Air China's 10th membership anniversary noted

Air China, Star Alliance and Beijing Capital International Airport entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the co-location of member airlines, the companies said.

The parties agreed to work together to transform Beijing Capital International Airport into a world-class hub and overhaul the passenger experience.

Star Alliance was established in 1997, and is the world´s first airline alliance. Over the past twenty years, Star Alliance has grown from its five founding members to its current membership of 28. This allows Star to operate routes to 1,330 destinations in 192 countries, while enjoying access to more than 1,000 lounges worldwide. By sharing the route networks and lounges of member airlines and co-locating these in the same terminals buildings, Star is able to offer seamless travel and smooth flight connections to passengers around the world.

According to the MOU, all three parties will work together to co-locate Star Alliance carriers in the same terminal building at Beijing Capital International Airport. In addition, it was agreed that more self-service facilities would be added to improve the passenger experience, including curbside check-in, self-service baggage drop-off and self-tagging kiosks. By sharing airport facilities, streamlining transfers and improving connections between member airlines, Star Alliance will be able to offer even greater convenience to passengers.