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Air India Star Alliance bid scuppered
New Delhi, August 1, 2011

AIR INDIA’S bid to join the Star Alliance has been suspended because the India flag carrier did not meet the minimum joining conditions that were contractually agreed to in December 2007.


Following a recent review of Air India’s application status at a meeting between the Indian Ministry for Civil Aviation, Star Alliance CEO, Jaan Albrecht, and the Air India CMD, Arvind Jadhav, the decision to suspend has subsequently been confirmed by the Star Alliance chief executive board.


Star Alliance CEO, Jaan Albrecht, said: “With the collective decision to put the integration efforts on hold, we aim to contribute to Air India’s flexibility to concentrate on its ongoing strategic reorientation. In this process, our member carriers will continue to provide assistance to Air India wherever required.”


Air India’s existing bilateral relationships with Star Alliance member airlines are not affected by the decision, which also leaves room to discuss a potential alliance membership in the future.


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Though I feel that Air india's interests would have been better served had they become members of Star Alliance. However, keeping in view the prevailing situation in Air India, the Star Alliance Administration, I suppose, is wanting to tread more carefully. Therefore, Air India Management would do well by setting its own house in order, without losing more time, to be able to derive benefits from such an important Membership/Association.
Posted by: Rattan Narula
01-08-2011 21:55:45
I flew Air India today from Mumbai to London. I was in for a surpirse. The servce levels, leg room, food quality and quantity, cleaniness of the aircraft, entertainment system and content - all was perfect! I understand that some people have problems on other routes. But if AI can get this one route/flight perfect they can do the same all over their network. In comparison I flew Lufthansa in June from Mumbai to Frankfurt - it was exactly the opposite. It was a horrible experience. Keep it up AI! Regards Jayesh Ashar
Posted by: Jayesh Ashar
02-08-2011 22:41:19
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