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EVA Air Joins the Star Alliance Network Gives Passengers More Choice in Growing Cross-Straits Market

June 20, 2013 Aviation No Comments Email Email

EVA Air joined the Star Alliance network today (Tues., June 18, 2013), further strengthening the group’s presence in the Asia/Pacific region.

Star Alliance Joining 18June2013At the official joining ceremony held at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance said, “EVA Air has successfully completed all joining requirements and I can confirm that our Chief Executive Board (CEB) has now unanimously accepted EVA Air into our Alliance.” 

Founded just over 16 years ago, Star Alliance has progressively built its Asia/Pacific presence and now has eight member-carriers based in the region, a market that grew by 5.2 percent in 2012 and continues to demonstrate growing demand for air travel.  Now, 19 Star Alliance member airlines operate more than 4,000 daily flights to, from and within the Asia/Pacific region, serving 280 airports in 44 countries. 

“Star Alliance has since its inception had a strong presence in Asia/Pacific. With the addition of EVA Air to our existing combinations of member carriers and hubs, 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 from Taiwan and serving more travelers on the expanding Cross-Straits market”, Schwab said. 

“Star Alliance membership gives us the privilege of serving new customers from all corners of the globe and introducing our passengers to the seamless services and status recognition that the Alliance provides,” said EVA President Austin Cheng. “As a member, we also have the opportunity to introduce travelers to new ways of connecting to destinations throughout Asia via our hub in Taipei.”

“On behalf of Air China, I wish to congratulate EVA Air on its Star Alliance membership,” said Ms. Wang Yingxiang, Vice Chairman, Air China Group.  

“This will enable the airline to further enhance its brand value, social influence and operations. EVA Air will add new strength into the Star Alliance network, expanding its network to Taiwan and offering travelers more convenience and choice”.

Star Alliance was founded with the mission of providing seamless global air travel for the high-value international traveler. EVA Air’s customers will now have access to a global network of 28 airlines, operating more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries. In addition to bringing Kaohsiung in Taiwan and Surabaya in Indonesia as unique airports to the network, EVA Air expands the Alliance’s presence on the important Cross-Straits market, which has grown from an annual passenger volume of just over 3 million in 2009 to around 9 million in 2012. Taiwan’s geographic location is also the shortest average distance to and from all major Asia/Pacific cities, making its Taoyuan International Airport an important hub. In total, Star Alliance now offers 10 Asia/Pacific hubs: Tokyo – Narita and Haneda, Seoul – Incheon, Beijing, Shanghai – Pudong, Taipei – Taoyuan, Shenzhen, Bangkok, Singapore and Auckland.

EVA Air now offers through check-in to the final destination for connecting flights operated by any Star Alliance member airline for both passengers and baggage, providing seamless travel. Passengers benefit because they do not need to collect their boarding passes for connecting flights at the transfer airports and, where permitted by local customs regulations, their baggage will be sent through to the final destinations. 

Members in EVA Air Infinity MileageLands Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) (formerly Evergreen Club) will now be able to collect and redeem miles on all Star Alliance member airlines. MileageLands Diamond and Gold Card holders now enjoy Star Alliance Gold Status and are entitled to such privileges as access to more than 1,000 lounges across the globe, extra baggage allowance on all Star Alliance member airlines as well as priority baggage delivery. FFP members from all other Star Alliance member airlines can also now look forward to the same conveniences and privileges whenever they travel on EVA Air. 

As part of their Star Alliance membership, EVA Air now participates in several of the Alliance’s fare products. For the business travel sector, EVA Air flights can be included in Star Alliance Corporate Plus agreements designed for large multinational companies. Because foreign trade driving Taiwanese industrial growth for the last 40 years, many multinational companies are based on the island nation. EVA Air is also now offering Star Alliance Conventions Plus and Meetings Plus, dedicated industry products that will be especially welcome in Taiwan where more than 200 events are held annually. EVA Air also boosts the attractiveness of the Alliance’s most popular fare product, the Star Alliance Round the World Fare (RTW). Available in First, Business and Economy Classes, this fare allows customers to travel around the globe making use of the 28 member airline network. Customers can now make use of all EVA Air flights when booking RTW fares, either through the Book & Fly online booking tool*, via an airline or through a travel agency. 

In addition, EVA Air now offers the Star Alliance Circle Pacific Fare that allows circular round-trips to the Asian countries that border the Pacific such as Taiwan, the main international hub airports on the Pacific Coasts of Canada and the USA and the South Pacific, primarily Australia and New Zealand. 

EVA Air is now included in the Asia Airpass alongside all other Asia based Star Alliance member airlines as well. This special coupon- and mileage-based fare is available to all overseas visitors to the region who are traveling on a Star Alliance-member airline. It allows customers to fly around Asia, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

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