The world’s first and biggest international airline alliance,
headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; led by
current CEO Mark Schwab.
Founded in 1997; its name and symbol represent the five
founding airlines: Scandinavian Airlines, Thai Airways
International, Air Canada, Lufthansa, and United Airlines.
Has since expanded significantly, with 28 full member
airlines and over 21,100 daily departures put together;
these flights reach 1,329 airports in over 150 countries,
with a yearly passenger number of 678.5 million.
Annual passengers (M)
Annual RPK (G)
14 May 1997
Mark Schwab (CEO), Calin Rovinescu
The Way The Earth Connects
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
These airlines are full Star Alliance
members (*founding member):
Adria Airways (joined 2004)
Aegean Airlines (joined 2010)
Air Canada* (joined 1997)
Air China (joined 2007)
Air New Zealand (joined 1999)
All Nippon Airways (joined 1999)
Asiana Airlines (joined 2003)
Austrian Airlines (joined 2000)
Avianca (joined 2012)
Brussels Airlines (joined 2009)
Copa Airlines (joined 2012)
Croatia Airlines (joined 2004)
EgyptAir (joined 2008)
Ethiopian Airlines (joined 2011)
EVA Air (joined 2013)
LOT Polish Airlines (joined 2003)
Lufthansa* (joined 1997)
Scandinavian Airlines* (joined 1997)
Shenzhen Airlines (joined 2012)
Singapore Airlines (joined 2000)
South African Airways (joined 2006)
Swiss International Air Lines (joined 2006)
TAM Airlines (joined 2010)
TAP Portugal (joined 2005)
Thai Airways International* (joined 1997)
Turkish Airlines (joined 2008)
United Airlines* (joined 1997)
US Airways (joined 2004)
Air India (joining 2014)
Avianca Brazil (joining 2014)
Some members of Star Alliance paint some of their aircraft in Star
Alliance livery, which generally features a white fuselage with
the “Star Alliance” signature written across and a black tailfin
with the Star Alliance logo; the color or design of the engine
cowlings or winglets depends on a specific member’s livery.
The only exception is Singapore Airlines, which once chose to
paint the aircraft’s tails with the airline logo, and now applies the
Star Alliance logo on the black tailfin painting, leaving the front
The first Star Alliance airline to paint its aircraft in the current
Star Alliance livery was Asiana Airlines.
Aircraft painted in the airlines’ own livery have the Star Alliance
logo painted between the cockpit and the front door.
The Star Alliance logo has a width of 70 cm (28 in.).
80 aircraft are currently painted in Star Alliance livery.
Star Alliance website: http://www.staralliance.com/en/
Star Alliance 28 Members Flight Stimulator 2004:
Happy 15th Anniversary Star Alliance: May 14, 2012: