“Star Alliance has long held the opinion that India is such an important aviation market that it should be fully represented in the Alliance,” chief executive Mark Schwab said. “However the level of change in the domestic market in recent years did not make it easy for an airline to become an alliance member.”
Back in 2011, Star said Air India “had not met the minimum joining conditions that were contractually agreed in December 2007”. It said the suspension had been a joint decision between the Alliance and carrier during the time it was merging with Indian Airlines. Schwab declared that India is now showing signs of stability and that Air India has stepped up its performance.