SYDNEY, Australia – Star Alliance, the world’s longest serving and most comprehensive airline alliance, has been named Best Airline Alliance by Australian Business Traveler.
Australian Business Traveler Editor David Flynn said the inaugural awards program recognised “trend-setters and game-changers in the highly-competitive business travel market”.
“With 28 member airlines under its wing, Star Alliance can take business travelers almost everywhere they need to go,” said Flynn. “Our readers especially value unique benefits such as the ability to use frequent flyer points or miles to upgrade across all member airlines.
“Star Alliance is also continuing to find new ways to enhance the business travel experience – from its growing network of branded airport lounges and the opening of the state-of-the-art Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport, to the ongoing roll-out of Gold Track priority lanes that allow travelers to move through airport security more smoothly.”
“With ANA flying to Australia later this year and with Turkish Airlines planning to fly to Australia as soon as possible, subject to fleet availability and other operational considerations, Star Alliance will be an even better option for Australian business travelers.”
Currently 10 Star Alliance member airlines operate services to Australia, including: Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Asiana Airlines, EVA Air, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, THAI and United. A number of offline members are also active in the market, including, Austrian, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines and SWISS.
Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance commented that the Best Airline Alliance Award was testament to the dedication of Star Alliance member airlines in Australia.
“We are delighted to win this important award. With more airlines serving this market than any other alliance we offer our customers a significant choice of flights and transfer connections. It shows that by working together, even without a domestic presence in Australia, our member carriers can deliver genuine benefits to the country’s international business travellers.”
Australian Business Traveler Awards were judged by a panel of business travel experts, with honours presented across 33 categories, including first class suites and business class seats, airport lounges, frequent flyer programs, inflight food and wine and travel technology.