According to Star Alliance, the decision is due to the fact that Air India has not met the minimum joining conditions that were...

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.

India's two state-owned airlines, Air India and Indian Airlines, completed a long-planned merger on February 27, 2011. The merger adds Indian Airlines' fleet of Airbus A320-family single-aisle aircraft to Air India's fleet of widebody Boeing aircraft and low-cost subsidiary Air India Express' fleet of Boeing 737-800s. Seen in this photograph is an Air India/Indian Airlines A319 in the carrier's latest livery. The aircraft is branded 'Indian' on the right side of its fuselage

“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.

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