Thursday, June 15, 2017

Star Alliance vents Air India worries

Cancun: Star Alliance, the global group of 28 airlines, today said the privatisation of Air India, which is its member, should not affect its network or lead to the "backdoor entry" of an airline into the alliance.

Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh said, "If the ownership and effective control of Air India is within the Star Alliance family, we don't have a problem with that.

"If, however, the ownership and effective control is outside Star Alliance, we will need to review the situation to see whether it is still compatible with our strategy.

"Because if particularly it's an airline (which takes over Air India), we don't want the acquisition of one of our members becoming a backdoor entry into Star Alliance," Goh said.
International Air Transport Association (IATA) chief Alexandre de Juniac parried questions on the proposals to privatise Air India, while observing that this was the second time such an announcement had been made.
15/06/17 PTI/Telegraph