If wishes were horses, beggars would fly, and if Air India had its wish, Star Alliance would offer a membership invite to the carrier! If may be a crude way of putting things across but reports floating in the Indian media hint at the same.
India’s Economic Times (a leading financial daily) reports that country’s state-run carrier is still hopeful of landing a spot with one of the world’s most prestigious airline groups, Star Alliance even as the group overlooked the application a year ago.
AI, a popular option among those taking outbound and inbound flights to India, is strongly pursuing a membership with the Lufthansa-led grouping.
Reports say that Jet Airways has also applied with the government for permission to join the group that has Singapore Airlines, SWISS and Air China as its members. However, this isn’t discouraging AI from keeping hopes high.
In Economic Times’ report, AI’s Chairman and Managing Director Rohit Nandan was found advocating for the cause and emphasising that AI is “as good as any of its members,”
For travellers, it would surely be great news in case Air India manages to breakthrough. A host of services and conveniences would be available to them in case they seek flights with the Indian carrier. Seamless flights transfers and the availability of facilities at airports are other incentives waiting for travellers picking flights if and when AI becomes a member of the group.
Star Alliance network offers more than 21,200 daily flights in 193 countries, and is likely to append to AI’s passenger traffic on flights.