22 STAR ALLIANCE MEMBER AIRLINES AT GBTA 2016 Star Alliance Carriers offering more international flights to & from North America
All 22 Star Alliance member carriers serving North America are once again participating at the Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Annual Convention, which this year is being held in Denver, Colorado, July 18th – 20th. The Alliance booth (#849) will be the one-stop shop for attendees wishing to find out more information about the Alliance and its member airlines. The booth layout features an open look and feel, with the round concierge desk welcoming customers.
The Alliance has a wide ranging offer for both the corporate travel buyers and customers, ranging from individual travel solutions provided directly by the member airline, to contracts with several airlines under the Star Alliance banner. As all offers are tailor-made, delegates are asked to drop by and speak to the representatives from the participating Star Alliance airlines. Each airline has a designated kiosk where representatives can provide the relevant information and hold individual customer conversations.
The popular and by now traditional Star Alliance Slot Machine will again be the highlight of the year’s Star Alliance booth promotion: hit three Star Alliance Stars on the winning line and walk away with one of the many fabulous airline round-trip tickets for two*. All direct GBTA members have one chance each to play and can get up to five additional chances if they visit the various Star Alliance member carrier kiosks to obtain more information on these airlines.
To showcase their premium cabin products, Air Canada and Air New Zealand are displaying Business Class seats, with Lufthansa offering a virtual reality experience. Air New Zealand and Austrian are offering a specialty coffee service at the booth.
In terms of network, the 22 Star Alliance members serving North America have once again increased their offer and are now providing more than 11,500 weekly international flights to and from the region, which equates to around two million seats. These flights connect 142 international destinations in 81 countries to major hubs in North America. Examples of this international nonstop or direct service expansion include: Air Canada: Toronto to Delhi and Vancouver to Brisbane; United: San Francisco to Auckland, Chengdu and Hangzhou (China), Singapore and Tel Aviv; Air China: San Jose, California to Shanghai; Air India: Newark to Ahmedabad, India via London-Heathrow; Air New Zealand: Houston to Auckland; ANA: launching Chicago and New York – JFK to Tokyo – Haneda in October; Asiana: launching second daily Airbus A380 Los Angeles – Seoul (Incheon) in October; Austrian: Miami to Vienna; Brussels Airlines: Toronto to Brussels; Copa Airlines: San Francisco to Panama; EVA Air: launching Chicago to Taipei in November; Ethiopian: Newark via Lome, Togo and Addis Abeba; LOT: Chicago and New York – Warsaw remain daily in the winter season; Lufthansa: San Jose, California to Frankfurt; SAS connecting Boston, Los Angeles and soon Miami with Scandinavia; Singapore Airlines: going nonstop from San Francisco to Singapore as of October; TAP: Boston and New York – JFK to Lisbon; Turkish Airlines: Atlanta, Boston, Miami to Istanbul.
Globally, the Alliance’s network of 28 airlines covers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.