Jet Airways seeks to join Star Alliance

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India's Jet Airways is seeking approval join the Star Alliance, but remains in talks with the rival SkyTeam alliance.

The airline's chief commercial officer Sudheer Raghavan says the carrier has submitted an application to the Indian government to join Star, but would not be drawn on which carrier would sponsor the airline's application to join the alliance.

Jet already has codeshare arrangements with a number of Star carriers - All Nippon Airways, United Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Air Canada.

He adds that "discussions with SkyTeam are ongoing", possibly signalling that the airline could join the rival alliance if its application to join Star is rejected by the government.

The only SkyTeam carrier that Jet currently codeshares with is Kenya Airways.

Jet's move towards Star comes over a year after government-owned carrier Air India was forced to suspend its plans to enter the alliance after it failed to meet a number of membership requirements.

At that time, the alliance said it remained open to Air India joining the alliance at a future stage if it was deemed appropriate by both parties.