Ethiopian Airlines became (13-Dec-2011) the 28th member of Star Alliance on 13-Dec-2011. The Addis Ababa Bole Airport-based carrier is the third African airline to join the alliance, following EgyptAir and South African Airways. With the addition of Ethiopian Airlines, the Star network now offers a choice of more than 21,000 daily services to 1290 destinations in 189 countries. Through the membership, Ethiopian Airlines' ShebaMiles participants can now earn miles when travelling on any Star member carrier, with the collected miles counting towards achieving ShebaMiles Sliver Club or Gold Club status. All collected miles can be redeemed for services operated by any Star member carrier. Ethiopian will also begin participating in the various Star Alliance fare products as of 01-Jan-2012. Ethiopian was accepted as a member to the alliance in Sep-2010. [more - original PR Star Alliance] [more - original PR Sabre] [more - original PR] [more - original PR Ethiopian Airlines] [more - CAPA Analysis]
Ethiopian Airlines joins Star Alliance
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