Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, reclaimed the title of the world’s best airline alliance at the Skytrax 2022 World Airline Awards, held at the Langham Hotel in London.
Seeing competition from SkyTeam and Oneworld, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, Star Alliance won the most customer votes to reclaim the title. In addition to this success, the Star Alliance lounge in Los Angeles also retained the title of World’s Airline Alliance Best Lounge for a sixth consecutive year.
Located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), the lounge is open to premium class passengers on Star Alliance affiliated flights and Star Alliance Gold tier members. A state-of-the-art business class lounge has its own shower rooms, media room and huge indoor balcony.
Star Alliance is getting better and better
Since its inception on May 14, 1997, Star Alliance has become the largest airline alliance in the world, with passenger numbers totaling more than 762 million. Currently, it is made up of 26 member airlines, including United Airlines and Air Canada. The advantages of flying with Star Alliance are numerous, notably with its gold level, such as a waiting list of priority reservations and access to airport lounges. Star Alliance has also recently expanded its network with the Intermodal partnership modelwhich aims to combine different modes of transport for fluid travel.
That said, not all was good news. Earlier this year, Lufthansa Group launched a bid to buy a 40% stake in SkyTeam member ITA Airways. If the Lufthansa purchase had gone through, it would have meant another addition to the already impressive Star Alliance membership. The offer was unsuccessfulNevertheless.
Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh praised “the courage and hard work of the Star Alliance team” and member carrier staff. Noting the airline alliance’s 25th anniversary this year, Goh interpreted the victories as “recognition” of its ability to enable “smooth travel despite an ever-changing environment”. Mr Goh’s emphasis on ‘seamless travel’ comes after it was reported that Star Alliance wanted around 50% of its member airlines embrace biometric technology by 2025.
A Skytrax victory is a boost for Star Alliance
The Skytrax World Airline Awards are “the Oscars of the aviation industry”. Organized by Skytrax, a UK-based consultancy that ranks and rates airlines and airports, the World Airline Awards is considered one of the most prestigious of its kind, despite its credible user reviews. meticulous examination in the old days.
Skytrax 2022 marks a significant moment as it is the first time the awards have been held in person since 2019, due to COVID-19 restrictions. At a time when airline passenger satisfaction has dropped significantly, an industry event that rewards skill and high standards carries added weight. Despite the two-year in-person break, high-profile figures from the aviation industry were in attendance, including CEOs and senior executives.
Star Alliance’s victories at Skytrax 2022 put it in good stead as it pushes forward with its modernization plans. It has now won the title of best airline alliance five times, more than any other alliance. Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted praised Star Alliance for its “great achievement”, with eight of its member carriers also achieving top rankings in 28 award categories at Skytrax 2022. That said, the title of world’s best airline went to Oneworld Alliance member Qatar Airways, which won 1st place for a seventh consecutive year.