Star Alliance welcomed Thai Smile as Connecting Partner at a ceremony in Bangkok, adding ten destinations to the alliance network.
The regional branch of Thai Airways became on February 25, 2020 the second Connecting Partner of Star Alliance after Juneyao Airlines, entered in 2017. Unlike full membership which requires the establishment of commercial links with all members, the scope The more regional « Connecting Partner » requires establishing commercial relationships with only three airlines at least. Passengers traveling on a connecting flight between a member of the Star Alliance network and a “Connecting Partner” will be granted all standard benefits of the alliance, such as passenger and baggage check-in from start to finish. their trip. In addition, passengers with Star Alliance Gold status as part of their loyalty program will benefit from the dedicated exclusive benefits. These benefits are currently offered on eligible routes between Thai Smile Airways and its parent company, Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss.
Based at Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thai Smile offers more than 407 weekly flights to 33 destinations in nine countries and regions; as a Connecting Partner, it will enrich the Star Alliance network with ten new destinations. It operates a fleet of twenty single- or two-class Airbus A320s.
— Thai Airways (@ThaiAirways) February 21, 2020
“Today marks an important milestone for THAI Smile Airways, and we are delighted to become a Connecting Partner. This partnership brings considerable added value to our customers and to the region we serve, and constitutes a strategic step that positions THAI Smile Airways as an important regional player, « said Charita Leelayudth, CEO of THAI Smile Airways, in a press release. « Our goal is to provide high-quality services to new generations of travelers at affordable prices, and seamless connections with flights from our parent company THAI Airways International (THAI), a member of the Star Alliance. Our goal is to continue to strengthen the Thai Airways route network to offer the best cost and competitiveness efficiency. ”
Star Alliance « continues to assess potential opportunities for future Connecting Partners. The latter are carefully selected before their possible integration into the Star Alliance network ”.