Star Alliance has announced that its Chief Executive Board has unanimously accepted the membership application of Eva Air. This decision underscores the alliance’s long-term strategy of seeking network growth and providing access to new regions that show strong economic potential and development.
“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”, said Mark Schwab, Chief Executive of Star Alliance.
Through its future membership in Star Alliance, Eva Air plans to offer its customers access to a global network, along with seamless travel and status recognition within the various member carrier frequent flyer programmes.
“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,” said James Jeng, Chairman, Eva Air. “We look forward to significant synergy in service enhancement and expansion of our customer base. In addition, our partnership with Air China makes the Star Alliance especially attractive to us.”
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. In addition, Taiwan’s geographic location adds to the quality of the Star Alliance hubs in Asia, as it has the shortest average distance to all major cities in the Asia-Pacific region. In total, the network of 30 airlines (the current 26 and four future members) will offer more than 22,000 daily flights to 1,345 destinations in 191 countries.