The member airlines of the Star Alliance and Air India have decided to suspend the integration of Air India into Star Alliance.
According to Star Alliance, the decision is due to the fact that Air India has not met the minimum joining conditions that were contractually agreed in December 2007.
Following a recent review of the status of Air India’s application at a meeting held between the Indian Ministry for Civil Aviation, Star Alliance CEO Jaan Albrecht and Air India’s Managing Director Arvind Jadhav, the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board has confirmed the decision taken at that meeting to suspend integration of Air India into the alliance.
“With the collective decision to put the integration efforts on hold today we aim to contribute to Air India’s flexibility to concentrate on its ongoing strategic reorientation,” says Albrecht. “In this process our member carriers will continue to provide assistance to Air India wherever required.”
Star Alliance says Air India’s existing bilateral relationships with the alliance’s member airlines are not affected by the decision.
According to Star Alliance, the decision to suspend Air India’s integration does leave room to discuss its potential membership at a future stage, if deemed appropriate by both parties.
Most, if not all, other previously approved applicants to join Star Alliance have completed the joining process within two years of the Star Alliance members voting to approve the prospective new members’ applications.