What is an Airline Alliance?
It is simply an agreement among airlines to cooperate in sharing resources, extending routes, and even offering redeemable rewards as per the airline’s policies.
We all may have benefited from the Alliances in one way or another. For example, when booking a flight from Mombasa(MBA) to Chicago(ORD) with Kenya Airways. Kenya Airways has no direct flight to Chicago but you’ll notice the “Operated by Delta Airlines” in the flight to Chicago.
Well, that is mainly because Kenya Airways and Delta Airlines are both members of the SkyTeam(Other reason for this is code sharing). That is one of the greatest benefits of alliances, you can book to a destination not covered by the airline and still get the flights.
The 3 main alliances are Star Alliance, One World, and SkyTeam.
The Alliance received its first reward in 2002 as the best Alliance in the U.S by Business Traveller Magazine.
Since then, the alliance has grown to have 26 member airlines and almost 195 destination countries (1300 destinations worldwide)
You may have noticed some airlines livery are of the alliances they belong to:
The alliance now serves over 1000 destinations globally in more than 170 destination countries. The latest member to join the alliance is Alaska, in 2021.
The alliance has now 19 member airlines including Kenya Airways. It also has 1,036 destinations in 170 countries.
It also has 1,036 destinations in 170 countries.