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Star Alliance

Star Alliance is one of the world's largest global airline alliances. Founded on
Star Alliance
14 May 1997, its current CEO is Jeffrey Goh[5] and its headquarters is located
in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.[3] As of November 2016, Star Alliance is the
largest global alliance by passenger count with 689.98 million, ahead of
SkyTeam (665.4 million) and Oneworld (557.4 million).[6][7] Its slogan is "The
Launch date 14 May 1997
Way The Earth Connects".
Full members 27
Star Alliance's 27 member airlines operate a fleet of approximately 4,657
Non-voting members 40 affiliates
aircraft, serve more than 1,330 airports in 192 countries and carry
Pending members 0
641.1 million passengers per year on more than 18,500 daily departures. The
alliance has a two-tier rewards program, Silver and Gold, with incentives Destination airports 1,330[1]
including priority boarding and upgrades. Like other airline alliances, Star Destination countries 192 [1]
Alliance airlines share airport terminals (known as co-location) and many Annual passengers (M) 689.98[2]
member planes are painted in the alliance's livery
Annual RPK (G) 1,364[1]
Fleet size 4,657 [1]
Headquarters Frankfurt am Main, Germany[3]
Contents Management Jeffrey Goh, CEO[4]
1 History
Calin Rovinescu, Chairman
1.1 19971999: First alliance Alliance slogan The Way the Earth Connects.
1.2 Additions
1.3 2000-2006: Expansion
1.4 2007: Tenth anniversary
1.5 20082010: Second decade of operations
1.6 2011-present: Further expansion and Stability
2 Member airlines and affiliates
2.1 Members and affiliates
3 Former members and affiliates
4 Customer service
4.1 Member hubs
4.2 Co-location at airports (under one roof)
4.3 Premiums
4.3.1 Star Alliance Silver
4.3.2 Star Alliance Gold
4.3.3 Qualifying tiers by airline

5 Livery and logo

6 References
7 External links


19971999: First alliance

On 14 May 1997, an agreement was announced forming Star Alliance from five airlines on three continents: Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways
International, Air Canada, Lufthansa, and United Airlines.[8][9] The alliance chose Young & Rubicam for advertising, with a budget of $25 million
(18 million).[10] The airlines shared the star logo from the beginning, with its five points representing the founding airlines. The alliance adopted its
first slogan, "The Airline Network for Earth",[8] with its goal "an alliance that will take passengers to every major city on earth".

The now defunct Brazilian airline VARIG joined the Star Alliance network[8][11] on 22 October 1997,
extending the alliance into South America. Also joining were Ansett Australia and Air New Zealand,
expanding Star Alliance to Australia and the Pacific.[12] With the addition of the latter two carriers, the
alliance served 720 destinations in 110 countries with a combined fleet of 1,650 aircraft. The next
airline to join was All Nippon Airways (ANA), the group's second Asian airline, on 15 October

Air Canada A330 painted Star 2000-2006: Expansion

Alliance livery.
During the early 2000s, a number of airlines joined Star Alliance; the Austrian Airlines Group
(Austrian Airlines, Tyrolean Airways and Lauda Air)
joined on 26 March 2000[15][16] and Singapore
Airlines on 1 April.[17] BMI (British Midland) and
Mexicana Airlines joined on 1 July, bringing the
alliance's membership to 13.[18] The addition of BMI
made London Heathrow the only European hub with
two alliances. During the year, Emirates considered
joining Star Alliance, but decided against it.[19] That
year the now-defunct BWIA West Indies Airways,
Lufthansa is one of the alliance's
Three United Planes atSan which had entered an alliance with United Airlines,
founding members.
Francisco International Airport. One considered becoming a member but did not.[20] In
is wearing Star Alliance Livery. 2000, the alliance also opened its first three business
centers (in Los Angeles, Frankfurt, and Bangkok) and
announced the formation of an Alliance Management
Team (AMT), the partnership's executive body.[21] In September 2001, Ansett Australia (the alliance's
only Australian member) left Star Alliance due to bankruptcy, giving most of the Australian market to
Qantas (a Oneworld member). That year, Star Alliance announced the appointment of a new CEO, Jaan

Asiana Airlines joined the alliance on 1 March 2003,[22] Spanair on 1 May,[23] and LOT Polish First Star Alliance logo, still in use
Airlines (Poland's flag carrier) in October.[24] Around this time, Mexicana Airlines left the alliance today
after deciding not to renew a codeshare agreement with United Airlines, later joining Oneworld.[21] US
Airways joined the alliance in May 2004,[25] becoming its second US-based airline. In November
Adria Airways, Blue1 and Croatia Airlines joined the alliance as its first three regional members.

Although Star Alliance invited Lineas Aereas Azteca in 2005 to join in mid-2007, the airline filed for
bankruptcy. TAP Air Portugal joined on 14 March 2005, adding African destinations to the
network.[27][28] In April 2006 Swiss International Air Lines, the alliance's sixth European airline, and
South African Airways(its first African carrier) became the 17th and 18th members.

2007: Tenth anniversary A South African Airways A340 in Star

Alliance Livery at Munich Airport
By May 2007, Star Alliance's 10th anniversary, its members had a combined 16,000 daily departures to
855 destinations in 155 countries and served 406 million passengers annually. The alliance introduced
Biosphere Connections, a partnership with UNESCO, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Ramsar Convention On
Wetlands to promote environmental sustainability

Today, nearly 30% of global air travellers use the services of our member carriers or, looking at it from an overall industry perspective, two
thirds of worldwide air travellers use one of the three airline alliances.

Jaan Albrecht, former Star Alliance CEO[32]

VARIG left the alliance on 31 January 2007,[33] and the two Chinese airlines,Air China and Shanghai Airlines joined on 12 December.[34]

20082010: Second decade of operations

On 1 April 2008, Turkish Airlines joined the alliance after a 15-month integration process beginning in December 2006, becoming its seventh European
airline[35] and 20th member. EgyptAir, Egypt's national airline and Star Alliance's second African carrier
, joined on 11 July 2008.[36]
On 27 October 2009, Continental Airlines became the
25th member of Star Alliance after leaving SkyTeam
three days earlier. According to alliance CEO Jaan
Albrecht, "Bringing Continental Airlines into Star
Alliance has been a truly unique experience. This is
the first time an airline has moved directly from one
alliance to another and I would like to thank all those
involved in ensuring a smooth switch". At the time, it
Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 in Aegean Airlines joined Star Alliance
was rumored that the switch was Continental's first
star Alliance livery in 2010
move in a planned United Airlines-Continental
merge.[37] Two months later, Brussels Airlines joined
the alliance.[38]

Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines joined Star Alliance on 13 May 2010,[39] increasing its foothold in South America.[40] Aegean Airlines, Greece's largest
airline by number of passengers, joined on 30 June.

Shanghai Airlines left the alliance on 31 October 2010 when it merged with China Eastern Airlines, a SkyTeam member.[42] On 29 September, the chief
executive board approvedEthiopian Airlines as Star Alliance's 30th member.[43] In 2010 the alliance flew to 1,172 airports in 181 countries, with about
21,200 daily departures.[43]

2011-present: Further expansion and Stability

Since 2011, the alliance has gained several large members but has lost others due to collapse or
mergers. In August 2011, after several delays, Air India was rejected for membership, although it
would eventually re-apply.[44][45] On 13 December 2011, Ethiopian Airlines joined, adding five
countries and 24 destinations to the alliance's map.

Star Alliance saw a tumultuous 2012-13, starting with two key departures but ending with a major
move into Latin America. In Europe, Spanair ceased operations, and BMI left after being acquired by
International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of Oneworld members Iberia and British
Airways.[47][48] In North America, Continental merged with United Airlines, reducing Star's Air India Boeing 787 in Star alliance
membership further, even if it effectively stayed in the alliance after the merger.[49] On 21 June,
though, Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines joined, massively increasing the alliance's Latin
American presence.[50] In November, Blue1 left after becoming an affiliate of parent Scandinavian Airlines.[51] and Shenzhen Airlines joined,
augmenting Air China's Chinese network.[52] Taiwanese carrier EVA Air then joined on 18 June 2013, and after TACA's integration into Avianca, the
alliance grew to 28 members, making it the largest of the three major airline alliances.[53][54] On 13 December, Air India was again invited to begin an
integration process with Star Alliance.[55]

Following this string of expansions, 2014 opened with two major departures through mergers. First, Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines merged with LAN
Airlines to become LATAM Airlines Group, leaving the alliance without a presence in the world's fifth-largest country.[56] Next, US Airways completed
its merger with American Airlines and also left the alliance.[57] Both parent companies stayed with Oneworld. On 24 June, though, the alliance finally
approved Air India which joined on 11 July, leaving the alliance at 27 members, where it stands today.[58][59][60][61]

Future expansion centers around the addition of Connecting Partners, subsidiaries or partners of alliance members which will add connectivity to the
alliance without becoming full members. Avianca Brazil joined in this way on 22 July 2015, bringing the alliance back into the Brazilian market
partially filling the void left by TAM.[62] South African Airways' low-cost subsidiary, Mango, was initially announced to join as a Connecting Partner in
Q3 2016[63] but has since been delayed. Juneyao Airlines, which codeshares with Shenzhen Airlines, joined as a Connecting Partner on 23 May 2017.

Member airlines and affiliates

Members and affiliates

Member Joined Affiliates

Adria Airways
Adria Airways[67] 18 November 2004 12

Aegean Airlines[67] 30 June 2010 47 Olympic Air

Air Canada
Air Canada[A][67] 14 May 1997 167 Express[B][D]
Air Canada Rouge

Air China[67] 12 December 2007 381 Dalian Airlines

Air India[67] 11 July 2014 114 Alliance Air

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand[67] 3 May 1999 103
Air Japan
All Nippon Airways[67] 15 October 1999 217 ANA Wings
Vanilla Air[K]

Air Seoul
Asiana Airlines[67] 28 March 2003 82
Air Busan

Austrian Airlines[67] 26 March 2000 81 N/A

Avianca Brazil
Avianca Costa Rica
Avianca Ecuador
Avianca El Salvador
Avianca[67] 21 June 2012 102
Avianca Guatemala
Avianca Honduras
Avianca Nicaragua
Avianca Peru

Brussels Airlines[67] 9 December 2009 48 N/A

Copa Airlines
Copa Airlines[67] 21 June 2012 89

Croatia Airlines[67] 18 November 2004 12 N/A

EgyptAir[67] 11 July 2008 67 EgyptAir Express

Ethiopian Airlines[67] 13 December 2011 82 N/A

Air Canada, Lufthansa,
EVA Air[67] 18 June 2013 70 UNI Air[L] Scandinavian Airlines, Thai
Airways International and United
LOT Charters Airlines are the five founding
LOT Polish Airlines[67] 26 October 2003 53
Nordica Airlines members of the alliance.
Lufthansa CityLine
Lufthansa[A][67] 14 May 1997 269
Air Dolomiti

14 May 1997 161

Shenzhen Airlines[67] 29 November 2012 172 Kunming Airlines[M]

Singapore Airlines[67] 1 April 2000 112

South African
South African Airways[67] 10 April 2006 54

Swiss International Air 1 April 2006 68 Swiss Global Air Lines

Lines[67] Edelweiss Air[O]
TAP Air Portugal[67] 14 March 2005 90 TAP Express

Thai Airways[A][67] 14 May 1997 95 Thai Smile[N]

Turkish Airlines[67] 1 April 2008 294

United Airlines[A][67] 14 May 1997 744 United Express[B][H]

A Founding member.
B Airlines operating under Air Canada Express, Air New Zealand Link, Cimber A/S,
Lufthansa Regional and United Express are not necessarily members of Star Alliance.
However, flights are operated on behalf of the respective member airlines, carry their
designator code and are Star Alliance flights.
C Members of Lufthansa Regional that are fully owned byDeutsche Lufthansa AG.
D Air Canada Express flights are operated by[68][69] Air Georgian, EVAS Air, Jazz
Aviation, Sky Regional Airlines.
E Air India Regional flights are operated byAlliance Air.
F Air New Zealand Linkflights are operated byAir Nelson and Mount Cook Airline. World map showing home countries of theairlines
G Lufthansa Regional flights are operated byAir Dolomiti and Lufthansa CityLine. in the three largest airline alliances: Star Alliance
H United Express flights are operated by Cape Air, CommutAir, ExpressJet Airlines, (grey), SkyTeam (blue) and Oneworld (purple) with
GoJet Airlines, Mesa Airlines, Republic Airlines, SkyWest Airlines and Trans States IATA codes of founding members outlined in red.
(In the SVG file, hover over a code to highlight its
I alliance; click to load its article.)
South African low-cost airline Mango will join the alliance as a Connecting Partner in
the third quarter of 2016.[63]
J SunExpress (owned by member airlines Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa) and SunExpress Deutschland (owned by SunExpress) is not part of Star
K Vanilla Air and Scoot are now part of Value Alliance.[70]
L UNI Air is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eva Air, although it is not a part of Star Alliance.
M Kunming Airlines is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shenzhen Airlines, although it is not a part of Star Alliance.
N Thai Smile is a subsidiary of Thai Airways but not a Star Alliance member
O .[71]
Edelweiss Air is a subsidiary of Swiss International Air Lines but not a Star Alliance member

Former members and affiliates

Former members

Former member Joined Exited Affiliates Notes

Left the
alliance on 12
2001 after
Aeropelican Air Services Ansett
Hazelton Airlines resumed
Ansett Australia 3 May 1999 12 September 2001
Kendell Airlines operations on
Skywest Airlines 1 October
2001, but
operations on
4 March
Left the
alliance on 1
2012 after
SAS took
over mainline
Blue1 3 November 2004 1 November 2012 N/A was a
affiliate of
Airlines, and
is now a part
Left the
alliance on 20
April 2012 as
a result of its
merger into
BMI Regional
British Midland International 1 July 2000 20 April 2012 International
Group, a
Merged with
Continental Connection United
Continental Airlines 27 October 2009 3 March 2012 Continental Express Airlines on 3
Continental Micronesia March
Left the
alliance in
2004 after
deciding not
to renew a
Mexicana 1 July 2000 31 March 2004 Aerocaribe alliance with
opting instead
to codeshare
with American
Shanghai Airlines 12 December 2007 31 October 2010 China United Airlines Left the
alliance on 31
October 2010
as a result of
its merger
with China
Airlines, a
Collapsed on
Spanair 1 May 2003 27 January 2012 AeBal 27 January
Merged with
Avianca on
TACA Airlines TACA Regional 27 May 2013;
21 June 2012 27 May 2013
Avianca El
Left the
alliance on 30
March 2014
as a result of
TAM Airlines 13 May 2010 30 March 2014 TAM Paraguay its merger
with LAN
Airlines, a
Left the
alliance on 30
March 2014
as a result of
US Airways Express
US Airways 4 May 2004 30 March 2014 its merger
US Airways Shuttle
with American
Airlines, a

Nordeste Ceased
VARIG Rio Sul operations on
22 October 1997 31 January 2007
20 July
Former affiliates of current members

Former affiliate Joined Left Affiliate of Notes

Air Canada
2001 2004 Air Canada Now part of Air Canada.[80]
Now known as Air Canada Express, a subsidiary of Air
Air Nova 1997 2001 Air Canada
All Nippon
Air Next 2004 2010 Now part of ANA Wings, a subsidiary of ANA.[82]
All Nippon
Air Nippon 1999 2012 Merged with ANA Wings.[82]
Branded as Air Canada Express, a subsidiary of Air
Air Ontario 1997 2001 Air Canada

Scandinavian [51][73]
Blue1 2012 2015 Now part of Cityjet after ceasing operations.

LOT Polish [83]

Centralwings 2004 2009 Now part of LOT Polish Airlines, ceased operations.
Cyprus Turkish
2008 2010 Turkish Airlines Now part of Turkish Airlines after going bankrupt.[84]

Korongo Airlines Brussels Airlines Now part of Brussels Airlines after not gaining enough
2009 2015

Lauda Air Austrian Airlines Replaced by Austrian Airlines operations, now known as
2000 2013
Austrian myHoliday.[86]
Lufthansa Italia 2009 2011 Lufthansa Now part of Lufthansa.[87]
United Shuttle 1997 2001 United Airlines Became part of United Airlines.[88]
Swiss Private Swiss International [89]
2007 2011 Absorbed into Swiss International Air Lines.
Aviation Air Lines
Tigerair 2003 2017 Merged with Scoot under Scoot brand.[90]
2000 2015 Austrian Airlines Now part of Austrian Airlines.[91]
ZIP 2002 2004 Air Canada Absorbed into Air Canada.[92]
TED 2004 2009 United Airlines Became part of United Airlines.[93]

Customer service
Codeshare flights of Star Alliance airlines are consistent. This cooperation led to suspicions of anti-competitive behavior; the alliance was suspected by
the European Union of being a virtual merger of its members, and speculation existed that if government regulations were relaxed the members would
merge into one corporation.[94]

Star Alliance developed a "regional" concept in 2004, which helped it penetrate markets with participation by smaller regional carriers. Regional Star
Alliance members had to be sponsored by an alliance member. The alliance no longer designates airlines as "regional" members, now referring to its 27
airlines as "members".[95]

In 2007, alliance members flew 18,521 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries with a fleet of 4,025 aircraft. Its members carried a total of
627.52 million passengers, with revenue of US$156.8 billion (145 billion). It had 28 percent of the global market based on revenue passenger
kilometers (RPK), greater than the combined market share of all airlines not in one of the three major alliances. All alliance carriers combined employed
over 405,000 pilots, flight attendants, and other staff. Star Alliance was voted best airline alliance in the Skytrax 2007 World Airline Awards.[96]

Member hubs
Members Hubs Focus cities

Adria Airways Ljubljana Joe Punik Airport[97] N/A

Chania International Airport

Athens International Airport Corfu International Airport
Aegean Airlines Thessaloniki International Airport Heraklion International Airport
Larnaca International Airport[98] Kalamata International Airport
Rhodes International Airport[98]

Calgary International Airport

MontralPierre Elliott Trudeau International Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Air Canada Airport Ottawa MacdonaldCartier International
Toronto Pearson International Airport Airport
Vancouver International Airport[99]
Beijing Capital International Airport
Air China Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport N/A
Shanghai Pudong International Airport[100]

Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International

Indira Gandhi International Airport
Air India Chennai International Airport
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Kempegowda International Airport
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport

Auckland Airport
Los Angeles International Airport
Air New Zealand Christchurch International Airport
Sydney Airport
Wellington International Airport
Kansai International Airport
Haneda Airport Chbu Centrair International Airport
All Nippon Airways
Narita International Airport New Chitose Airport
Osaka International Airport

Incheon International Airport Gimhae International Airport

Asiana Airlines
Gimpo International Airport Jeju International Airport

Austrian Airlines Vienna International Airport Innsbruck Airport

Juan Santamara International Airport

Alfonso Bonilla Aragn International Airport
El Dorado International Airport Jos Mara Crdova International Airport
Avianca El Salvador International Airport La Aurora International Airport
Jorge Chvez International Airport Augusto C. Sandino International Airport
Miami International Airport
So PauloGuarulhos International Airport

Brussels Airlines Brussels Airport N/A

Jos Mara Crdova International Airport

Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport
Tocumen International Airport
Copa Airlines Juan Santamara International Airport
El Dorado International Airport
La Aurora International Airport
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport

Dubrovnik Airport
Croatia Airlines Franjo Tuman Airport Split Airport
Zadar Airport
Borg El Arab Airport
EgyptAir Cairo International Airport Hurghada International Airport
Sharm El Sheikh International Airport

Ethiopian Airlines Bole International Airport N/A

Kaohsiung International Airport

EVA Air Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Suvarnabhumi Airport

Copernicus Airport Wrocaw

LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw Chopin Airport John Paul II International Airport Krakw-
Frankfurt Airport
Lufthansa N/A
Munich Airport

Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen Airport Bergen Airport, Flesland

Oslo Gardermoen Airport Gteborg Landvetter Airport
Stockholm Arlanda Airport Stavanger Airport, Sola
Trondheim Airport, Vrnes
Helsinki Airport

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Shenzhen Airlines Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport Nanning Wuxu International Airport
Shenyang Taoxian International Airport
Sunan Shuofang International Airport

Singapore Airlines Singapore Changi Airport N/A

South African Airways O.R. Tambo International Airport Cape Town International Airport

Swiss International Air

Zrich Airport Geneva Airport
Lisbon Portela Airport
TAP Air Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport
Porto Airport

Chiang Mai International Airport

Thai Airways Suvarnabhumi Airport Incheon International Airport
Phuket International Airport

Adnan Menderes Airport

Antalya Airport
Turkish Airlines Istanbul Atatrk Airport
Esenboa International Airport
Sabiha Gken International Airport

Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport

Denver International Airport
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Los Angeles International Airport
United Airlines Narita International Airport N/A
Newark Liberty International Airport
O'Hare International Airport
San Francisco International Airport
Washington Dulles International Airport

Co-location at airports (under one roof)

Star Alliance members Scandinavian

Airlines, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines
(with Star Alliance livery), andAir
China (in the field) using Terminal 3E
of Beijing Capital International Airport
as part of the "Move Under One
Roof" program to co-locate alliance
City Airport IATA Terminal Exceptions
Barcelona BCN Terminal 1
Prat Airport
Beijing PEK Terminal 3
Cairo International CAI Terminal 3
Chongqing CKG Terminal 2B
Delhi DEL Terminal 3
Dublin DUB Terminal 1 United Airlines (Terminal 2)
Frankfurt Terminal 1 "Star Alliance
Frankfurt FRA
Airport Terminal"
Hong Kong
Hong Kong International HKG Terminal 1 Thai Airways and Scandinavian Airlines (Terminal 2)
London Heathrow LHR Terminal 2
Terminal 1 (Lufthansa,
Manchester Eurowings, Austrian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United Airlines and Air Canada
Manchester, Ringway Scandinavian Airlines, Rouge (Terminal 2)
UK International Aegean Airlines, Turkish Adria Airways (Terminal 3)
Airport Airlines and Brussels
Mexico City MEX Terminal 1 Copa Airlines (Terminal 2)
Miami International MIA Concourse J United Airlines (Concourse G)
Munich MUC Terminal 2 Turkish Airlines (Terminal 1)
Turkish Airlines at Vnukovo International Airport
Adria Airways, Air China, LOT Polish Airlines and
Moscow International DME Terminal A
Airport Scandinavian Airlines at Sheremetyevo Airport

Charles de Air Canada and Ethiopian Airlines (Terminal 2A)

Paris Gaulle CDG Terminal 1 Air India (Terminal 2C)
Airport Austrian Airlines (Terminal 2D)
Phuket International HKT Terminal 1 Thai Airways International(partially in Terminal 2)
So Paulo
So Paulo GRU Terminal 3 Avianca and Copa Airlines (Terminal 2)
Seoul International ICN Concourse A Asiana Airlines (west side of main terminal)
Shanghai Shanghai PVG Terminal 2
Stockholm Arlanda ARN Terminal 5 Scandinavian Airlines domestic flights (Terminal 4)
Taipei TPE Terminal 2 Thai Airways International(Terminal 1)
Tokyo International NRT Terminal 1 South Wing Air India (Terminal 2)
Toronto YYZ Terminal 1
Vienna Austrian Star Alliance
Vienna International VIE Aegean Airlines and Turkish Airlines (Check-in 1)
Terminal (Check-in 3)[101]

Star Alliance has two premium levels (Silver and Gold), based on a customer's status in a member's frequent-flyer program. Member and regional
airlines recognize Star Silver and Gold status, with a few exceptions mostly pertaining to airport lounge access. Membership is based on the frequent-
flyer programs of the individual airlines. Many members have a premium status beyond Gold, which is not recognized across the alliance.

Star Alliance Silver

Star Alliance Silver status is given to customers who have reached a premium level of a member carrier's frequent-flyer program. Benefits are priority
reservation wait-listing and airport stand-by. Some airlines also offer priority airport check-in, baggage handling and boarding; preferred seating; an
additional checked-luggage allowance, and waived fees for two checked bags.

Star Alliance Gold

Star Alliance Gold status is given to customers who have reached a higher level of a member airline's frequent-flyer program. Benefits are priority
reservations wait-listing, airport stand-by and check-in and baggage handling; an additional checked luggage allowance of 20 kg (or one extra piece,
where the piece rule applies), and access to designated Star Alliance Gold lounges the day and place of departure with the presentation of a Star Alliance
boarding pass. Some airlines also offer preferred seating (an exit seat or a special section of the plane); guaranteed seating on fully booked flights,
subject to the booking class code and notice period, and free upgrades in the form of a voucher, certificate or automatic upgrade at check-in. United
restricts US lounge access for their Gold Members to long-haul international passengers; Gold members from other carriers are welcome in US lounges
run by United on all itineraries.

Qualifying tiers by airline

Star Silver Star Gold
Member airline Mileage program
(qualifying tiers) (qualifying tiers)
Austrian Airlines
Brussels Airlines
Croatia Airlines Miles & More Frequent Traveller
HON Circle
LOT Polish Airlines
Swiss International Air Lines
Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus Silver Gold
Elite 50K
Prestige 25K
Air Canada Aeroplan/Air Canada Altitude[102] Elite 35K
Elite 75K
Super Elite 100K
Air China Gold
Phoenix Miles Silver
Shenzhen Airlines Platinum
Golden Edge Club
Air India Flying Returns Silver Edge Club
The Maharajah Club[103]
Air New Zealand Airpoints Silver
Super Flyers
All Nippon Airways ANA Mileage Club Bronze Diamond
Asiana Airlines Asiana Club Gold Diamond Plus
Avianca LifeMiles Silver
Avianca Brazil Programa Amigo Silver
Copa Airlines ConnectMiles Silver Platinum
Presidential Platium
EgyptAir EgyptAir Plus Silver
Ethiopian Airlines Sheba Miles Silver Club Gold Club
Infinity MileageLands Gold
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands Infinity MileageLands Silver
Infinity MileageLands Diamond
Scandinavian Airlines EuroBonus Silver Diamond
Elite Gold
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Elite Silver PPS Club
Solitaire PPS Club
South African Airways Voyager Silver
TAP Air Portugal Victoria Silver Winner Gold Winner
Thai Airways International Royal Orchid Plus Silver Gold, Platinum
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Classic Plus
Elite Plus
Premier Gold
Premier Platinum
United Airlines MileagePlus Premier Silver
Premier 1K
Global Services

Livery and logo

Some Star Alliance members paint some of their aircraft with the alliance livery, usually a white fuselage with "Star Alliance" across it and a black tail
fin with the alliance logo; the color or design of the engine cowlings or winglets remains, depending on the member's livery. Singapore Airlines is the
only exception, formerly keeping its own logo on the tails of its aircraft but now using the Star Alliance logo on white tails. Asiana Airlines was the first
.[104] Aircraft painted in an airline's regular livery have the Star Alliance logo
Star Alliance member to paint its aircraft in the current Star Alliance livery
between the cockpit and the first set of cabin doors.

Egyptair Airbus A330 Turkish Airlines Airbus Air India Boeing 787-8 Thai Airways
with Star Alliance livery A340 with alliance livery with special Star Alliance International Airbus A330
livery with Star Alliance livery

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