Air India was invited to join Star Alliance in late 2007, and all sorts of problems with the carrier have continually pushed off the joining date.
Apparently, however, now that Air India and Indian Airlines are operating jointly under the Air India code, they’ve finally met the minimum joining requirements.
Last May Air India’s entry was put off – yet again – “until March 2011.” That deadline unsurprisingly passed.
It sounds as though their joining may finally be imminent, which is all well and good though I’m not especially excited about the prospect of reciprocal earn and burn with them (though more options are certainly better than fewer). I am somewhat non-plussed because it suggests that Jet Airways may be less likely to become a Star Alliance member as a result. Though with Kingfisher tying in with oenworld, they could well find a home in Skyteam. Jet is fairly stingy with premium cabin long-haul award space, at least for more than one passenger at a time, so that may well be fitting..
Nonetheless, no joining date for Air India has yet been announced.