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Star Alliance launches Circle North Asia fare

13 Star Alliance Fare Products Now Available to Consumers

FRANKFURT, Germany - 01 September 2009:

Travelling across North Asia has now become more attractive with Star Alliance’s Circle North Asia Fare. The new multi-carrier fare is valid on Air China, ANA, Asiana and Shanghai Airlines for flights between China, including Hong Kong and Macao, Japan and Korea. Travel on the circle fare needs to include all three countries, at least three stopovers and begin and end in the same country. Reservations for the first international flight have to be made seven days prior to departure, while all subsequent flights can be booked last minute or changed without charge. Minimum stay on this circle fare is at least three days and with the maximum stay being two months. Fare levels vary according to class of travel: First, Business or Economy and distance travelled: 4,800 or 6,600 miles. Tickets can be booked and issued through any Star Alliance member airline or travel agent.

“Our latest fare product was developed because we are seeing increasing demand for travel in this part of Asia,” said Horst Findeisen, Vice President Business Development at Star Alliance. “Circle fares allow customers to explore several countries at their leisure with a single booking, and are becoming more popular with customers who are interested in doing business or spending time in a small geographic zone”.

Star Alliance now offers 13 fare products: the Round-the-World Fare, Circle Asia Fare, Circle North Asia Fare, Circle Pacific Fare, Africa Airpass, Asia Airpass, China Airpass, Europe Airpass, Japan Airpass, Middle East, North America Airpass, South Pacific Airpass and Thailand Airpass.

Overview of Star Alliance Circle North Asia Fares:

Country of departure Currency Class 4,800 Miles 6,660 Miles
China CNY First 15,560 19,560
China CNY Business 11,760 14,750
China CNY Economy 7,370 9,920
Hong Kong SAR HKD First 17,680 22,240
Hong Kong SAR HKG Business 13,370 16,760
Hong Kong SAR HKG Economy 8,380 10,560
Japan JPY First 337,000 450,000
Japan JPY Business 251,000 334,000
Japan JPY Economy 170,000 223,000
Korea KRW First 2,966,100 4,310,700
Korea KRW Business 2,237,400 3,084,000
Korea KRW Economy 1,641,100 2,139,600

All fares quoted excluding fees and taxes.

About Star Alliance

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach and a smooth travel experience. Star Alliance received the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award in 2008 and was voted Best Airline Alliance by Business Traveller Magazine in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and by Skytrax in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009. The members are Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, 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. Regional member carriers Adria Airways (Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines enhance the global network. Aegean Airlines, Air India, Brussels Airlines, Continental Airlines and TAM have been announced as future members. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers 17,000 daily flights to 916 destinations in 160 countries.

For further information please contact:

Star Alliance Press Office
Tel: +49 69 96375 183 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +49 69 96375 183      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Fax: +49 69 96375 683
Email: mediarelations@staralliance.com,www.staralliance.com