It's been 15 years since Star Alliance counted an Aussie airline among its members, following the collapse of Ansett in 2001, but the global airline family still champions its leadership position in Australian skies.
"December's launch of daily Sydney-Haneda flights by ANA means we now have 11 members airlines flying into Australia" says Tim Clyde-Smith, Chair of the local Star Alliance Country Steering Committee, "which makes us the largest alliance represented in Australia."
Each of those 11 airlines puts its own hub within a single flight for Australian business travellers, "and so with ANA relaunching here we now have access to have a hub in Japan" Smith adds.
"Combined with other hubs such as Beijing through Air China and Seoul with Asiana and we believe we've got Asia wrapped up in terms of coverage."
Local Star Alliance members are also ramping up their activities in 2016, starting this month with United upgrading its Sydney flights to a Boeing 787, while Air Canada will launch a daily Boeing 787 service between Brisbane and Vancouver from June.
"With United flying out of Sydney and Melbourne, and Air Canada out of Sydney and Brisbane, we have direct flights from Australia's east coast to two hubs on the west coast of North America" Smith explains.
Hola, South America
Air New Zealand's direct flights from Auckland to Buenos Aires which kicked off in December 2015 have also filled something of a southern hemisphere gap for Star Alliance, Smith says, feeding Australians and Kiwis into South America, which is where member airline Avianca takes over "and opens up South America enormously", which can in turn boost the score for round-the-world trips.
Thai Airways also plans to bring its new Airbus A350 onto the Melbourne-Bangkok route from July, and of course Singapore Airlines will begin direct flights between Canberra and Singapore (as well as a trans-Tasman leg between Canberra and the NZ capital Wellington) from September 20, with an initial schedule of four flights per week on a Boeing 777.
On top of the 11 Star Alliance airlines flying out of Australia, Smith cites Lufthansa, Swiss and SAS as popular choices for flights to Europe from their Asian ports of Singapore and Hong Kong.
Singapore Airlines will chase an even greater share of the Australian market this year through a joint venture with Lufthansa and Swiss, which is intended to offer more flexible flight times and better connections on key European routes.
Star Alliances helps play match-maker when it comes to inter-alliance partnerships and co-operative agreements "to make sure you can get to your destination fastest using Star Alliance connections" by cutting down on transit time as well as making best use of facilities such as Gold Track express lanes and shared airport lounges.
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