The History of Star Alliance

February 2018

Star Alliance launched a Digital Services Platform (DSP) as a first step to an overall enhancement of digital and mobile services

January 2018

bannerq3signpost.jpgStar Alliance enhances Round The World fare product; globetrotting with just two stopovers is now possible

December 2017

Star Alliance, Air China and Beijing Capital International Airport agree joint cooperation to further establish Beijing Capital International Airport as a leading hub and transfer airport

Star Alliance partners with Plug and Play to access latest innovations from Silicon Valley

November 2017

Star Alliance and Heathrow Airport further enhance customer experience at Heathrow Terminal 2; passengers connecting through Terminal 2B now benefit from a faster transfer experience

October 2017

Star Alliance announces the 21 winners of its 20th anniversary mileage millionaire competition

September 2017

Star Alliance launches "Connection Service" at Chicago O'Hare

June 2017

Star Alliance awarded Best Alliance Award by Skytrax and Star Alliance lounge in Los Angeles’ Tom Bradley International Terminal awarded Best Alliance Lounge by Skytrax

May 2017

Star Alliance member airline employees in Uniform – Celebrating Star Alliance’s 20th anniversary

Star Alliance’s 20th Anniversary on May 14, 2017; celebrating 20 years of “Connecting People and Cultures”

“Become a Mileage Millionaire” competition launched. The 21 Star Alliance Frequent Flyer Programmes each offer one million miles or equivalent as prize

Joint media campaign to promote cultural experiences launched with National Geographic and Wall Street Journal

Juneyao Airlines, based in Shanghai, becomes first Connecting Partner of Star Alliance

January 2017

Jeffrey Goh takes over from Mark Schwab as CEO Star Alliance

Air India moves to Heathrow Terminal 2, completing the relocation of all 24 Star Alliance airlines at Heathrow to the Queen’s Terminal

December 2016Top Star Alliance executives join in wecoming Copa Airlines as the latest member of Star Alliance. (L-R Pedro Heilbronn, CEO Copa Airlines; Mark Schwab CEO Star Alliance; Jeff Smisek, CEO United; Stefan Lauer, Lufthansa Board Member)
Pedro Heilbron, CEO of Copa Airlines, elected as new Chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board

Star Alliance opens new lounge at Rio de Janeiro (Galeão) Airport. It is the sixth Alliance branded lounge in the network

November 2016
Star Alliance Gold Track launched in Frankfurt, Star Alliance's busiest hub

October 2016
Juneyao Airlines announced as future Connecting Partner of Star Alliance
seal partnership

August 20162016 Skytrax Awards logo
Star Alliance adds themed itineraries to its Round the World product portfolio

July 2016
Star Alliance Los Angeles lounge wins Skytrax Award for second year running.
Star Alliance takes 'Best Alliance' title at Skytrax World Airline Awards.

June 2016
New self-service check-in processes launched in Tokyo-Narita.
Star Alliance announces Jeffrey Goh will take over as Star Alliance CEO from 2017,on the retirement of Mark Schwab.
Swiss hosts Star Alliance Chief Executive Board meeting in Zurich. The CEOs arrive on the first passenger flight of the Bombardier C Series.

April 2016
Star Alliance: Global travel solutions for conventions and meetings at IMEX.

March 2016
Star Alliance invites lounge guests to share tips via #irecommend.

February 2016
Star Alliance airlines launch new check-in processes at Los Angeles' Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).
Star Alliance Gold Card holders enjoy free upgrades on Heathrow Express trains.
Star Alliance supports Ramsar's Youth Photo Contest – Alliance's Biosphere Connections initiative now in its ninth year.

January 2016
Gold Track priority at security added as a Star Alliance Gold Status benefit

December 2015
Star Alliance launches Connecting Partner Model to expand network reach via low-cost and hybrid airlines.
Founding member United hosts Star Alliance Chief Executive Board Meeting in Chicago.

November 2015
Star Alliance launches fresh look for its website.

August 2015
Star Alliance voted Best Airline Alliance by readers of Frequent Business Traveller.
Star Alliance named Best Airline Alliance at Australian Business Traveller Awards.

July 2015
Avianca in Brazil joins Star Alliance.

February 2015
Heathrow Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal named Airport of the Year at Air Transport World Annual Awards.

Star Alliance CEOs celebrate as Air India joins Star Alliance. EGYPTAIR CEO Sameh El Hefny, Turkish Airlines CEO Temel Kotil, Singapore Airlines CEO Choon Phong Goh, Air India CMD Rohit Nandan, Austrian Airlines CEO Jaan Albrecht and Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab.

December 2014

Air India hosts first Star Alliance Chief Executive Board Meeting in India

July 2014

Air India joins Star Alliance Star Alliance officially opens new lounge at Sao Paulo – Guarulhos Airport Terminal 3

Austrian CEO Jaan Albrecht (left), Air India CMD Rohit Nandan (centre) and Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab (right).

June 2014

New Heathrow Terminal 2 starts operations

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II formally opens Heathrow Terminal 2: The Queen's Terminal

Star Alliance Chief Executive Board approves Air India membership

May 2014

Star Alliance welcomes customers to newly refurbished lounge at Paris Charles-De-Gaulle Airport

The Star Alliance network expands its offer to globetrotters through the introduction of four additional Round the World (RTW) fare levels

Star Alliance enhances Conventions Plus and showcases its conventions and meetings travel products at IMEX

March 2014

TAM Airlines and US Airways leave Star Alliance

Star Alliance offers Gold Status to its most loyal TAM Airlines customers

February 2014

Star Alliance Lounge at Paris Charles-De-Gaulle Airport to undergo major refurbishment

Star Alliance wins Best Alliance Award at Business Traveler USA

Star Alliance Navigator App goes Android

Heathrow Terminal 2/ The Queen's Terminal named Airport of the Year at Air Transport World Annual Awards

December 2013

Star Alliance maintains presence in Brazil through Avianca Brazil

Star Alliance and Air India recommence integration process

Star Alliance Member Chief Executives determine strategy for 2014

November 2013

Star Alliance Gold Game: The Star Alliance network offers customers the chance to win Star Alliance Gold Status in any of the participating member airlines' Frequent Flyer Programmes (FFP).

Uniformed staff of the member airlines operating out of Tom Bradley International Terminal LAX, standing in from of the new Star Alliance Lounge

September 2013

Star Alliance opens new Los Angeles lounge

July 2013

Star Alliance navigator iPad App wins Red Dot

Star Alliance voted best airline alliance by readers of Frequent Business Traveler

June 2013

Star Alliance releases first official images of new Los Angeles lounge

Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab (left) and EVA Air President Austin Cheng (right) exchange the gift of a Star Alliance liveried EVA Air model aircraft.

Eva Air joins the Star Alliance network

Star Alliance's home in Heathrow to be named in honor of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II

Star Alliance: 365 days to go until we move into our new home at Heathrow

May 2013

Star Alliance launches Navigator iPad App

March 2013

Start Alliance receives Best Alliance Award from Air Transport News

February 2013

Star Alliance introduces enhanced Asia Airpass

Star Alliance opens new lounge at Buenos Aires Ezeiza "Ministro Pistarini" international airport

December 2012

Heathrow Terminal 2 is named the new home of Star Alliance at this major airport

November 2012

Calin Rovinescu elected as new chairman of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board

Blue 1 formally leaves Star Alliance following its integration into Star Alliance member Scandinavian Airlines

Shenzhen Airlines joins Star Alliance

October 2012

Star Alliance again voted Best Airline Alliance at Business Traveller Awards

September 2012

Argentinian wins Star Alliance 15th Anniversary Competition and will say “Hola" to the Munich Oktoberfest with 14 friends

July 2012

Star Alliance builds new lounge at Los Angeles' upgraded Tom Bradley International Terminal

Star Alliance takes best alliance title at Skytrax World Airline Awards for the sixth time

June 2012

Avianca, Taca Airlines and Copa Airlines join Star Alliance

May 2012

Star Alliance showcases its conventions and meetings travel products at IMEX

As part of its 15th Anniversary celebrations, the Star Alliance network offers a 15 per cent discount on all Round the World (RTW) Economy Class fares

Star Alliance CEO's question time on Facebook

April 2012

BMI formally leaves Star Alliance

Star Alliance opens first ever Alliance branded ticket counter at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

March 2012

EVA Air accepted as future Star Alliance member

February 2012

Several Star Alliance member carriers launch a Frequent Flyer Status Match for former Spanair Frequent Flyer Gold and Silver Card holders

January 2012

Star Alliance Conventions Plus becomes first ever alliance convention product to offer an online booking function

Picture Your Upgrade Competition launched using Facebook

The new United brand replaces Continental and United on the Star Alliance logo stack

Spanair ceases operation and leaves Star Alliance

December 2011

The Star Alliance Network and Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) hold first joint completion using Facebook

Ethiopian Airlines joins Star Alliance

Mark Schwab appointed new Star Alliance CEO

Star Alliance and ARINC complete common bag drop trial at Tokyo-Narita

October 2011

Star Alliance selects B/E Aerospace to supply long-haul economy class seats, which are first presented to the public in December 2011

Star Alliance again voted best airline alliance at Business Traveler Awards

August 2011

Star Alliance launches Farefinder App for mobile devices

Star Alliance CEO Jaan Albrecht nominated to lead Austrian Airlines

July 2011

Star Alliance regains best alliance title at Skytrax World Airline Awards

Shenzhen Airlines accepted as future Star Alliance Member carrier

Star Alliance goes mobile with iPhone App

Star Alliance and Air India put Air India's Alliance membership application on hold

April 2011

Micronesia Airpass becomes a further fare product for customers and offers travel on up to 10 flights on the United network across Micronesia

March 2011

Launch of a German language version of Star Alliance's “Book and Fly" tool on

Star Alliance launches brand campaign on Biosphere Connection

February 2011

Launch of an online interactive online quiz for the members of any of the Alliance's Frequent Flyer Programmes (FFP) to promote the addition of three airlines to the Upgrade Awards product

January 2011

All Americas-based member carriers now participating in Star Alliance Upgrade Awards programme

November 2010

Avianca-TACA and Copa Airlines to join Star Alliance, will expand the alliance's presence in Latin America

Only aviation alliance to offer multiple fare products - Round the World Fare and All Star Alliance Circle Fares online

October 2010

Shanghai Airlines and Star Alliance agree separation as a result of its recent merger with China Eastern

Star Alliance member carriers collocate at Haneda Airport's new International Terminal

September 2010

Ethiopian Airlines is accepted as future Star Alliance member carrier

August 2010

Launch of Star Alliance Brazil Airpass offers travel to 45 domestic TAM destinations

July 2010

Star Alliance carriers move under one roof in the new Terminal 3 at New Delhi International Airport

June 2010

Aegean Airlines joins Star Alliance

May 2010

TAM joins Star Alliance

April 2010

“Book and Fly" online booking tool is now available in Japanese

December 2009

Brussels Airlines joins Star Alliance

Meetings Plus product for meetings travel launched

October 2009

Continental Airlines joins Star Alliance

September 2009

Star Alliance redesigns website

Circle North Asia Fare launched

August 2009

Star Alliance develops Common IT Mobile Platform

July 2009

Star Alliance launches “Book and Fly", the alliance's first ever booking engine on for Round-the-World fares

June 2009

Star Alliance carriers move under one roof in Terminal 1 at London Heathrow Airport

First alliance to move and operate at Terminal 1 at Barcelona El Prat Airport

April 2009

Air China and Shanghai Airlines offer Star Alliance Upgrade Awards

February 2009

Launch of Middle East Airpass

December 2008

Opening of lounge at Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal 1, the largest of its kind at the terminal

October 2008

Launches new branding campaign

September 2008

Turkish Airlines participates in Star Alliance Upgrade Awards

August 2008

Star Alliance launches industry first, Auto Document Check which simplifies and verifies travel documentation requirements

July 2008

EGYPTAIR joins Star Alliance

Opening of Star Alliance lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 1

Star Alliance carriers move together under one roof at the main terminal of Seoul's Incheon International Airport

April 2008

Turkish Airlines joins the Star Alliance network

March 2008

Star Alliance carriers move under one roof to Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport and to Terminal 2 at Shanghai - Pudong Airport

Star Alliance upgrades Round the World Mileage Calculator

February 2008

China Airpass launched

January 2008

Star Alliance Receives Market Leadership Award from Air Transport World, first airline alliance to win the award

Circle Fare and Airpass Calculator launched, available at

December 2007

Air China and Shanghai Airlines join Star Alliance

Star Alliance CEB accepts Air India membership

SAS EuroBonus offers members Star Alliance Upgrade Awards

November 2007

Star Alliance adds two new Chinese language websites; simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese for native Chinese speakers

October 2007

Air Canada, Lufthansa, SWISS, US Airways and United relocate to the new South Terminal at Miami International Airport

September 2007

Star Alliance wins the Best Airline Alliance Award from Business Traveler (UK) for the second year running

August 2007

Star Alliance voted best airline alliance in the Skytrax World Airline Survey for the third consecutive time (2007, 2005 and 2003)

July 2007

Opening of first lounge in North America at the Tom Bradley International Airport in Los Angeles

Air New Zealand launches Star Alliance Upgrade Awards

May 2007

Star Alliance celebrates 10th anniversary

March 2007

Launch of Visit Southern Africa Campaign

Introduction of new Common Baggage Service Facility at Chicago Airport International Terminal

February 2007

After its restructuring VARIG quits Star Alliance as it no longer fulfills the pre-requisites for Star Alliance membership

January 2007

Star Alliance voted Best Airline Alliance by Business Traveler Magazine (US)

December 2006

Launch of new website

SWISS becomes 10th member carrier to offer upgrade awards

September 2006

Star Alliance voted best airline at Business Traveler Awards

July 2006

United Airlines joins Star Alliance Upgrade Awards

June 2006

Star Alliance member carriers collocate in new South Wing, Terminal 1, at Tokyo's Narita Airport

May 2006

Star Alliance Upgrade Awards available on Asiana, TAP and THAI

April 2006

South African Airways and Swiss International Air Lines join the Star Alliance network

African Airpass is introduced

January 2006

Star Alliance launches online interactive tool for U.S.-based travel agents and corporate travel planners/bookers

October 2005

Star Alliance Interline E-Ticketing available across Canada and the USA

September 2005

Star Alliance finalizes deal with Amadeus for Common Information Technology Platform

August 2005

Opening of new Star Connection Centre in Munich

June 2005

Star Alliance named as world's best airline alliance in Skytrax survey

May 2005

Star Alliance member carriers open joint ticketing facility at Mexico City's International Airport

March 2005

TAP Portugal joins the Star Alliance network

Star Alliance and Aeroports de Paris sign MoU outlining collocation at CDG1

February 2005

Star Alliance carriers start flying from the new Central Japan International Airport (Nagoya)

December 2004

Star Alliance launches Global Interline E-Ticketing

November 2004

Blue1 joins as the first regional member of Star Alliance, followed by Adria Airways and Croatia Airlines

October 2004

Star Alliance launches the Round the World Mileage Calculator

August 2004

Star Alliance launches Brazil country website - first website in local language (Portuguese)

May 2004

US Airways joins Star Alliance

March 2004

Star Alliance launches Asian Airpass

Star Alliance launches first country website – U.K.

Mexicana Airlines' membership in Star Alliance terminates

November 2003

Star Alliance selected as best airline alliance by U.S. Business Traveler magazine

October 2003

LOT Polish Airlines joins the Star Alliance network

September 2003

Star Alliance selected as best airline alliance by U.K. Business Traveler magazine

July 2003

Star Alliance launches Travel Info feature on website

June 2003

Star Alliance voted best airline alliance in Skytrax poll

April 2003

Spanair joins the Star Alliance network

March 2003

Asiana Airlines joins the Star Alliance network

November 2002

Star Alliance voted best airline alliance in U.S. Business Traveler magazine poll

August 2002

Star Alliance member airlines launch comprehensive new frequent flyer awards

May 2002

Star Alliance launches downloadable timetable

March 2002

Star Alliance announces enhancements to Conventions Plus product

October 2001

Star Alliance airport lounge in Zurich is named among the world's ten best by Forbes magazine

September 2001

Ansett Australia files for bankruptcy and exits Star Alliance

August 2001

Official opening of the first Star Alliance lounge in Zurich

May 2001

Star Alliance announces the appointment of Jaan Albrecht as CEO, effective June 1st

March 2001

Star Alliance is first to launch a global e-service initiative to the public

December 2000

Opening of a new Star Alliance business centre in Bangkok (the centre was closed in 2006)

November 2000

Star Alliance announces the completion of its fulltime Alliance Management Team (AMT) - the executive body of the partnership

September 2000

Star Alliance launches StarNet - a sophisticated IT solution that links the various computer systems of the member airlines

August 2000

Opening of a Star Alliance business center in Frankfurt

July 2000

British Midland and Mexicana Airlines become Star Alliance members

May 2000

The Star Alliance business centre opens in Los Angeles (the centre was closed in 2004 as part of creating a stronger centralised organisation)

April 2000

Singapore Airlines joins Star Alliance

March 2000

The Austrian Airlines Group, comprising Austrian Airlines, Lauda Air and Tyrolean Airways, joins the Star Alliance network

October 1999

ANA joins the Star Alliance network

September 1999

The Austrian Airlines Board of Directors decides to apply for membership in the Star Alliance network effective 2000

March 1999

Ansett Australia and Air New Zealand join the Star Alliance network

October 1997

The first VARIG and United codeshare flights begin VARIG Brazilian Airlines joins the Star Alliance network

September 1997

Air Canada and SAS begin codeshare flights

May 14, 1997

Air Canada, Lufthansa, SAS, Thai Airways International and United Airlines launch the Star Alliance network