has introduced additional amenities to provide more benefits for our customers in 2014. The world’s largest airline network
now offers new airport lounges
, a new iPad® app
and new global carriers. Our MileagePlus®
members can also earn and use award miles for any flight on United or any other Star Alliance member airline, and Premier®
members are eligible for even more benefits.
The Star Alliance network is the leading global airline network, with the highest number of member airlines, daily flights, destinations and countries flown to. It was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer customers convenient worldwide reach and a smoother travel experience.
New lounges with a local flavor
Customers with Star Alliance Gold status
flying internationally on a Star Alliance member-operated flight, and international First class and international Business class travelers can enjoy access to more than 1,000 airport lounges around the world.
In 2013, Star Alliance launched the first of its new generation of lounges
in Buenos Aires with décor inspired by the Argentinian countryside. Guests reported that the relaxing surroundings and modern facilities make for a unique and memorable airport experience. United offers daily non-stop service to Buenos Aires via
our Houston hub.
Star Alliance on your iPad
Star Alliance launched the Star Alliance Navigator iPad app
in May 2013 to provide easy access to its products and services from anywhere. In July, the app received the prestigious Red Dot Award for its benchmark-setting design, customer experience and technology. The hallmark of the app is its animated and interactive 3D globe, which illustrates Star Alliance’s extensive network of daily flights. Using the app, customers can access travel services such as “Flight Search,” which provides flight schedules for all member carriers; “Flight Status” to track flights; and “Lounge Finder” to find details about all Star Alliance and member airlines’ airport lounges around the world. In addition, the unique “My Trip” feature allows customers to store and monitor their Star Alliance flight itineraries. You can download the Star Alliance app via www.staralliance.com or from iTunes®.
Celebrating our first and our latest Star Alliance partnerships
From a founding partnership with Lufthansa
to the recent addition of EVA Air
to Star Alliance, we continue to increase our global flight selections.
Since its founding,Star Alliance has expanded its service and now operates
to more than 1,300 airports around the globe.
Last fall we also celebrated a historical first: the 20th anniversary of our partnership with Lufthansa. On October 4, 1993, we laid the foundation for Star Alliance when we inked an agreement that established a comprehensive cooperation between our two airlines. Together, we now offer nearly 1,600 daily codeshare flights to more than 220 destinations.
provides great value to our customers,” said Hershel Kamen, Senior Vice President
of Alliances, Regulatory and Policy.
In June, EVA Air became the most recent member airline to
join Star Alliance, strengthening our service offerings in Asia and the Pacific.
At the joining ceremony at Taiwan Taoyuan International
Airport (TPE), Mark Schwab, Star
Alliance CEO, said, “With the
addition of EVA Air we further cement our position of providing the
strongest network on an international scale to, from and within this ever-growing
region. We are looking forward to welcoming new customers and serving more
travelers on the expanding cross-straits market.”