EVA Air, which operates out of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport near Taipei, will be confirmed as a new candidate for Star Alliance membership in the coming days, according to a reliable industry source.
The carrier indicated last November that it was looking to join an airline alliance – either oneworld or Star Alliance – within the next two years.
EVA Air’s services to 25 Chinese destinations are of particular value to the 26-member Star Alliance. The airline is expected to increase frequencies on these routes before long.
Star Alliance’s other members from North Asia include Air China, All Nippon Airways and Asiana Airlines. Eva Air’s main rival, China Airlines, joined Skyteam in 2011.
The process to join Star Alliance is expected to take between six months to a year.