Star Alliance announced (29-Mar-2012) that its chief executive board (CEB) has unanimously accepted the membership application of EVA Air. Since its founding nearly 15 years ago, Star Alliance has progressively built its presence in Asia Pacific and will have eight member carriers based in this region by mid-2013. The integration process will now begin, with the respective teams at EVA Air and Star Alliance commencing the work which needs to be completed before a new airline can join the network. Air China will be assisting in this process as the mentor airline. EVA Air's network of around 60 destinations will add Kaohsiung in Taiwan and Surabaya in Indonesia as unique airports to the Star Alliance network. [more - original PR] [more - CAPA Analysis] [more - original PR - SAS]
Star Alliance: “EVA Air is a very good fit for Star Alliance as the airline will add many new routes to our global network, with a specific focus on the growing Far East aviation market. This will increase the choice for our customers and is in line with our mission of being the leading global airline alliance for the international traveller,” Mark Schwab, CEO. Source: Company statement, 29-Mar-2012.
EVA Air: “After careful evaluation we concluded that Star Alliance offers the best match for EVA Air. Our networks complement each other and we will expand the existing Alliance flight options in the growing cross-straits market. We look forward to significant synergy in both service enhancement and expansion of our customer base. In addition, our partnership with Air China makes the Star Alliance especially attractive to us”, James Jeng, Chairman. Source: Company statement, 29-Mar-2012.