Understanding the three main airline alliances

Airline alliances are formed by several airlines to synergise and provide a better network of connectivity to travellers. The three main alliances that will be detailed in this post represent the largest ones in the world (which are pretty much all that matter). They are, in no particular order, Star Alliance, SkyTeam and Oneworld.

While airlines benefit via code-sharing agreements (airlines sharing planes), cost savings on sales offices, maintenance and operational functions, they are then able to pass these on in part to travellers. Some of the benefits that travellers get are lower air fares, more options of departure times, shorter travel times (as a result of shorter transits), more airport lounges and unified mileage rewards (accumulate miles from all the alliance airlines).

Star Alliance
Adria Airways
Aegean Airlines
Air Canada
Air China
Air New Zealand
ANA
Asiana Airlines
Austrian
Avianca AV, TACA Airlines
Brussels Airlines
Copa Airlines
Croatia Airlines
EGYPTAIR
Ethiopian Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines
Lufthansa
Scandinavian Airlines
Shenzhen Airlines
Singapore Airlines
South African Airways
SWISS
TAM Airlines
TAP Portugal
THAI
Turkish Airlines
United
SkyTeam
Aeroflot
Aerolineas
Aeromexico
Air Europa
Air France
Alitalia
China Airlines
China Eastern
China Southern
Czech Airlines
Delta Air Lines
Kenya Airways
KLM
Korean Air
Middle East Airlines
Saudia
TAROM
Vietnam Airlines
Xiamen Air
Oneworld
airberlin
American Airlines
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Finnair
Iberia
Japan Airlines
LAN
Malaysia Airlines
Qantas
Royal Jordanian
S7 Airlines
US Airways

 

Airline Alliances

2 Comments

  1. paul nelson - October 20, 2014

    please can you update your alliance list? US Air are now part of One World!

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