Star Alliance

Founded in 1997, Frankfurt-based Star Alliance is the world's first global airline alliance. As of September 2012, full members comprised Adria Airways, Aegea Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Blue 1, Brussels Airlines, Copa, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair, Ethiopian Airlines, LOT Polish, Lufthansa, Scandianavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, TACA Airlines, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways International, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways.

Air China flight to New York turns back to Beijing after 'threat'

An Air China flight bound for New York was forced to return to Beijing more than three hours into its journey yesterday after a "threatening message" was received, the airline and state media said.

Thursday, 30 August, 2012, 4:04am

Rewards need right approach

Business travellers have been known to complain that air miles can be difficult to redeem, and on many discounted tickets they do not accrue at all.

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Direct link hopes boost mainland carriers

Talk of Air China seeking a stake in Shanghai Airlines helps drive share price rise

Shares of mainland carriers surged by up to 15 per cent yesterday on hopes that efforts to establish direct air links between the mainland and Taiwan would accelerate.

26 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Star Alliance adds two

Shanghai Airlines and Air China will officially join Star Alliance today in a bid to cut costs and improve service in Shanghai and Beijing, the most competitive aviation markets on the mainland.

12 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Mainland carriers told to improve profitability

A senior mainland government official yesterday reminded the country's airlines that they were in business to make money.

16 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Air China may yet join oneworld

Agreement with rival Star Alliance likely to be scrapped in share swap changes

The oneworld alliance, whose membership now looks likely to include Air China, generated sales of more than US$1.8 billion from interlining agreements last year as members took greater advantage of feeding passengers into each other's route networks.

6 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

The Interview

Benny Chia Chun-heng is the director of the Fringe Festival or, as we must now refer to it, the Star Alliance City Festival. The festival, which runs until the end of this month, has been part of the Hong Kong landscape for 18 years, and as often happens with a coming-of-age, has spruced itself up in quite a remarkable manner.

23 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Frankfurt sees air-cargo revival

Cargo traffic through Frankfurt Airport rose 5.4 per cent in January to 99,698 tonnes and 3.6 per cent in February to 105,774 tonnes, for cumulative two-month growth of 4.5 per cent to 205,472 tonnes.

A World Airport Week report said it compared with a 2.9 per cent fall in volumes to 1.3 million tonnes last year.

9 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Just fine

Footprint Handbooks has started to update its travel guides with colour photography, colour maps, and a new layout. Next month the British-based company will have a new Singapore guidebook in the shops.

23 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Flying in formation

The European Union's reluctant approval of what seems set to become one of the world's most powerful airline alliances shows the rate at which the industry is consolidating into a few mega-carriers.

10 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Star Alliance

Thai Airways International's partners in Star Alliance are seeking the lion's share of government stock in the airline when it comes on market next month, according to the national carrier's president.

Thamnoon Wanglee said the government hoped to raise five billion baht (about HK$930 million) by cutting its 93 per cent stake to 71.5 per cent.

7 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Gateway to China tops list

The influential five-airline alliance comprising international giants such as United Airlines and Lufthansa is understood to be targeting Asia to broaden its reach.

The alliance - announced last week and to be known as the Star Alliance - has so far brought together United, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Thai International and SAS.

21 May 1997 - 12:00am

Shanghai Airlines confirms orders for 11 Boeings

SHANGHAI Airline's chairman He Pengnian says his company will take delivery of four 767s and seven 757s between now and the year 2000 as previously agreed.

During the visit of United States Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, Mr He and the US envoy attended a ceremony marking the delivery of one of the previously-purchased Boeing 757s.

7 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Thai goes it alone

THAI International has unveiled the first details of its forthcoming frequent flyer programme, Royal Orchid Plus.

Its special offer will begin on July 1, clashing directly with the launch with Cathay Pacific, Malaysian Airlines System and Singapore Airlines' rival frequent flyer programme Passages.

5 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

Shanghai plans to buy Boeings

SHANGHAI Airlines, the regional carrier owned by China's biggest municipality, plans to acquire 15 Boeing airliners by 2000, the New China News Agency said yesterday.

A consortium made up of six Shanghai banks extended a US$22 million loan on Thursday for the purchase of the US-built jets, the state-run news agency said.

31 Jan 1993 - 12:00am