VIENNA, Austria, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chief Executive Board of Star
Alliance, meeting in Vienna, Austria on Sunday, June 25, 2000, clearly
reinforced its positioning within the competitive world of airline-alliances.
Discussing topics like customer-focus, network strength, competitive
environment and future trends of the industry, the Star Alliance leaders agree
on their view that deepening the co-operation of existing members will play
the key role over just adding members to the team.
"We do not intend to give away our pole position to any of the competing
alliances," says Mario Rehulka, President of Austrian Airlines, stressing that
Star Alliance as the first truly global airline network has from its beginning
directed all efforts towards the introduction of worldwide seamless service
for its customers.
With more nonstop flights to more destinations than any other airline
alliance, Star Alliance has created a network of hubs around the globe: "In 82
percent of the markets we serve, flying Star Alliance is the fastest option"
says Montie Brewer, Vice President Alliances of United Airlines.
Clearly favoring competition for the benefit of the consumer, Sir Michael
Bishop, Chairman of British Midland, uses London Heathrow Airport -- the most
important intercontinental airport in the world as an example: "Our entry into
Star Alliance will help to establish Heathrow as the 'Chicago of Europe' with
two alliances competing head to head, offering more choice and attractive
fares to the traveling public."
Jan Stenberg, President of Scandinavian Airlines System, warned
decision-makers and authorities around the globe not to fall back in their
efforts to secure sufficient infrastructure to cope with the demand of the
air-traffic of tomorrow. With an emphasis on Europe's current constraints in
the Air Traffic Control situation, he stated: "Action has to be taken! The
European Union as an entity should take an active role and why not be the
Trendscouting being a core task of global businesses leads Star Alliance
to the conclusion that an integration of modern E-Business developments and
the necessity for seamless mobility for global citizens are key factors for
longterm success in the airline industry: "The Internet and the Airplane"
compares Jurgen Weber, Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa German
Airlines, "have already become matching companions of the 21st century....
Mobility is the lifeblood of our globalized economy. We have established Star
Alliance in order to make an important contribution to taking the whole world
Star Alliance groups together several of the world's leading airlines,
serving more than 815 destinations in over 130 countries. The members are Air
Canada, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Austrian Airlines Group (Austrian
Airlines, Lauda Air and Tyrolean Airways), Ansett Australia, British Midland,
Lufthansa German Airlines, Mexicana Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS),
Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, United Airlines and VARIG
SOURCE Star Alliance