Star Alliance Introduces Circle Pacific Fare

Pacific Product Joins Growing Roster of Star Alliance Fare Offerings,

Including Round-the-World Travel and European and North American Airpasses

Oct 01, 2002, 01:00 ET from Star Alliance

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Star Alliance(TM), the world's leading
 airline alliance, today launched a new fare product that makes traveling the
 Pacific more attractive than ever before.  The Star Alliance Circle Pacific
 Fare provides an easy and cost-effective way to explore the vast Pacific
 region for up to six months on a mileage based ticket involving a combination
 of Star Alliance member airlines.
     Destinations throughout the region served by Star Alliance airlines and
 available for travel on the Circle Pacific Pass include fascinating and exotic
 locales ranging from Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines to the Cook
 Islands, Fiji, Western Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga.  The Star Alliance Circle
 Pacific Fare is available for travel in first, business and economy class for
 trips with a maximum mileage of either 22,000 or 26,000 miles.
     Fares are determined by the mileage category, class of travel and
 origin/destination of the itinerary, plus applicable taxes and fees.  As an
 example, a 22,000-mile Circle Pacific Fare for travel in economy class from/to
 the West Coast of the United States is currently available for US $2,688, plus
 taxes and fees.  A similar trip from/to the West Coast of Canada is available
 for CAN $3,269.
     In addition, members of a Star Alliance airline frequent flyer program --
 such as United Airlines' Mileage Plus program or Air Canada's Aeroplan -- will
 be able to accrue miles or points with the new airpass, which is valid for
 travel on Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA All Nippon Airways, Singapore
 Airlines, Thai Airways International, United Airlines and VARIG Brazilian
     "We have designed this new product for people who want to explore the
 world but not necessarily on a sweeping round the world expedition," explained
 Rainer Dittrich, Director, Revenue Management, Star Alliance.  "The Star
 Alliance Circle Pacific Fare nicely complements our other fare offerings such
 as the Star Alliance Round-the-World fare and the regional airpasses we have
 developed for Europe as well as for North America and the Caribbean," he said.
     Travel on a Star Alliance Circle Pacific Fare can be booked through any
 Star Alliance member airline reservation office or local travel agency.
     Travel must include one North Pacific and one South Pacific crossing, and
 Australia/New Zealand and Canada/USA must be included the itinerary.  A
 minimum of three stopovers is required, and as a general rule each city may
 only be visited once.  Travel has to commence and terminate in the same
 Pacific Rim country.  For travel to/from/via the USA or Canada, only the
 following cities may be included in the itinerary:  Los Angeles, San
 Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas, Honolulu and Vancouver.  Additional conditions
 may apply.  Please visit or consult a Star Alliance
 member airline reservation office or travel agent for further details.
     Star Alliance was established in May 1997 as the first truly global
 airline alliance to provide customers the benefits of global reach and a
 smooth travel experience.  The member airlines are Air Canada, Air New
 Zealand, All Nippon Airways -- ANA, Austrian Airlines, bmi british midland,
 Lauda Air, Lufthansa German Airlines, Mexicana, SAS Scandinavian Airlines,
 Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International, Tyrolean Airways, United
 Airlines and VARIG Brazilian Airlines.
     Asiana Airlines of South Korea, LOT Polish Airlines and Spain's Spanair
 are scheduled to join Star Alliance in 2003.  The future member carriers will
 further enhance the Star Alliance network, which currently serves 729 airports
 in 124 countries with almost 11,000 daily flights.  Additional information is
 available at .
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