July 15, 2014
Air India became the 27th member of Star Alliance on 11 July in an official ceremony at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in Delhi, India.
An earlier invitation for Air India to join Star was extended in late 2007, but was later withdrawn after the airline failed to meet the minimum criteria to join.
The business environment has changed since then. Air India showed signs of stability while European airlines lost market share to Middle Eastern carriers, and Star approached Air India again in December 2013. Air India has met 221 of the 226 requirements to join the alliance, Air India chairman and managing director Rohit Nandan told IHS Jane's a few days before the ceremony. More on ...IHS Janes...