Greek Airline Aegean Airlines officially joined the Star Alliance Airline
Network at a ceremony in Athens.
Aegean is now the 28 member of the Star Alliance and their joining comes
just months after Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines joined the alliance in May.
The full media release from the Star Alliance can be read below:
AEGEAN AIRLINES JOINS STAR ALLIANCE NETWORK
Greece to the World
to Greek Vacation Hotspots
Greece – June 30th, 2010 – At a ceremony held in Athens today, Aegean
Airlines was accepted into the Star Alliance network as the 28th
Vassilakis, Chairman of Aegean Airlines said: “Joining Star Alliance is an honour
and a great opportunity for Aegean. As of today our customers will enjoy
recognition, loyalty benefits and end-on-end global service that Star Alliance
is renowned for. At the same time, there will be a ‘star’ on the map, showing
that services and access to Greece have been significantly upgraded.”
Aegean Airlines completed the integration and systems upgrade process in
a short 12 months, following its acceptance as future member in May 2009.
Alliance said: “AEGEAN brings a wealth of experience and an extensive domestic and
international route network to the alliance family. For alliance members, Greece is an
important travel market where Athens can be built into a major hub airport with
growing connection traffic. It has already become an important player in the
Southeast European area and we fully expect entry into Star Alliance will
support its further development.”
Connecting Greece to the World
Greece is of
strategic importance due to its geographic position in the eastern
Mediterranean, acting as the main southeastern access point into the European
Union. With AEGEAN, the Star Alliance network to/from/within Greece now covers
more than 1,500 weekly flights to 69 destinations in 27 countries.
the large Greek communities spread across more than 100 countries – such as the U.S, the
U.K., Australia, Germany and Canada – now enjoy the advantages provided by an airline
alliance when visiting friends and families.
business community in Greece will now be able to make use of Star Alliance
Frequent Flyer benefits both on domestic flights, as well as on multiple
carrier itineraries when travelling across Europe and overseas.
also an important meetings and conventions market. Hence, the inclusion of
AEGEAN into both Star Alliance Convention Plus and Meetings Plus will provide
for new business opportunities.
to Greek Vacation Hotspots
undoubtedly one of the most sought after vacation destinations. Not only will
AEGEAN provide seamless travel to over 17 domestic destinations, but through
the inclusion of these in the Star Alliance Europe Airpass, as well as in the
very popular Round-the-World fare, flights to these destinations are now
available at very attractive prices. By
the same token, Frequent Flyers can redeem their miles to travel to this wide
array of new destinations in the Star Alliance network.
Publicly listed Aegean Airlines began operations some 11 years ago and
now operates a fleet of 30 aircraft covering a total of 54 domestic and
international routes on more than 150 daily flights. Specifically, 26 routes in
Greece are covered, as well as another 28 international routes. Since 2008,
AEGEAN has become the largest Greek airline in terms of passengers.
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in
1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach,
recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been
recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market
Leadership Award, Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and
Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada,
Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, bmi,
Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, LOT Polish
Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore
Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal,
Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Air India has been announced as
a future member. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers over 21,200 daily
flights to 1,172 airports in 181 countries.
About Aegean Airlines:
Aegean Airlines is the largest Greek carrier, carrying 6.6 million
passengers in 2009, an increase of 10% over 2008. After taking delivery
of 22 new Airbus A320/321, the company operates a fleet of 30 aircraft.
Within its ten year scheduled services history AEGEAN has been awarded six
times by the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) in recognition of its
operating performance, commercial success and commitment to customer comfort
and satisfaction. Additionally, AEGEAN has been repeatedly awarded by the
Athens International Airport as the single largest contributor to the airport’s
passenger growth. AEGEAN has also received the Skytrax World Airline award as
the best regional airline in Europe for 2009. In February 2010 the shareholders
of Aegean and recently privatized and re-fleeted Olympic Air entered into an
agreement that, once approved by EC authorities, will eventually lead to the
merging of the two companies.