mercure1 wrote:Thai Airways subsidiary Thai Smile will become Star Alliance’s second connecting partner by the end of the year, joining Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines.
Thai Smile’s induction comes as the alliance has been looking to tweak its connecting partner model.“We took some time since the model was rolled out, to understand more clearly what is the audience of this model, what is the content of the model, and what is the problem we are trying to solve,” Goh says.
Connecting partners only need to have commercial agreements — like interline or codeshare agreements — with at least three member carriers. The connecting partner model was established in 2016 to complement its membership model.
https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... er-458617/
Will be interesting to see if LCC partners of major members like Scott, Eurowings, Peach, etc, will also join as Connecting Partner.
kriskim wrote:WE is not a LCC but a 'lower cost' (emphasis on lower) operation compared to parent TG - it is a FSC in the traditional sense where luggage and meals are included.
onwFan wrote:Doesn't *A have offer affiliate membership type? I thought Thai Smile might become an affiliate member of TG... Or does that come with more cost?
SCFlyer wrote:With the withdrawal of Tigerair Australia from the Value Alliance, along with Jeju Air's owners looking at bidding for a stake in Asiana, one has to wonder or suggest whether Star Alliance may talk to the Value Alliance about absorbing the entire Value Alliance under the Star Alliance Connecting Partners Program.
Basically all of the current Value Alliance airline except for Cebu Air has links to Star Alliance full members, either through being wholly owned subisidiary (e.g Scoot being owned by SQ) or partly owned by Star members (e.g TG having a stake in NokAir).
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