Aviationwiz From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 963 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3350 times:
I'm not sure how much closer they are to joining Star Alliance, but when I was looking at WLG-SYD-JNB airfares, a UA flight came up in the list of flights to take, it was UA9553, a NZ operated WLG-SYD flight.
I also looked up JNB-ORD, and it came up with US & UA flights from JFK.
Does anyone know when they will formally be in Star Alliance, because it appears to be pretty close at hand.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 68
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3286 times:
Did you check the permitted routings of these fares? Perhaps they were only permitted on routes operated by Star Alliance members... or they've already included SAA because there's simply no reasonable other way to fly that route, even though SA isn't a member yet.
Quoting Aviationwiz (Thread starter): but when I was looking at WLG-SYD-JNB airfares, a SA)">UA flight came up in the list of flights to take, it was UA9553, a NZ operated WLG-SYD flight.
But we already know that NZ is a Star Alliance member - so a United flight operated by NZ isn't really a surprise...
They might have better timings or better connections due to usage of the same or closer terminals...
I'm not saying these things aren't a part of SA joining Star, I just wouldn't put more emphasis on them than they deserve - even knowing of these points, I'd say it could easily be 6-12 months before they are officially a member.