The new three-times-weekly service will be South African Airways’ first-ever service to China. SAA will operate the flights with Airbus A340-600s.

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At a ceremony held at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport on December 13, the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board has welcomed Ethiopian Airlines as the alliance’s third carrier based on the African continent.

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Air China is launching four-times-weekly, non-stop service between Beijing and Copenhagen on June 2, 2012, using Airbus A330-200s.

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On August 1, 2012, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport will become the first airport in Texas to receive Airbus A380 scheduled service, when Lufthansa upgrades the aircraft type it uses to operate its daily Houston-Frankfurt flight.

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Ethiopian Airlines and Singapore Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement, which will take effect on November 1.

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Air China, Austrian and Lufthansa will be the first Star Alliance member carriers to install the new economy-class seats on their long-haul fleets. Deliveries of the seats from B/E Aerospace are scheduled to begin in 2012.

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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.

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The Chinese carrier will become Star Alliance’s 32nd member and will add five new destinations to the alliance’s network in China: Juzhou in Zhejiang Province, Linyi, Qinhuangdao, Shijiazhuang, and Zhoushan.

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Air China’s A330-200 Business Class cabin revamp includes upgrading each seat to a 180-degree, fully lie-flat bed and improving the in-flight entertainment system at each seat.

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From June 23, Singapore Airlines’ customers from the Belgian city of Brussels can fly to Singapore and beyond via three European hubs through a codeshare agreement with SIA’s Star Alliance partner Brussels Airlines.

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Through US Airways Express franchisee Air Wisconsin, US Airways has begun three-times-daily, year-round service from its transatlantic gateway at Philadelphia International Airport to Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport.

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Star Alliance members Continental Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines have started codesharing on flights between select destinations in the United States and Europe.

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When traveling on Air Canada, TAM and US Airways, frequent flyers on the Star Alliance network can now use their mileage points from other Star carriers to upgrade their seat class.

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South African Airways’ service linking New York and Johannesburg will now operate non-stop from Johannesburg to New York, resulting in the fastest way to travel between New York and Southern Africa.

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Star Alliance members Continental Airlines and Spanair are to begin codesharing on flights across the Atlantic and to destinations in Spain and Africa.

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Scandinavian Airlines has published the seventh addition of its annual ‘SAS Crew Guide’, a handily pocket-sized guidebook consisting of flight- and cabin-crew recommendations for accommodation, shopping, dining, sightseeing and nightlife in many of the cities served by SAS and its partner airlines in Star Alliance.

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Singapore Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement that will begin on December 1.

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We revealed on October 27, 2009 that Star Alliance was in discussions with both Copa Airlines and Avianca-TACA over potential membership in the alliance.

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Continental Airlines is moving its Toronto operations from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 at Lester B. Pearson Airport from November 2, to locate its operation in the same terminal as fellow Star Alliance members, including United and Air Canada.

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