The Connecting Partner Model was first introduced in May 2017 allowing airlines to connect to the Star Alliance network without becoming a member airline. Shanghai-based Juneyao Airlines was the first airline to become a Connecting Partner since May 2017.
THAI Smile offers over 396 weekly flights to 32 destinations in nine countries and regions. As a Connecting Partner, it will extend the Star Alliance network by ten new destinations.
THAI Smile Airways, a subsidiary full-service airline of THAI Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), is a regional airline for short and medium-range flights. Its fleet consists of 20 narrow-body aircraft with the operational base located at Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).
Passengers travelling on any itinerary that includes a transfer between Star Alliance member airlines and THAI Smile on a single booking will enjoy comforts such as passenger and baggage through check-in. Star Alliance Silver and Gold status passengers in any Star Alliance member airline’s frequent flyer programme will enjoy a tailored set of privileges.
Such privileges are available on eligible connections between THAI Smile Airways and the following Star Alliance member airlines:
- THAI Airways International