"Once more Star Alliance demonstrates its leadership role in the airline industry by implementing a global standard for a simple, seamless, efficient and customer friendly product." said Wolfgang Mayrhuber, Chairman and CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines on behalf of the leadership of the Star Alliance, meeting in Tokyo today.

In customer surveys around the globe e-tickets belong to the most demanded service offerings of airlines easing the way from "buying" to "flying". Without having to carry traditional paper ticket documents passengers can check-in for travel by using no more than a personal identification (credit- or mileage program card). All travel data is available throughout the trip, lost tickets are no longer an issue. Creating the technical capabilities to use electronic tickets across the whole Star Alliance network in a short timeframe became possible with the help of a highly integrated IT-infrastructure (called STARNET). This unique network was created by all member carriers of Star Alliance after its foundation in 1997.

Mr. Mayrhuber said, "Our alliance was created with an emphasis on adding value to the international traveling public. Rolling out this new product will simply underline our continued commitment to make the latest technologies work in favor of our customers."

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Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award, Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Blue1, bmi, Continental Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Aegean Airlines, Air India, Brussels Airlines and TAM have been announced as future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers 19,500 daily flights to 1,071 airports in 171 countries.

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