21 DECEMBER 2015
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Star Alliance is expanding its reach with the launch of a Connecting Partners concept where routes operated by low-cost and hybrid airlines will be able to connect to the group’s network. South Africa’s Mango Airlines has been chosen as the first carrier to be featured.
Alliance CEO Mark Schwab said the group could see “a definite trend of convergence” between traditional full-service airlines and low-cost business models in the airline industry. “Our customers are telling us they need access to markets where we do not yet provide ideal coverage,” he added.
“In many cases, network carriers are not in a position to fill this gap and hence working with future Connecting Partners will allow us to provide an extended network to our travellers.”
Connecting Partners will be assessed before being selected. They will need to comply and adhere to the operating standard required by the alliance but will not become full members.
Passengers on itineraries which include transfers between an alliance member airline and a Connecting Partner will be offered alliance benefits such as passenger and baggage through check-in.
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