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Thai Smile joining Star Alliance as Connecting Partner

Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:51 am

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/

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Will be interesting to see if LCC partners of major members like Scott, Eurowings, Peach, etc, will also join as Connecting Partner.
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Re: Thai Smile joining Star Alliance as Connecting Partner

Sun Jun 02, 2019 3:23 am

Yes maybe LCCs joining will be next wave of alliance memberships
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Re: Thai Smile joining Star Alliance as Connecting Partner

Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:17 pm

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/

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Will be interesting to see if LCC partners of major members like Scott, Eurowings, Peach, etc, will also join as Connecting Partner.


Scoot is one of the founders of the Value Alliance. Can't see them joining *A as a connecting partner.
 
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Re: Thai Smile joining Star Alliance as Connecting Partner

Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:31 pm

Scoot will do whatever papa SIA says.

If SIA sees overall benefits from TZ formally becoming more aligned with peers and ease connectivity then it can join.
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Re: Thai Smile joining Star Alliance as Connecting Partner

Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:04 am

Its an interesting situation these mainline owned hybrids find themselves when in many ways they are integral parts of their parents networks, yet outside of any alliance relationships.
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Re: Thai Smile joining Star Alliance as Connecting Partner

Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:30 am

Flew WE last April on HKG-HKT. Strangely enough you get a meal and 30kg baggage allowance (multiple pieces was acceptable).
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Re: Thai Smile joining Star Alliance as Connecting Partner

Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:14 pm

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.
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Re: Thai Smile joining Star Alliance as Connecting Partner

Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:21 pm

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.

Business model wise, they are Asia's version of Sun Country Airlines; they can't decide if they want to be LCC or FSC.
 
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Re: Thai Smile joining Star Alliance as Connecting Partner

Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:14 pm

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?
 
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Re: Thai Smile joining Star Alliance as Connecting Partner

Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:38 am

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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Re: Thai Smile joining Star Alliance as Connecting Partner

Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:32 am

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?


No, *A doesn't have a secondary membership type like oneworld. The likes of United Express, Air Canada Rouge, Air Japan are all operating under the wings of their respective parents using the same parent IATA codes. For those that have their own codes, eg, WE, MI, EW, OA, etc, they are not part of the alliance. It is these airlines that the connecting partner model is catered for.

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).


They are two very different alliances. Value Alliance serves more as a travel agent that brings cross airline itineraries together. There is nothing to absorb. To join the *A connecting partner model, one needs to sign up with at least 3 full *A members based on their home market. Value cannot make decisions on their behalf.

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