27th Feb 2020
Thai Smile Airways officially joined as the second connecting partner of the Star Alliance, one of the world’s largest airline groups globally. Airports International announced on Tuesday that Thai Smile is the second airline to join the group’s connecting partner initiative apart from Shanghai’s Juneyao Airlines.
Being a connecting partner of the Star Alliance group means that the carrier can now connect to Star Alliance airlines without becoming a member of the group. The initiative was launched only in 2017. Under the initiative, the connecting partner model would be allowed to check Star Alliance members’ passengers through to their final destinations. They could also avail of Silver and Gold Star Alliance bonus members for privileges.
“Our Connecting Partner model was introduced three years ago to offer airlines an attractive way to connect to our global alliance network without requiring full membership, and we are continuing to expand the model to provide customers with more travel options,” Star Alliance Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Goh said. “I am pleased to welcome Thai Smile Airways… as a Star Alliance Connecting Partner,” he added.
Sumeth Damrongchaitham, president of Thai Smile’s parent firm Thai Airways, said that the group will further develop Thai Smile as a leading regional airline and a networking flight operator.
Thai Smile began operations in 2012, offering nearly 400 flights a week to 32 destinations in nine countries.