What 2014 Means for Star Alliance
The opening of a new year brings new opportunity to the world's three largest airline alliances. Some movement, along with a few new entrants in the major alliances will not only strengthen networks, but open up new destinations for using those hard-earned miles. Today, we have a look at what's happening with Star Alliance for 2014.
These next months will see the largest alliance experience a slew of fond adieus and welcomes. Like we mentioned last week when we talked about Oneworld, Star is set to say farewell to US Airways and TAM. The TAM move to Oneworld with merger buddy LAN creates a considerable hole in the Brazilian reach of the alliance, hence discussion of Avianca Brazil becoming an affiliate airline to the alliance.
Back in 2011, we thought Air India would be one of the first Indian airlines to join an alliance, but at the final stages, they decided to focus on their own operations before linking with a big alliance. Well, they're now back and ready to try again. If all goes to plan, the Indian flag-carrier will be Star Alliance by the summer travel season.
Even with two airlines exiting, Star Alliance is a beast of a group with 28 airlines on which to jaunt around the world. There, however, a few places on the planet travelers can't get to using the alliance (like the Seychelles), but all in all it remains extremely comprehensive even through 2014.
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