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Star Alliance Welcomes SAA (South African Airways)  
User currently offlineEddieho From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 229 posts, RR: 3
Posted (10 years 5 months 8 hours ago) and read 3773 times:

It's official - SAA will be joining Star Alliance. They gonna make the official announcement in June.

It's published on Star Alliance's website: http://www.staralliance.com/

Heres an extract:

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.


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User currently offlineAirbusfanYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2002, 1433 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 3667 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.

Cheers,
Kaz




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User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 7 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

With so many rumours about possible new members in all 3 alliances, it's hard sometimes to separate between fact and fiction. Good that it's all in black & white now.

User currently offlineMotorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3139 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 3549 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!



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months ago) and read 3371 times:
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That's a bit premature, I have seen an email from the CEO of SAA dated yesterday where he states that SAA have APPLIED to join Star, and Lufthansa will be sponsoring the application.

It ain't official till it's signed!



After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

Andz - possibly its not all signed, but its not likely Star is going to tell SAA to go away, is it ? I think we can take it as read that the "application" will be approved.

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3197 times:
Support Airliners.net - become a First Class Member!

Slightly off the topic maybe.....have any airlines switched allegiances since the big alliances were formed?


After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineBustaphil From Austria, joined Nov 2003, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3153 times:

dear andz!

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!

regards



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User currently offlineAlitaliaORD From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

Andz,
Mexicana recently dropped the Star Alliance for One World or maybe just a codeshare w/ American/Iberia.



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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7561 posts, RR: 43
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2951 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).


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