Taiwan's Eva Air joins world's biggest air alliance
TAOYUAN (AFP) - Taiwan's Eva Airways on Tuesday joined Star Alliance, the world's biggest airline grouping, in a move that could give it an edge over regional rivals like China Airlines.
"Eva Air has successfully completed all joining requirements and I can confirm that our chief executive board has now unanimously accepted Eva Air into our alliance," Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab announced at a ceremony in the north of the island.
The move could see an increase in the carrier's occupancy rate by up to three percentage points, according to chairman Chang Kuo-wei, as passengers benefit from greater integration with leading airlines.
It took Eva Air a year and half to meet the alliance requirements, foremost the adjustment of its computer systems that will enable passengers to use air miles earned through other alliance members.