Continental Airlines Joins Star Alliance

Continental Airlines became the Star Alliance’s 25th member on October 27, following last year’s announcement of a strategic partnership between Continental and United Airlines.  A team from both airlines and the Alliance has been working together over the last 18 months to ensure the first successful transition of a major airline from one global alliance to another.
“Continental’s transition to Star Alliance is one of the most important strategic moves we have accomplished in my career at the airline,” commented Larry Kellner, its Chairman and CEO.  “Our membership in the alliance positions us to deliver a broader network to our customers.  It will achieve better business results and a stronger future for my co-workers, our customers and communities as a result of the benefits from participating in the world’s largest airline alliance.”  Because of the limited overlap between the Continental and Star Alliance networks, its customers now have a choice of 19,500 daily flights serving some 1,017 airports in 171 countries.  The main network enhancements are taking place in North America, to and from Latin America, and across the North Atlantic and the Pacific.