Airline alliance

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An airline alliance is when two or more airlines make an agreement to work with each other. The three largest airline alliances are Star Alliance, SkyTeam, and Oneworld. Airline alliances make it easier for passengers to travel around the world, reducing their stops or connections. The biggest alliance is Star Alliance, which has 28 member airlines such as United, Lufthansa, and Air Canada. The second biggest is SkyTeam, which has 19 members including Delta, KLM, and Air France. The third biggest alliance is Oneworld, which has 13 members including American Airlines, British Airways, and Qantas.

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Membership and market data for the largest airline alliances (as of March 2013)[1][2][3]

Star Alliance
28 members
Founded 1997
SkyTeam
19 members
Founded 2000
Oneworld
13 members
Founded 1999
Rest of Industry
(selected major nonaligned carriers)
Passengers per year 649 million 506 million 303 million 1,223 million [4]
Countries 194 187 155 204 (total countries) [4]
Destinations 1,329 1,024 850 4,000 (total destinations) [4]
Fleet size 4,570 4,150 2,382 13,082 [4]
Revenue Billion US$ (€) 160.9 (124) 97.9 (90) 89.875 (85) 4651,325 (3550) [4]
Market share 29.30% 24.6% 23.2% 22.9%
Current Participants¹ Members
(JP) Adria Airways
2004
(A3) Aegean Airlines
2010
(AC) Air Canada
Founder
(CA) Air China
2007
(NZ) Air New Zealand
1999
(NH) All Nippon Airways
1999
(OZ) Asiana Airlines
2003
(OS) Austrian Airlines
2000
(AV) Avianca
2012
(SN) Brussels Airlines
2009
(CM) Copa Airlines
2012
(OU) Croatia Airlines
2004
(MS) EgyptAir
2008
(ET) Ethiopian Airlines
2011
(BR) EVA Air
2013
(LO) LOT Polish Airlines
2003
(LH) Lufthansa
Founder
(SK) Scandinavian Airlines
Founder
(ZH) Shenzhen Airlines
2012
(SQ) Singapore Airlines
2000
(SA) South African Airways
2006
(LX) Swiss International Air Lines
2006
(TA) TACA
2012
(JJ) TAM Airlines
2010
(TP) TAP Portugal
2005
(TG) Thai Airways International
Founder
(TK) Turkish Airlines
2008
(UA) United Airlines
Founder
(US) US Airways
2004
Members
(SU) Aeroflot
2006
(AR) Aerolíneas Argentinas
2012
(AM) Aeroméxico
Founder
(UX) Air Europa
2007
(AF) Air France
Founder
(AZ) Alitalia
2001–2009 as Alitalia-Linee Aeree Italiane, rejoined 2009
(CI) China Airlines
2011
(MU) China Eastern Airlines
2011
(CZ) China Southern Airlines
2007
(OK) Czech Airlines
2001
(DL) Delta Air Lines
Founder
(KQ) Kenya Airways
2007
(KL) KLM
2004
(KE) Korean Air
Founder
(ME) Middle East Airlines
2012
(SV) Saudia
2012
(RO) TAROM
2010
(VN) Vietnam Airlines
2011
(MF) Xiamen Airlines
2012
Members
(AB) Air Berlin
2012
(AA) American Airlines
Founder
(BA) British Airways
Founder
(CX) Cathay Pacific
Founder
(AY) Finnair
1999
(IB) Iberia Airlines
1999
(JL) Japan Airlines
2007
(LA) LAN Airlines
2000
(MH) Malaysia Airlines
2013
(QF) Qantas
Founder
(QR) Qatar Airways
2013
(RJ) Royal Jordanian
2007
(S7) S7 Airlines
2010
(MX) Mexicana
2009 (ceased operations in 2010, but is considered an inactive member)
Africa
(AH) Air Algérie
(W3) Arik Air
(AT) Royal Air Maroc
(TU) Tunisair

Asia
(KC) Air Astana
(AI) Air India
(HU) Hainan Airlines
(EK) Emirates
(EY) Etihad Airways
(GF) Gulf Air
(IR) Iran Air
(9W) Jet Airways
(PK) Pakistan International Airlines
(PR) Philippine Airlines
(HY) Uzbekistan Airways

Europe
(EI) Aer Lingus
(KM) Air Malta
(BT) airBaltic
(V3) Carpatair
(CY) Cyprus Airways
(LY) El Al
(OV) Estonian Air
(FI) Icelandair
(JU) Jat Airways
(DY) Norwegian Air Shuttle
(UN) Transaero
(PS) Ukraine International Airlines
(UT) UTair Aviation
(VS) Virgin Atlantic

North America
(FL) AirTran Airways
(AS) Alaska Airlines
(G4) Allegiant Air
(BW) Caribbean Airlines
(CU) Cubana
(F9) Frontier Airlines
(HA) Hawaiian Airlines
(B6) JetBlue
(WN) Southwest Airlines
(NK) Spirit Airlines
(SY) Sun Country Airlines
(VX) Virgin America
(WS) WestJet

Oceania
(DJ) Virgin Australia

South America
(G3) Gol Transportes Aéreos
Future Members (OA) Olympic Air
2013
(GA) Garuda Indonesia
2014
(UL) SriLankan Airlines
Late 2013
(JJ) TAM Airlines
31 March 2014
Quality
Average Star Rating 3.593 3.26 3.615 3.196
5-Star Airlines 42.857% : All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Singapore Airlines 0.00% 42.857% : Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways 14.286% : Hainan Airlines
4-Star Airlines 30.556% 13.889% 11.111% 44.444%
3-Star Airlines 11.864% 11.864% 5.085% 71.186%
2-Star Airlines 0% 0% 0% 100%
1-Star Airlines 0% 0% 0% 100%
The percentage each alliance has on each region or market

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