Taiwanese-based EVA Air has become the newest member of the Star Alliance airline network, further strengthening the network’s presence in the Asia Pacific region. At present, 19 Star Alliance member airlines operate more than 4,000 daily flights to, from and within the region, serving 280 airports in 44 countries.
In addition to bringing Kaohsiung in Taiwan and Surabaya in Indonesia as unique airports to the network, EVA Air expands the Star Alliance presence on the important cross-strait market, which has grown from an annual passenger volume of just over three million in 2009 to around nine million in 2012.
EVA Air now offers through check-in to the final destination for connecting flights operated by any Star Alliance member airline for both passengers and baggage, hence providing seamless travel. Passengers benefit as they do not need to collect their boarding passes for connecting flights at the transfer airports and, where permitted by local customs regulations, baggage will also be sent through to the final destinations.
Members in EVA Air Infinity MileageLands Frequent Flyer Programme (FFP) will now be able to collect and redeem miles on all Star Alliance member airlines.
FFP members from all other Star Alliance member airlines can also now make use of these when travelling on EVA Air.
EVA Air also boosts the attractiveness of the network’s most popular fare product, the Star Alliance Round the World Fare (RTW). Available in First, Business and Economy Class, this fare allows customers to travel around the globe making use of the 28-member airline network. Customers can now make use of all EVA Air flights when booking an RTW fare, either through the Book & Fly online booking tool, via an airline or through a travel agency.
With Taiwan forming part of the Pacific Rim, EVA Air now offers the Star Alliance Circle Pacific Fare, which allows circular round-trips covering the Asian countries bordering the Pacific, the main international hub airports on the Pacific Coast of Canada and the USA, as well as the South Pacific (mainly Australia and New Zealand).
Additionally, EVA Air is now included in the Asia Airpass alongside all other Asia-based Star Alliance member airlines. This special coupon- and mileage-based fare is available to all overseas visitors to the region travelling on a Star Alliance member airline and allows customers to travel around Asia—Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.