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Frankfurt, Germany, December 10, 2020

Scott Kirby Elected New Chairman of Star Alliance Chief Executive Board United Airlines CEO succeeds Copa CEO Pedro Heilbron

Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines, has been elected as the new Chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB). He succeeds Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Holdings and of Copa Airlines, who held the post for the last four years.

Speaking on behalf of all Star Alliance CEOs, Kirby said: “I would like to thank Pedro for his dedication to the role of CEB Chairman during his four-year tenure. His leadership marked an important time in Alliance history as we accelerated digital innovation and continued to transform the customer experience.”


Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines

Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines

In his role as CEB Chairman, Kirby will conduct the two annual board meetings and act as the designated spokesperson for the board.

Reflecting on his tenure, Heilbron commented: "It was an honour for me to lead the board at a time of challenging market conditions for the entire airline industry. Scott’s standing as CEO of our largest member airline, and an acknowledged industry leader, make him an excellent choice to lead the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board during the most challenging times for our industry."

Kirby said: “I am looking forward to working with the board over the next two years in continuing our groundbreaking work in delivering the leading airline alliance customer proposition by focusing on seamless travel experiences and superior loyalty benefits.”

All 26 member airlines are represented by their respective CEO on the CEB, which acts as the controlling body of the Alliance and provides the overall strategic direction.

About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance , based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey. The member airlines are: 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 Air Portugal, THAI, Turkish Airlines and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 12,000 daily flights to almost 1,300 airports in 197 countries. Further connecting flights are offered by Star Alliance Connecting Partners Juneyao Airlines and THAI Smile Airways.


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