Indian national carrier Air India is all set to join the Star Alliance that is a group of 17 international airlines. Further, the talks are ongoing on with Jet Airways also for signing on a similar pact.
Jaan Albrecht, chief executive of Star alliance said that Air India had probably a board meeting with the Star Alliance to discuss about the participation on the agenda.
During the occasion of a seminar to mark the 10th anniversary of Star Alliance called the “Asia Forum 2007: The Future of Aviation”, Albrecht said that the indications showed that they are interested to take participation with Star Alliance.
He said further that the merger of the two state-run entitities was a precondition of the possible participation and the government has approved the merger.
The Star Alliance is the largest airline alliance in the world that was established in 1997. It has 17 members with the total revenue of more than $114 billion. The Star Alliance serves 855 airports in 155 countries with 16,500 flights per day.
Jaan Albrecht said that the Star alliance has appointed a project manager only for India to talk to different airlines and airports in India to co-allocate Star Alliance member airlines at one terminal. The internal discussions with Jet Airways are going on to take him in the alliance too, but the final decision will depend the shape of Sahara-Jet merger.
Skyteam and Oneworld are the main contenders of the Star Alliance. There is a great competition between Albrecht said Star Alliance to bring Air India in their group. The major factors behind India’s importance are the growing aviation market and the access to India’s fast-expanding domestic and international network.