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Continental Airlines Announces Date for Switch to Star Alliance

August 18, 2009 By: Kirk Cassels

Continental Airlines will officially join Star Alliance on October 27 and end its participation in SkyTeam after its last scheduled flight on October 24.

Continental says its transition from SkyTeam to Star Alliance is a strategic change that will enhance travel options and competition, and that its network will have a distinct fit in Star Alliance with its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport playing a significant role for Star Alliance travelers.

Continental's OnePass members do not need to make any changes to their OnePass accounts and will continue to utilize their mileage as normal. Mileage balances will not be affected by the transition. Through October 24, OnePass members can continue to earn and redeem miles and make reward reservations on SkyTeam partners. When the transition to Star Alliance occurs on October 27, OnePass members will begin earning base miles and Elite Qualification Miles/Points and be able to redeem miles on Star Alliance airlines.

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997. Its members include Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, EGYPTAIR, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways, and regional carriers Adria Airways (Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines enhance the global network. Aegean Airlines, Air India, Brussels Airlines and TAM have been announced as future members.


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