SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- With today's official
welcoming of Asiana Airlines as its newest member, Star Alliance strongly
reinforces its position as the leading airline alliance in terms of scheduled
air service to and from mainland China. The addition of the extensive route
structure of the Korean carrier to the Star Alliance network means that Star
Alliance member airlines will be serving 18 destinations in China with almost
600 flights and a total capacity offering of more than 160,000 seats per week.
Services to Hong Kong are not included in these figures.
"Our new member, Asiana Airlines, is an invaluable asset with its strong
presence in mainland China," said Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Star Alliance.
"Mainland China has tremendous market potential in terms of air travel. The
number of visitors to China is expected to grow at annual double-digit rates
for years to come. With the entry of Asiana into our group, Star Alliance
offers by far the most comprehensive coverage in this fast-growing and
"Star Alliance will include a Chinese carrier one day," Jaan Albrecht
continued. "In the meantime, our current members are building up their
presence in mainland China by adding destinations and frequencies.
"Through the membership of Asiana Airlines, Star Alliance has been able to
leapfrog the competition and can now offer its customers the strongest network
of any alliance in China, as well as the most complete global access," he
The Star Alliance summer timetable will include scheduled services to the
following cities in mainland China:
Guangzhou/CAN - Changchun/CGQ - Chongqing/CKG - Chengdu/CTU - Dalian/DLC -
Hangzhou/HGH - Harbin/HRB - Kunming/KMG - Guilin/KWL - Nanjing/NKG -
Beijing/PEK - Shanghai/PVG - Shenyang/SHE - Qingdao/TAO - Tianjin/TSN -
Xian/XIY - Xiamen/XMN - Yantai/YNT.
The destinations are being served by Star Alliance members Air Canada
(28 flights per week), ANA - All Nippon Airways (130), Asiana Airlines (146),
Austrian Airlines Group (10), Lufthansa German Airlines (42), SAS Scandinavian
Airlines (14), Singapore Airlines (84), Thai Airways International (90) and
United Airlines (42).
Star Alliance was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline
alliance to offer customers global reach and a smooth travel experience. The
members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA - All Nippon Airways, Asiana
Airlines (as of March 1), Austrian Airlines Group, bmi, Lufthansa, Mexicana
Airlines, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, United, and
VARIG Brazilian Airlines.
Spanair of Spain will officially join Star Alliance April 1, 2003 and LOT
Polish Airlines is scheduled to join later in the year.
For further information, please contact: Stephan A. Roth, Director,
Corporate Affairs, of Star Alliance, +1-310-643-7766.
SOURCE Star Alliance