Star Alliance Is Expanding Again

Star Alliance – EgyptAir agreement

Yesterday evening the officials of Star Alliance and EgyptAir announced that EgyptAir will join Star Allaince within the next 18 months. There are three more airlines waiting for the official signature day: Air China, Shanghai Airlines and Turkish Airlines. Although EgyptAir’s hub is in North Africa, the goal market for Star Alliance is the Middle-East. Alliances in general are weak in the Middle-East. Only oneworld has a member from that region: Royal Jordanian that joined oneworld this year.

Star Alliance

In Cairo a new airport will be opened in 2009. Fraport has been involved in the construction since it started in 2005. The new Terminal 3 will be able to handle 11 million passengers per year and it will also accomodate the new A380. In addition to the new Terminal 3, Cairo Airport is also constructing a fourth runway, developing the Cargo City, constructing a new Air Traffic Control Tower and increasing its parking facilities. Also new service facilities are on the way like, hotel, business and shopping centers.


EgyptAir is the world-renowned national airline of the Egypt, based in the city of Cairo.
In more than 75 years, EgyptAir has experienced extraordinary growth, taken the lead to be the first airline in the Middle East and Africa and the seventh in the world to join IATA and become a treasured brand.
Currently Egyptair operates 48 aircrafts to 60 destinations in 44 Countries through 1,200 weekly flights, carried more than 6.5 million passengers in 2006/2007, to fulfill the travel needs of both business and leisure travel.

EgyptAir B 737

In 2004, EgyptAir demonstrated the scale of its commitment to the highest standards of safety by being the first IOSA certified airline in the Middle East and Africa.

By Szafi

3 Responses to “Star Alliance Is Expanding Again”

  1. 1 Ermajean Shaw April 7, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Please tell why Egypt Air does not have any place to acess their seating charts for 777-200ER flight out of NYC to Cairo. Also if I have FF with USAir when I fly Egypt Air will the accept my FF# for miles with USAir?

  2. 2 balint01 April 8, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Ermajean,
    EgyptAir is not yet a full member of Star Alliance, they are in the process of joining, but are not there yet.
    In the meantime, they have not yet harmonized their FFP with the Star Alliance memebers, and as I have checked the relevant websites, unfortunately you will not be able to earn any miles with your EgyptAir flight for your USAir Dividend Miles card. Not yet.
    About seating on EgyptAir B777, the only information I could find is that the planes are configured with 12 seats in First, 21 in Business and 286 seats in Economy class. Unfortunately I couldn’t find an actual seatmap, either. Try to contact the airline in email via their website:

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