Air India reports benefits of joining Star Alliance

18 Dec 2014 by Clement Huang

It’s been nearly half a year since Air India joined Star Alliance (see here), and according to airline, it has already seen positive effects from its membership.

Speaking at the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board Meeting (CEB) in New Delhi yesterday, Rohit Nandam, CMD Air India, reported that the carrier has seen a 33 per cent increase in the number of passengers transferring between Air India and other Star Alliance member carriers.

Meanwhile, frequent flyers are also taking advantage of the Alliance benefits, with some 80,000 members having earned miles while flying with Air India since July. Reciprocally, more than 20,000 members of Air India’s own Flying Returns frequent flyer program have credited miles for flights on other Star Alliance member carriers.

Looking ahead, Air India is looking to explore further opportunities in increasing transfer traffic from its hubs in Delhi and Mumbai. The airline is working with its fellow Star members and the airport operators to provide more connecting flights and make the transfer process even easier.

Finally, Nandam also expressed hope that Air India’s request to join the other 23 Star Alliance member carriers now operating out of the new Heathrow Terminal 2 would be received favourably by the UK airport.

“London is our main destination in Europe and anything we can do to offer better transfer facilities would be a real gain for us and Star Alliance,” said Nandam.

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Clement Huang

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