Thai Smile, the regional subsidiary of Thai Airways, will become the second Connecting Partner airline of Star Alliance. The Connecting Partner programme was launched in 2016 to fill gaps in regional connections between the alliance’s full member airlines.
As a Connecting Partner, however, Thai Smile only needs to fulfil commercial relationships with three partners instead of all full members. Star Alliance said that Thai Smile will meet these criteria by the end of the year. The airline will add 11 destinations to the alliance’s network which spans 194 countries.
“Thai Smile is set to become the next Star Alliance Connecting Partner, which will support us in further strengthening our position as the leading airline alliance network,” said the CEO of Star Alliance, Jeffrey Goh. “The Bangkok-based carrier operates an all-Airbus fleet of A320 aircraft,” he continued.
THAI Smile Airways is a subsidiary of THAI Airways. It started its operations in 2012, with headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.