Star Alliance welcomed Thai Smile Airways as a Star Alliance Connecting Partner at an official ceremony held today (February 25) in Bangkok.
The auspicious occasion was celebrated with a traditional Thai performance at Thai Airways International headquarters in the presence of member airline representatives.
Thai Smile became the second Connecting Partner of Star Alliance. The Connecting
Partner Model was first introduced in May 2017. This collaboration is the first of its kind in Thailand.
Thai Smile offers more than 396 weekly flights to 32 destinations in nine countries and regions. As a Connecting Partner, the airline will extend the Star Alliance network by ten new destinations.
From today, passengers traveling on any itinerary, which includes a transfer between certain Star Alliance member airlines and Thai Smile on a single booking, will enjoy comforts such as passenger and baggage through check-in. In addition, customers who hold Star Alliance Silver and Gold status in any Star Alliance member airline’s frequent flyer programme will enjoy a tailored set of privileges.
Currently, such privileges are available on eligible connections between THAI Smile Airways and Austrian, Lufthansa, Swiss, and Thai Airways International.
Star Alliance continues to evaluate potential opportunities for future Connecting Partners. Connecting Partners are carefully assessed for their fit into the existing Star Alliance network. Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines was the first airline to become a Connecting Partner in May 2017.
Thai Smile Airways aircraft photo gallery: