AirIndia, which received an invitation to join the group during the early 2007, failed to meet expectations. Star Alliance consisted of 17 airlines back in the day; the number has since grown to 27. Star Alliance CEO Jaan Albrecht showed no sign of elasticity by using an unusually strong language and said: “We will not extend the deadline anymore; one day there must be a final point.”
The deadline was previously extended once again in 2010 due to the unresolved IT issues of the carrier. The most recent pilot strike by AI causing the domestic flight to be grounded for more than a week and AI’s constant instability due to its government roots have pushed Star Alliance in a position to post a final decision.
Jaan Albrect also mentioned that this agreement is not exclusive to AI, and other options might as well taken into consideration. India is an enormous market not to be neglected and Jet Airways seems like a substitute for AI.
The pressure is now tight on AI which shows little effort of improvement.