India’s public domain airways, Air India is going through the final phases of technology integration to become a full member of the World’s largest flight companies alliance, The Star group. The integration will result in a seamless travel experience for international travelers using AI, better facilities at airports, and also improved in flight experience.
Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab appreciated the efforts put up by AI CMD Rohit Nandan after the Indian carriers attempts entry into the alliance three years ago was rejected. Schwab has also announced that the CEOs of all consortium partners will meet in London late June and formally announce the inclusion of AI. “Once all airline endorse the move, AI should be in Star by July. We conducted a safety review of AI and are very pleased with the results. We are very happy with the progress made by AI,” Schwab said.
The Star Alliance has been searching for a strong India carrier to effectively counter the aggressive activity of Gulf carriers like Etihad and Emirates.
AI CMD Rohit Nandan has said that AI will bring its services on par with Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa. While the connectivity issues with other airlines and entertainment options in flight are being improved, the service oriented issues are already on par, opined Nandan. “We are aiming to delight our guests. AI has what it takes to be among the best airlines in the world and it will get there,” said Nandan.
Star Alliance is presently having 37% of market share currently, followed by the One World alliance and SkyTeam alliance having 8% each. About three crore seventy lakh Indian travelers fly in and out of the country every year,the number growing constantly.