Jet Airways is a Star Alliance member

Jet Airways may not join Star Alliance

Star Alliance, the world's largest airline alliance, may not get any member airline from India - one of the world's largest growing aviation market.

After the 27-strong member alliance rejected Air India's application for membership, Jet Airways, who is in talks with the alliance, may decide against joining the group.

"We are talking to all three alliances and may not join Star Alliance because they already have a strong member in this side of the world," said a senior Jet executive on condition of anonymity.

The Naresh Goyal-promoted airline is also in talks with global alliances Oneworld and SkyTeam.

"We do not know how much will we benefit by joining the alliance with Singapore already a member. There is a thinking that the benefits will not be much from Star Alliance and our talks with the other two airline alliances is also on," he said .

Jet Airways was invited by the alliance to become its member on the grounds that India, being a large market, can have two members in the alliance.

To facilitate Jet Airways entry, Star Alliance had put a condition before the civil aviation ministry to allow both Air India and Jet Airways to join the alliance together. The ministry, however, had said that Jet will only be allowed to join after Air India completes its joining.

After keeping Air India's membership on hold for a year, the alliance decided not to suspend the national carrier's membership on the ground that it had not fulfilled the criteria it had agreed to.

Air India had also paid around Rs 55 crore as a joining fee to the alliance.

A query sent to Jet Airways did not elicit any response.

Star Alliance has Lufthansa, Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Swiss, among other members.

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