"Former Star Alliance member Ansett Airlines also left gaps in the network's coverage, a problem the group hopes to address.
"The demise of Ansett has created a vacuum," said Cheong of Singapore Airlines. "We are seeking a solution, but we don't want to do Qantas (Australia:QAN.AX - News) a favour by announcing publicly our plan."
Qantas, Australia's largest airline, is a founding member of Oneworld, and has expressed an interest in buying a stake in Star Alliance member Air New Zealand (NZSE:AIR.NZ - News).
Air New Zealand chief executive Ralph Norris said on Saturday any deal with Qantas -- a move which analysts say could force it out of Star Alliance -- was still "a long way off".
The remaining Australian player that Star Alliance could team up with would be low-cost airline Virgin Blue, which holds a 15 percent stake in the Australian market versus Qantas' 85 percent. "
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