SAA has to be one of them unless that is a separate announcement. I read in this months Hemispheres that they are announcing the application to join in June? Is that correct?
As a constant star flyer, I am only excited about SAA joining. Star has their bases covered in Asia with Asiana, ANA, Singapore, and in Europe with BMI
Austrian Spainair SAS LOT and LH
. Africa is the one place that star is not very present in. The addition of SAA would open up many more destinations.
As far as a regional European carrier, how many more destinations is it going to really add? Every decent sized city from Amsterdam to Zurich is already served by Star, how much competition at each airport do we need?
I would hope star would focus more on extending the actual alliance relationship between carriers (so I can upgrade with UA
miles on SQ
, etc) rather than tack on a hole host of extra members that in large part serve the same cities.
I would expect a small increase in cities served with a large increase in flights per day from the addition of whatever new members they may be.