National carrier Air India is set to complete all the work required to become the first Indian member of a global airline alliance by this summer. Mark Schwab, chief executive of the 28-member Star Alliance, said the airline’s joining process was on track.
“Over the past few years, Star Alliance has brought down some of its membership requirements and Air India has done a lot of work to fulfill those requirements,” said Schwab, who was in India to check on the progress made by Air India. “I think by this summer the work should be complete. We have identified some requirements. For example, the airline’s staff needs to be trained to Star Alliance standards and that will take some time.”
According to Air India officials, about 8,000 of Air India’s ground and cabin staff will be retrained over the course of the coming months. Apart from training, once the airline’s membership is confirmed, Air India will also need to repaint its planes to have the Star Alliance logo displayed prominently.
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