FRANKFURT — March 4, 2004 — Star Alliance™, the airline network for Earth, today welcomed South African Airways' decision to pursue membership in Star Alliance.
"We are always interested in adding quality airlines to our alliance, particularly those which already have long-standing and successful relationships with our member carriers," said Jaan Albrecht, CEO, Star Alliance. "South African Airways is the most prestigious carrier in Africa and will significantly enhance our network across the continent and beyond. It's good for customers, good for South African Airways and it's good for Star Alliance."
Albrecht said Star Alliance member carriers will be looking forward to making an official announcement at the next Star Alliance Chief Executive Board meeting in June.
AirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1411 posts, RR: 27 Reply 1, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3067 times:
hmmm, this must have been why I have heard so many rumours the last few months about SAA coming to YYZ. Lets hope they actually fly it instead of codeshare on a new AC flt, it would be nice to have them in Toronto for the yyzspotters.
Motorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 2984 posts, RR: 9 Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2949 times:
Well that's fantastic news for Star Alliance members in New Zealand.
Hopefully NZ will codeshare with them via Australia and give QF stronger competition. And maybe some better priced packages to Africa are in the pipeline?!
And how about an Australian domestic start-up funded by Star member airlines, particularly the ones that fly to Australia - South African, Air New Zealand, United, Air Canada, Asiana, Singapore, Thai, Austrian, Lufthansa - and resurrect Ansett!
Bustaphil From Austria, joined Nov 2003, 120 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2553 times:
to my knowledge there has been so far one case, where an airline switched alliances! this case was when AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (in 2000) turned its back on Swiss Air dominated Qualiflyer group, exited the group and joined the Star-Alliance.
btw. Swiss Intl. is joining 1-world, but I'm not sure if this should be compared!
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7431 posts, RR: 44 Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2351 times:
Don't expect MX to become a oneworld member. At least not in the short term. So far, MX has only entered into codeshare agreements with AA and IB but has expressed its commitment to continue its codeshares with LH, RG and AC (the LH agreement was extended for a number of years just a few days ago).