance Lounge at Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) Airport

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2012 LHR.jpg

2015

Heathrow Terminal 2 named Airport of the Year

  • December: Star Alliance launches its Connecting Partner Model to expand network reach via low-cost, hybrid and regional airlines
  • July: Avianca Brasil (member until 2019) joins the Star Alliance network
  • February: Heathrow Terminal 2 - The Queen’s Terminal is named Airport of the Year at the Air Transport World Annual Awards
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Queens terminal 2.jpg

2014

Heathrow Terminal 2 – The Queen’s Terminal opens as the new home of Star Alliance at Heathrow Airport

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Lounge EZE_ history 590x443.jpg

2013

Opening of a Star Alliance lounge at Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport

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Counter_ history 590x443.jpg

2012

Star Alliance opens the first ever alliance-branded ticket counter at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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2011 Mark Schwab.jpeg

2011

Mark Schwab appointed as Star Alliance CEO

  • December: Mark Schwab is appointed as the CEO of Star Alliance, taking over from Jaan Albrecht; Ethiopian Airlines hosts the Star Alliance CEB meeting as the airline joins the Star Alliance Network
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2010 RTW.jpeg

2010

Star Alliance offers multiple fare products online

  • November: Star Alliance enhances its digital progress by being the only airline alliance to offer multiple fare products online - Round the World Fare and Star Alliance Circle Fares
  • June: Aegean Airlines joins the Star Alliance network
  • May: TAM (member until 2014) hosts the Star Alliance CEB meeting as the airline joins the Star Alliance network
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2009 Continental.jpg

2009

Continental Airlines and Brussels Airlines join Star Alliance network

  • December: Brussels Airlines hosts Star Alliance CEB Meeting as the airline joins the Star Alliance network
  • October: Continental Airlines (merged with United Airlines in 2010 ) joins the Star Alliance network

  • July: Star Alliance launches “Book and Fly”, the Alliance’s first ever booking engine on www.staralliance.com for Round the World fares
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2008 LHR lounge (2).jpg

2008

Apertura de una sala VIP de Star Alliance en el aeropuerto de Londres Heathrow

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2007 Air China (CA) joins (incl Angela Merkel).jpeg

2007

Air China and Shanghai Airlines join Star Alliance

  • December: Air China and Shanghai Airlines (member until 2010) jointly host the Star Alliance CEB meeting as both airlines join the Star Alliance network
  • July: Opening of the first Star Alliance lounge in North America in Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport
  • May: Star Alliance celebrates its tenth anniversary
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2006 Website .png

2006

Star Alliance launches its official website

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2005 Connection Service.jpg

2005

Opening of a Star Connection Centre in Munich

  • August: Opening of our Star Connection Centre in Munich
  • March: TAP Portugal joins the Star Alliance network
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2004 Croatia(1).jpeg

2004

Four members joining Star Alliance network- US Airways, Blue 1, Adria and Croatia Airlines

  • November: Blue1 (member until 2015) joins as the first regional member of Star Alliance, followed by Adria Airways (member until 2019) and Croatia Airlines
  • May: US Airways (member until 2014) joins the Star Alliance network
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2003 Asiana joins.jpeg

2003

Spanair, Asiana and LOT Polish Airlines join Star Alliance network

  • October: LOT Polish Airlines joins the Star Alliance network
  • May: Spanair (member until 2012) joins the Star Alliance network
  • March: Asiana Airlines joins the Star Alliance network
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2002 5 year anniversary (LH version)(1).jpeg

2002

Star Alliance celebrates its fifth anniversary

  • November: Star Alliance is voted Best Airline Alliance in U.S. Business Traveler magazine poll, earning the Alliance its first award
  • May: To mark its fifth anniversary, Star Alliance celebrates with all 14 member airlines at Frankfurt Airport
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2001 ZRH lounge (2)(1).jpeg

2001

First Star Alliance lounge opens at Zurich Airport

  • August: The very first Star Alliance branded lounge officially opens at Zurich Airport
  • May: Star Alliance announces the appointment of Jaan Albrecht as CEO, effective 01 June
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Star Office history 590x443.jpeg

2000

Star Alliance opens a business centre in Frankfurt

  • November: Appointment of Friedel Rödig as CEO of Star Alliance
  • August: Star Alliance opens a business centre in Frankfurt
  • July: British Midland (member until 2012) and Mexicana Airlines (member until 2004) become Star Alliance members
  • April: Singapore Airlines joins the Star Alliance network
  • March: The Austrian Airlines Group, comprising Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air (merged with Austrian in 2013) and Tyrolean Airways (merged with Austrian in 2015), join the Star Alliance network
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ANA joins Star history 590c443.jpeg

1999

ANA, Ansett Australia and Air New Zealand join Star Alliance network

  • October: ANA joins the Star Alliance network
  • March: Ansett Australia (member until 2001) and Air New Zealand join the Star Alliance network

1998

The First Country Sales Committees are established

  • Establishment of the First Country Sales Committees, now known as Country Steering Councils
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1997

May 14, launch of Star Alliance network

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