Star Alliance

This article is about the global airline alliance. For the political party in Benin, see Star Alliance (Benin).

Star Alliance
Launch date 14 May 1997 (1997-05-14)
Full members 27
Non-voting members 40 affiliates
Pending members 1
Destination airports 1,330[1]
Destination countries 192 [1]
Annual passengers (M) 641.1[1]
Annual RPK (G) 1,364[1]
Fleet size 4,657 [1]
Headquarters Frankfurt am Main, Germany[2]
Management Mark Schwab, CEO[3]
Calin Rovinescu, Chairman
Alliance slogan The Way The Earth Connects

Star Alliance is one of the world's largest global airline alliances. Founded on 14 May 1997, its current CEO is Mark Schwab and its headquarters is in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.[2] As of 7 August 2016, Star Alliance is the second largest global alliance by passenger count with 641.1 million, after SkyTeam (665.4 million) and ahead of Oneworld (557.4 million). Its slogan is "The Way The Earth Connects".

Star Alliance's 27 member airlines operate a fleet of approximately 4,657 aircraft, serve more than 1,330 airports in 192 countries and carry 641.1 million passengers per year on more than 18,500 daily departures. The alliance has a two-tier rewards program, Silver and Gold, with incentives including priority boarding and upgrades. Like other airline alliances, Star Alliance airlines share airport terminals (known as co-location) and many member planes are painted in the alliance's livery.


1997–1999: First alliance

Tails of four planes on the tarmac
Lufthansa is one of the alliance's founding members.
Logo with five pyramids over "Star Alliance"
First Star Alliance logo, still in use today

On 14 May 1997, an agreement was announced forming Star Alliance from five airlines on three continents: Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International, Air Canada, Lufthansa, and United Airlines.[4][5] The alliance chose Young & Rubicam for advertising, with a budget of $25 million (€18 million).[6] The airlines shared the star logo from the beginning, with its five points representing the founding airlines. The alliance adopted its first slogan, "The Airline Network for Earth",[4] with its goal "an alliance that will take passengers to every major city on earth".[5]


The now defunct Brazilian airline VARIG joined the Star Alliance network[4][7] on 22 October 1997, extending the alliance into South America. Also joining were Ansett Australia and Air New Zealand, expanding Star Alliance to Australia and the Pacific.[8] With the addition of the latter two carriers, the alliance served 720 destinations in 110 countries with a combined fleet of 1,650 aircraft. The next airline to join was All Nippon Airways (ANA), the group's second Asian airline, on 15 October 1999.[9][10]

2000-2006: Expansion

During the early 2000s, a number of airlines joined Star Alliance; the Austrian Airlines Group (Austrian Airlines, Tyrolean Airways and Lauda Air) joined on 26 March 2000[11][12] and Singapore Airlines on 1 April.[13] BMI (British Midland) and Mexicana Airlines joined on 1 July, bringing the alliance's membership to 13.[14] The addition of BMI made London Heathrow the only European hub with two alliances. During the year, Emirates considered joining Star Alliance, but decided against it.[15] That year the now-defunct BWIA West Indies Airways, which had entered an alliance with United Airlines, considered becoming a member but did not.[16] In 2000, the alliance also opened its first three business centers (in Los Angeles, Frankfurt, and Bangkok) and announced the formation of an Alliance Management Team (AMT), the partnership's executive body.[17] In September 2001, Ansett Australia (the alliance's only Australian member) left Star Alliance due to bankruptcy, giving most of the Australian market to Qantas (a Oneworld member). That year, Star Alliance announced the appointment of a new CEO, Jaan Albrecht.[17]

Asiana Airlines joined the alliance on 1 March 2003,[18] Spanair on 1 May,[19] and LOT Polish Airlines (Poland's flag carrier) in October.[20] Around this time, Mexicana Airlines left the alliance after deciding not to renew a codeshare agreement with United Airlines, later joining Oneworld.[17] US Airways joined the alliance in May 2003,[21] becoming its second US-based airline. In November Adria Airways, Blue1 and Croatia Airlines joined the alliance as its first three regional members.[22]

Although Star Alliance invited Lineas Aereas Azteca in 2005 to join in mid-2007, the airline filed for bankruptcy. TAP Portugal joined on 14 March 2005, adding African destinations to the network.[23][24] In April 2006 Swiss International Air Lines, the alliance's sixth European airline, and South African Airways (its first African carrier) became the 17th and 18th members.[25]

2007: Tenth anniversary

By May 2007, Star Alliance's 10th anniversary, its members had a combined 16,000 daily departures to 855 destinations in 155 countries and served 406 million passengers annually. The alliance introduced Biosphere Connections, a partnership with UNESCO, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Ramsar Convention On Wetlands to promote environmental sustainability.[26][27]

Today, nearly 30% of global air travellers use the services of our member carriers or, looking at it from an overall industry perspective, two thirds of worldwide air travellers use one of the three airline alliances.
Jaan Albrecht, former Star Alliance CEO[28]

VARIG left the alliance on 31 January 2007,[29] and the two Chinese airlines Air China and Shanghai Airlines joined on 12 December.[30]

2008–2010: Second decade of operations

On 1 April 2008, Turkish Airlines joined the alliance after a 15-month integration process beginning in December 2006, becoming its seventh European airline[31] and 20th member. EgyptAir, Egypt's national airline and Star Alliance's second African carrier, joined on 11 July 2008.[32]

On 27 October 2009, Continental Airlines became the 25th member of Star Alliance after leaving SkyTeam three days earlier. According to alliance CEO Jaan Albrecht, "Bringing Continental Airlines into Star Alliance has been a truly unique experience. This is the first time an airline has moved directly from one alliance to another and I would like to thank all those involved in ensuring a smooth switch". At the time, it was rumored that the switch was Continental's first move in a planned United Airlines-Continental merge.[33] Two months later, Brussels Airlines joined the alliance.[34]

Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines joined Star Alliance on 13 May 2010,[35] increasing its foothold in South America.[36] Aegean Airlines, Greece's largest airline by number of passengers, joined on 30 June.[37]

Shanghai Airlines left the alliance on 31 October 2010 when it merged with China Eastern Airlines, a SkyTeam member.[38] On 29 September, the chief executive board approved Ethiopian Airlines as Star Alliance's 30th member.[39] In 2010 the alliance flew to 1,172 airports in 181 countries, with about 21,200 daily departures.[39]

2011-present: Further expansion

Since 2011, more airlines have joined, and others have left due to their collapse or restructuring. In August 2011, after several delays, Air India was rejected for membership when it did not meet alliance requirements.[40][41] On 13 December 2011, Ethiopian Airlines joined, adding five countries and 24 destinations to the alliance's map.[42]

Star Alliance had a tumultuous 2012, with Spanair leaving early in the year when the carrier ceased operations.[43] In early March, Continental merged with United Airlines, ending its membership in the alliance.[44] BMI left on 20 April after its acquisition by International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of Oneworld members Iberia and British Airways.[45] On 21 June, Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines joined the alliance, increasing its Latin American presence.[46] In November, Blue1 left the alliance, becoming an affiliate of parent Scandinavian Airlines.[47] Shenzhen Airlines joined on 29 November, augmenting Air China's Chinese network.[48]

On 8 March 2013, TAM Airlines announced its departure due to its merger with LAN Airlines to become LATAM Airlines Group.[49] With the addition of EVA Air on 18 June and TACA's integration into Avianca, the alliance now had 28 members and was the largest of the three major airline alliances.[50][51] On 13 December, Air India was again invited to begin an integration process with Star Alliance.[52] On 31 March 2014, TAM Airlines moved to Oneworld, and US Airways and an American Airlines affiliate also left the alliance.[53] That day, Avianca Brazil announced that it would join Star Alliance in 2014 as an affiliate of Avianca.[54] After TAM Airlines and US Airways left, the alliance had 26 members. On 24 June, Air India was approved, joining the alliance on 11 July.[55][56][57][58] Avianca Brazil then joined the alliance on 22 July 2015.[59] Future Connecting Partners member Mango, South African Airways' low-cost subsidiary, will be joining in 3Q 2016.[60] Other Connecting Partners candidates include Air India Express and Alliance Air (both subsidiaries of Air India) as well as Juneyao Airlines (which codeshares with Shenzhen Airlines).[61] On 10 October 2016, Juneyao Airlines confirmed their joining into Star Alliance as Connecting Partners in 2Q 2017.[62]

Member airlines and affiliates

Air Canada plane landing
Lufthansa plane at airport
Scandinavian Airlines plane taking off
Thai Airways plane taking off.
United Airlines plane in flight
Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways International and United Airlines are the five founding members of the alliance.

Members and affiliates

Member Joined Affiliates
Slovenia Adria Airways[63] 18 November 2004 N/A
Greece Aegean Airlines[63] 30 June 2010 Greece Olympic Air
Canada Air Canada[A][63] 14 May 1997 Canada Air Canada Express[B][D]
Canada Air Canada Rouge
China Air China[63] 12 December 2007 China Dalian Airlines
India Air India[63] 11 July 2014 India Air India Regional
New Zealand Air New Zealand[63] 3 May 1999 New Zealand Air New Zealand Link[B][F]
Japan All Nippon Airways[63] 15 October 1999 Japan Air Japan
Japan ANA Wings
Japan Vanilla Air[K]
South Korea Asiana Airlines[63] 28 March 2003 South Korea Air Busan
South Korea Air Seoul
Austria Austrian Airlines[63] 26 March 2000 N/A
Colombia Avianca[63] 21 June 2012 Brazil Avianca Brazil
Costa Rica Avianca Costa Rica
Ecuador Avianca Ecuador
El Salvador Avianca El Salvador
Guatemala Avianca Guatemala
Honduras Avianca Honduras
Nicaragua Avianca Nicaragua
Peru Avianca Peru
Belgium Brussels Airlines[63] 9 December 2009 N/A
Panama Copa Airlines[63] 21 June 2012 Colombia Copa Airlines Colombia
Croatia Croatia Airlines[63] 18 November 2004 N/A
Egypt EgyptAir[63] 11 July 2008 Egypt EgyptAir Express
Ethiopia Ethiopian Airlines[63] 13 December 2011 N/A
Taiwan EVA Air[63] 18 June 2013 Taiwan UNI Air[L]
Poland LOT Polish Airlines[63] 26 October 2003 Poland LOT Charters
Estonia Nordica Airlines
Germany Lufthansa[A][63] 14 May 1997 Germany Lufthansa Regional[B][C][G]
Germany Lufthansa CityLine
Italy Air Dolomiti
Germany SunExpress Deutschland[J]
Norway Scandinavian Airlines[A][63]
14 May 1997 Denmark Cimber A/S[B]
China Shenzhen Airlines[63] 29 November 2012 China Kunming Airlines[M]
Singapore Singapore Airlines[63] 1 April 2000 Singapore Silkair
Singapore Scoot[K]
Singapore Tigerair[K]
South Africa South African Airways[63] 10 April 2006 South Africa Airlink
South Africa South African Express
South Africa Mango[I]
Switzerland Swiss International Air Lines[63] 1 April 2006 Switzerland Swiss Global Air Lines
Switzerland Edelweiss Air
Portugal TAP Portugal[63] 14 March 2005 Portugal TAP Express
Thailand Thai Airways[A][63] 14 May 1997 Thailand Thai Smile
Turkey Turkish Airlines[63] 1 April 2008 Turkey Anadolu Jet
Turkey SunExpress[J]
United States United Airlines[A][63] 14 May 1997 United States United Express[B][H]
World map showing home countries of the airlines in the three largest airline alliances: Star Alliance (grey), SkyTeam (blue) and Oneworld (purple) with IATA codes of founding members outlined in red. (In the SVG file, hover over a code to highlight its alliance; click to load its article.)

A Founding member.
B Airlines operating under Air Canada Express, Air New Zealand Link, Cimber A/S, Lufthansa Regional, Tyrolean Airways and United Express are not necessarily members of Star Alliance. However, flights are operated on behalf of the respective member airlines, carry their designator code and are Star Alliance flights.
C Members of Lufthansa Regional that are fully owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
D Air Canada Express flights are operated by[64][65] Air Georgian, EVAS Air, Jazz Aviation, Sky Regional Airlines.
E Air India Regional flights are operated by Alliance Air.
F Air New Zealand Link flights are operated by Air Nelson, Eagle Airways and Mount Cook Airline.
G Lufthansa Regional flights are operated by Air Dolomiti, Eurowings and Lufthansa CityLine.
H United Express flights are operated by Cape Air, CommutAir, ExpressJet Airlines, GoJet Airlines, Mesa Airlines, Republic Airlines, Shuttle America, SkyWest Airlines and Trans States Airlines.
I South African low-cost airline Mango will join the alliance as a Connecting Partner in the third quarter of 2016.[60]
J SunExpress (owned by member airlines Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa) and SunExpress Deutschland (owned by SunExpress) is not part of Star Alliance
K Vanilla Air, Scoot and Tigerair are now part of Value Alliance.[66]
L UNI Air is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eva Air, although it is not a part of Star Alliance.
M Kunming Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shenzhen Airlines, although it is not a part of Star Alliance.

Former members and affiliates

Former members
Former member Joined Exited Affiliates Notes
Australia Ansett Australia 3 May 1999 12 September 2001 Australia Aeropelican Air Services
Australia Hazelton Airlines
Australia Kendell Airlines
Australia Skywest Airlines
Left the alliance on 12 September 2001 after suffering financial collapse.[67] Ansett resumed operations on 1 October 2001, but would permanently cease operations on 4 March 2002.
Finland Blue1 3 November 2004 1 November 2012 N/A Left the alliance on 1 November 2012 after SAS took over mainline operations, was a member affiliate of Scandinavian Airlines, and is now a part of CityJet.[47][68]
United Kingdom British Midland International 1 July 2000 20 April 2012 United Kingdom BMI Regional
United Kingdom Bmibaby
Left the alliance on 20 April 2012 as a result of its merger with International Airlines Group. IAG's subsidiaries Iberia and British Airways are Oneworld members; BMI merged with British Airways on 27 October 2012.[45]
United States Continental Airlines 27 October 2009 3 March 2012 United States Continental Connection
United States Continental Express
United States Continental Micronesia
Merged with United Airlines on 3 March 2012.[69]
Mexico Mexicana 1 July 2000 31 March 2004Mexico Aerocaribe Left the alliance in 2004 after deciding not to renew a codeshare alliance with United Airlines, opting instead to codeshare with American Airlines, and joined Oneworld on 10 November 2009. Mexicana would cease operations on 28 August 2010.[70]
China Shanghai Airlines 12 December 2007 31 October 2010 China China United Airlines Left the alliance on 31 October 2010 as a result of its merger with China Eastern Airlines, a SkyTeam member.[71]
Spain Spanair 1 May 2003 27 January 2012 Spain AeBal Collapsed on 27 January 2012.[72]
El Salvador TACA Airlines 21 June 2012 27 May 2013 El Salvador TACA Regional Merged with Avianca on 27 May 2013; renamed Avianca El Salvador.
Brazil TAM Airlines 13 May 2010 30 March 2014 Paraguay TAM Paraguay Left the alliance on 30 March 2014 as a result of its merger with LAN Airlines, a Oneworld member.[73]
United States US Airways 4 May 2004 30 March 2014 United States US Airways Express
United States US Airways Shuttle
Left the alliance on 30 March 2014 as a result of its merger with American Airlines, a Oneworld member.[74]
Brazil VARIG 22 October 1997 31 January 2007 Brazil Nordeste
Brazil Rio Sul
Uruguay PLUNA
Ceased operations on 20 July 2006.[29]
Former affiliates of current members
Former affiliate Joined Left Affiliate of Notes
Canada Air Canada Tango
Canada Air Canada Now part of Air Canada.[75]
Canada Air Nova
Canada Air Canada Now known as Air Canada Express, a subsidiary of Air Canada.[76]
Japan Air Next
Japan All Nippon Airways Now part of ANA Wings, a subsidiary of ANA.[77]
Japan Air Nippon
Japan All Nippon Airways Merged with ANA Wings.[77]
Canada Air Ontario
Canada Air Canada Branded as Air Canada Express, a subsidiary of Air Canada.[76]
Finland Blue1
DenmarkScandinavian Airlines
Now part of Cityjet after ceasing operations.[47][68]
Poland Centralwings
Poland LOT Polish Airlines Now part of LOT Polish Airlines, ceased operations.[78]
Northern Cyprus Cyprus Turkish Airlines
Turkey Turkish Airlines Now part of Turkish Airlines after going bankrupt.[79]
Democratic Republic of the Congo Korongo Airlines
Belgium Brussels Airlines Now part of Brussels Airlines after not gaining enough traction.[80]
Austria Lauda Air
Austria Austrian Airlines Replaced by Austrian Airlines operations, now known as Austrian myHoliday.[81]
Italy Lufthansa Italia
Germany Lufthansa Now part of Lufthansa.[82]
United States United Shuttle
United States United Airlines Became part of United Airlines.[83]
Switzerland Swiss Private Aviation
Switzerland Swiss International Air Lines Absorbed into Swiss International Air Lines.[84]
Austria Tyrolean Airways
Austria Austrian Airlines Now part of Austrian Airlines.[85]
Canada ZIP
Canada Air Canada Absorbed into Air Canada.[86]
United States TED
United States United Airlines Became part of United Airlines.[87]

Future members and affiliates

Full Members

No airline has confirmed to join Star Alliance yet.

Connecting Partners

Member Joining Affiliates
ChinaJuneyao Airlines[63] 2017 China 9 Air

Customer service

Codeshare flights of Star Alliance airlines are consistent. This cooperation led to suspicions of anti-competitive behavior; the alliance was suspected by the European Union of being a virtual merger of its members, and speculation existed that if government regulations were relaxed the members would merge into one corporation.[88]

Star Alliance developed a "regional" concept in 2004, which helped it penetrate markets with participation by smaller regional carriers. Regional Star Alliance members had to be sponsored by an alliance member. The alliance no longer designates airlines as "regional" members, now referring to its 27 airlines as "members".[89]

In 2007, alliance members flew 18,521 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries with a fleet of 4,025 aircraft. Its members carried a total of 627.52 million passengers, with revenue of US$156.8 billion (€145 billion). It had 28 percent of the global market based on revenue passenger kilometers (RPK), greater than the combined market share of all airlines not in one of the three major alliances. All alliance carriers combined employed over 405,000 pilots, flight attendants, and other staff. Star Alliance was voted best airline alliance in the Skytrax 2007 World Airline Awards.[90]

Member hubs

Members Hubs Focus cities
Adria Airways Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport[91] N/A
Aegean Airlines Athens International Airport
Thessaloniki International Airport
Larnaca International Airport[92]
Chania International Airport
Corfu International Airport
Heraklion International Airport
Kalamata International Airport
Rhodes International Airport[92]
Air Canada Calgary International Airport
Montréal-Trudeau International Airport
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Vancouver International Airport[93]
Edmonton International Airport
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
Air China Beijing Capital International Airport
Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
Shanghai Pudong International Airport[94]
Air India Indira Gandhi International Airport
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Chennai International Airport
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport
Changi Airport
Kempegowda International Airport
Trivandrum International Airport
Cochin International Airport
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
Air New Zealand Auckland Airport
Christchurch Airport
Wellington International Airport
Los Angeles International Airport
Sydney Airport
All Nippon Airways Kansai International Airport
Haneda Airport
Narita International Airport
Osaka International Airport
Chūbu Centrair International Airport
New Chitose Airport
Asiana Airlines Incheon International Airport
Gimpo International Airport
Gimhae International Airport
Jeju International Airport
Austrian Airlines Vienna International Airport Innsbruck Airport
Avianca El Dorado International Airport
El Salvador International Airport
Jorge Chávez International Airport
Juan Santamaría International Airport
Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport
José María Córdova International Airport
La Aurora International Airport
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport
Miami International Airport
São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport
Brussels Airlines Brussels Airport Connecting Africa to Europe
Copa Airlines Tocumen International Airport
El Dorado International Airport
José María Córdova International Airport
Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport
Juan Santamaría International Airport
La Aurora International Airport
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport
Croatia Airlines Zagreb Airport Dubrovnik Airport
Split Airport
Zadar Airport
EgyptAir Cairo International Airport Borg El Arab Airport
Hurghada International Airport
Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
Ethiopian Airlines Bole International Airport N/A
EVA Air Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Kaohsiung International Airport
Suvarnabhumi Airport
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport Copernicus Airport Wrocław
John Paul II International Airport Kraków-Balice
Lufthansa Frankfurt Airport
Munich Airport
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen Airport
Oslo Airport, Gardermoen
Stockholm-Arlanda Airport
Bergen Airport, Flesland
Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport
Stavanger Airport, Sola
Trondheim Airport, Værnes
Helsinki Airport
Shenzhen Airlines Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
Sunan Shuofang International Airport
Singapore Airlines Singapore Changi Airport N/A
South African Airways OR Tambo International Airport Cape Town International Airport
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich Airport Geneva International Airport
TAP Portugal Lisbon Portela Airport
Porto Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport
Madeira Airport
Thai Airways International Suvarnabhumi Airport Chiang Mai International Airport
Incheon International Airport
Phuket International Airport
Turkish Airlines Atatürk International Airport Adnan Menderes Airport
Antalya Airport
Esenboğa International Airport
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport
United Airlines Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport
Denver International Airport
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Los Angeles International Airport
Narita International Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport
O'Hare International Airport
San Francisco International Airport
Washington Dulles International Airport

Co-location at airports (under one roof)

Overhead view of airport terminal, with planes at the gate and on the tarmac
Star Alliance members Scandinavian Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines (with Star Alliance livery), and Air China (in the field) using Terminal 3E of Beijing Capital International Airport as part of the "Move Under One Roof" program to co-locate alliance members
City Airport IATA Terminal Exceptions
Barcelona Barcelona–El Prat Airport BCN Terminal 1
Beijing Beijing Capital International Airport PEK Terminal 3
Cairo Cairo International Airport CAI Terminal 3
Chongqing Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport CKG Terminal 2B
Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport DEL Terminal 3
Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport FRA Terminal 1 "Star Alliance Terminal"
Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport HKG Terminal 1 Thai Airways and Scandinavian Airlines (Terminal 2)
London London Heathrow Airport LHR Terminal 2 Air India (Terminal 4)
Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport MEX Terminal 1 Copa Airlines (Terminal 2)
Miami Miami International Airport MIA Concourse J United Airlines (Concourse G)
Munich Munich Airport MUC Terminal 2 Turkish Airlines (Terminal 1)
Moscow Domodedovo International Airport DME Terminal A Turkish Airlines at Vnukovo International Airport

Adria Airways, Air China, LOT Polish Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines at Sheremetyevo Airport

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport CDG Terminal 1 Air Canada and Ethiopian Airlines (Terminal 2A)
Air India (Terminal 2C)
Austrian Airlines (Terminal 2D)
Phuket Phuket International Airport HKT Terminal 1 Thai Airways International (partially in Terminal 2)
São Paulo São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport GRU Terminal 3 Avianca (Terminal 2)
Seoul Incheon International Airport ICN Concourse A Asiana Airlines (west side of main terminal)
Shanghai Shanghai Pudong International Airport PVG Terminal 2
Stockholm Stockholm-Arlanda Airport ARN Terminal 5 Scandinavian Airlines domestic flights (Terminal 4)
Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport TPE Terminal 2 Thai Airways International (Terminal 1)
Tokyo Narita International Airport NRT Terminal 1 – South Wing Air India (Terminal 2)
Toronto Toronto Pearson International Airport YYZ Terminal 1
Vienna Vienna International Airport VIE Austrian Star Alliance Terminal (Check-in 3)[95] Aegean Airlines and Turkish Airlines (Check-in 1)


Star Alliance has two premium levels (Silver and Gold), based on a customer's status in a member's frequent-flyer program. Member and regional airlines recognize Star Silver and Gold status, with a few exceptions mostly pertaining to airport lounge access. Membership is based on the frequent-flyer programs of the individual airlines. Many members have a premium status beyond Gold, which is not recognized across the alliance.

Star Alliance Silver

Star Alliance Silver status is given to customers who have reached a premium level of a member carrier's frequent-flyer program. Benefits are priority reservation wait-listing and airport stand-by. Some airlines also offer priority airport check-in, baggage handling and boarding; preferred seating; an additional checked-luggage allowance, and waived fees for two checked bags.

Star Alliance Gold

Star Alliance Gold status is given to customers who have reached a higher level of a member airline's frequent-flyer program. Benefits are priority reservations wait-listing, airport stand-by and check-in and baggage handling; an additional checked luggage allowance of 20 kg (or one extra piece, where the piece rule applies), and access to designated Star Alliance Gold lounges the day and place of departure with the presentation of a Star Alliance boarding pass. Some airlines also offer preferred seating (an exit seat or a special section of the plane); guaranteed seating on fully booked flights, subject to the booking class code and notice period, and free upgrades in the form of a voucher, certificate or automatic upgrade at check-in. United restricts US lounge access for their Gold Members to long-haul international passengers; Gold members from other carriers are welcome in US lounges run by United on all itineraries.

Qualifying tiers by airline

Member airline Mileage program Star Silver
(qualifying tiers)
Star Gold
(qualifying tiers)
Austrian Airlines
Brussels Airlines
Croatia Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines
Swiss International Air Lines
Miles & More Frequent Traveller Senator
HON Circle
Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus Silver Gold
Air Canada Aeroplan[96] Prestige 25K
Elite 35K
Elite 50K
Elite 75K
Super Elite 100K
Air China
Shenzhen Airlines
Phoenix Miles Silver Gold
Air India Flying Returns Silver Edge Club Golden Edge Club
The Maharajah Club[97]
Air New Zealand Airpoints Silver Gold
All Nippon Airways ANA Mileage Club Bronze Super Flyers
Asiana Airlines Asiana Club Gold Diamond
Diamond Plus
Avianca LifeMiles Silver Gold
Avianca Brazil Programa Amigo Silver Gold
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles Silver Gold
Presidential Platium
EgyptAir EgyptAir Plus Silver Gold
Ethiopian Airlines Sheba Miles Silver Club Gold Club
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands Infinity MileageLands Silver Infinity MileageLands Gold
Infinity MileageLands Diamond
Scandinavian Airlines EuroBonus Silver Gold
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Elite Silver Elite Gold
PPS Club
Solitaire PPS Club
South African Airways Voyager Silver Gold
TAP Portugal Victoria Silver Winner Gold Winner
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus Silver Gold, Platinum
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Classic Plus Elite
Elite Plus
United Airlines MileagePlus Premier Silver Premier Gold
Premier Platinum
Premier 1K
Global Services

Some Star Alliance members paint some of their aircraft with the alliance livery, usually a white fuselage with "Star Alliance" across it and a black tail fin with the alliance logo; the color or design of the engine cowlings or winglets remains, depending on the member's livery. Singapore Airlines is the only exception, formerly keeping its own logo on the tails of its aircraft but now using the Star Alliance logo on white tails. Asiana Airlines was the first Star Alliance member to paint its aircraft in the current Star Alliance livery.[98] Aircraft painted in an airline's regular livery have the Star Alliance logo between the cockpit and the first set of cabin doors.


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