All Of The Alliance Airlines I Haven’t Flown

Here’s a post that may only be appreciated by my fellow airline geeks. As most of you are probably aware, there are three major global airline alliances — oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance. Between them, they have nearly 60 member airlines.

I’m kinda sorta airline obsessed, so I’d like to think I’m at least somewhat familiar with most airlines that operate jet planes. Yesterday I was looking at booking a ticket on Adria, which is the Star Alliance airline based in Slovenia. As an aviation geek the first thing that came to mind is “I think that’s the last Star Alliance airline I haven’t flown.”

That got me wondering how many airlines that belong to the “big three” global alliances I haven’t flown. I figured it was an average of 1-2 airlines per alliance, but I was surprised to find that the number was higher.

So, which oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance airlines haven’t I flown? Let me share the member airlines of each alliance, and then I’ll share the ones I haven’t flown.

Oneworld has the following 13 member airlines:

American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines, SriLankan Airlines

This is my “best” alliance in that sense, because the only oneworld airline I haven’t flown is S7 Airlines (and I’ve had plans to do so for quite a while).

SkyTeam has the following 19 member airlines:

Aeroflot, Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, Czech Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines, Xiamen Air

When I thought of SkyTeam, interestingly Romania-based TAROM was the first airline that came to mind that I hadn’t flown. But then I realized that there were a few others, which should have been obvious. I also haven’t flown Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Europa, and Middle East Airlines, though in April I’m booked to fly both Air Europa and Middle East Airlines, which will just leave Aerolineas Argentinas and TAROM.

Star Alliance has the following 27 member airlines:

Adria, Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Air Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United

As mentioned above, I initially thought Adria was my last remaining Star Alliance airline, but then I realized that I also haven’t flown Croatia Airlines, Copa Airlines, and Shenzhen Airlines, so I’ll need to fly those three as well.

Bottom line

I know this is totally random, but I was surprised by how many of the major alliance airlines I haven’t flown. There are a total of nine airlines I haven’t flown (one oneworld, four SkyTeam, and four Star Alliance). I have plans to fly three of them in the next month, but that will still leave Aerolineas Argentinas, Croatia Airlines, Copa Airlines, S7 Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, and TAROM.

Of those, Aerolineas Argentinas is the only major global airline. Then I really want to fly Copa once their 737 MAX planes are back in the air, since they feature a new business class product. The other airlines don’t excite me too much, though now that I’ve identified these minor gaps, I’m determined to try them all.

Has anyone flown all the airlines belonging to any of the alliances? Or maybe all the airlines of all the alliances?

Comments

  1. Ben, have you flown Avianca Brazil?

    If you haven’t, this would be the fifth Star Alliance airline you haven’t flown. Note that it is independent from Avianca International, though the respective owners are brothers.

    Actually, this may become moot soon, as unfortunately Avianca Brazil is going through reorganization, and seems unlikely to survive (some slots may be sold to Azul).

  2. You might want a try on ZH’s 739 in business. That is “the only lie-flat business class in NB” in mainland China. You may expect something like a A321T Business, but that is a one of its kind experience within China. Also it is known that ZH possess one of the finest business class seats.
    Other than that…I also recommend that you fly with HU to some random European destinations from Shenzhen (I.e. Tel Aviv/Dublin) and enjoy a whole row of seats to yourself.

  3. The MAX for Copa Airlines is really good compared to their standard 737’s. I flew on one in business to Orlando within their first week of service.

  4. Shenzhen airlines’ longhaul 330 is transferred to them from Air China so it’s the same 2-2-2 seats. And their crew is trained by Air China so not much to see. Agree to comment above about their 739 fully flat J seats.

  5. Are adria and Croatia owned by lutjansa group? I’ve flown both connecting on to Lufthansa and didn’t even realize I was flying flag carriers

  6. Love this article because I love reviews about airlines that aren’t flown as much as the mainstream global carriers (I don’t even open reviews on Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, Emirates etc. anymore) I . I have been looking in particular for reviews on Shenzhen Airlines ever since I heard they were launching A330 flights to LHR last year, but online reviews are extremely hard to find, and none exist yet of their long haul product to LHR, so I would love to see this!!

  7. @lucky, or anyone else reading this post- have you flown Malindo Air Business (KUL-HKG)? If so, what were you’re thoughts about the experience? I’m considering trying them out in a couple of weeks, as biz tickets for that route are super cheap. Thanks for any info you can provide.

  8. Awesome post. My main alliance is Skyteam and I only need to fly Saudia and Czech to have completed the old 20 (including China Southern) to have flown all Skyteam airlines.

    Huge variation in quality within Skyteam. But the worst airline by far, is one you still have to fly. Excited to read your review!

  9. Lucky, when did you last fly Air New Zealand? I haven’t seen a review of it in years.

    Technically speaking, you HAVE flown Aegean, but there’s no big report for it.

  10. I flew Croatia a couple of years ago. They have a business class cabin on their Q400s. Might make for an interesting review.

  11. @X @ZxM

    Many people are confused because Israel often tag along with Europe.

    Their football (soccer) team are part of UEFA not AFC. Jordan right next door plays in AFC.

  12. Copa 737 MAX 9 Business class is probably one of the best ‘Domestic’ fist class out there. Hopefully when then figure out the MAX problem you can fly it. They fly the MAX 9 from PTY-SFO daily and my friends have told me it is a must.

  13. Interesting post. Where do you stand on the list of total airlines flown ?(alliances + others) plus which airlines are not on your wishlist apart from the ones mentioned here ?

  14. Croatia is such a small airline, you will just tick the box and experience-wise it ends with “e” that word starts with. Clean planes, quick and safe hops up to 3h, usually friendly FAs. Decent bfast and hot meals in J during longish flights depending on the time of the day. No wifi, no moving maps, no IFE. Domestic flights ZAG SPU or ZAG DBV spectacular when above the Dalmatian coast esp approach to DBV. Tends to be exp in summer season. They are gov owned, losing money again and they do mostly feed LH group who did help a lot to kick it off 25+ years ago. Your report would be…no, nothing to report :-). Cheers

  15. @jordan maybe your new here….

    Bens entire blog is based on him flying not because he has to but because he wants (loves) to. If your mad about it now, you’d really hate how much unnecessary flying he used to do lol

  16. Copa and Luxair both intrigue me; looking forward to reviews. Have you ever flown Aegean Airlines? The Argentine airline looks fun too. I enjoy your reviews (for better or worst) of unusual airlines like TAAG Angola and MIAT Mongolia,

  17. Probably a rookie question, but are here any other alliances other than these three? Does the Virgin configuration or JetStar count as an alliance in traditional terms?

  18. @Lucky having flown Shenzhen Airlines both domestically and internationally, I would say it is a pretty good airline. It is considered one of the better Mainland carriers. By the way, have you flown Juneyao Airlines , Hebei Airlines, Lucky Air, Beijing Capital Airlines, Air Macau, Tiger Airlines, Uni Air, Mandarin Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Tiger Airways, or HK Express. I am just asking about it in this manner, because you are the most interesting travel blogger and I read your blogs as I would trust you and follow you the most out of the other bloggers. There are other good bloggers and sites as well, but yours is probably the best. So, it would be nice to see you review other non-alliance airlines, lesser known (smaller) airlines, or those of their subsidiaries.

  19. For south america Aerolineas Argentinas is very good!!

    Lan and avianca only a few good planes..but service much better in aerolineas aegentinas!

  20. Believe it or not. Air China & Shenzhen Airline are 99% the same. They also share the same loyalty program PhoenixMiles. However, I like ZH instead of CA much much more. As a OZ Diamond member, I also got greeting by flights attendand with ZH, but not CA.

  21. Believe it or not. Air China & Shenzhen Airline are 99% the same. They also share the same loyalty program PhoenixMiles. However, I like ZH instead of CA much much more. As a OZ Diamond member, I also got greeting by flights attendant with ZH, but not CA.

  22. COPA is a very underrated airline. Very affordable biz class tickets and PTY is a great central location to break up a flight from North to South America. Not to mention Panama is a fantastic country to visit as well.

  23. Hey Ben, I have flown Copa 737 and Tarom a318/ATRs.

    Copa has surprisingly good hard product on 737 on economy and on business as well, it surely beats the eu carriers With only middle seat blocked.

    If you would like to experience what is like the true tarom experience, try on routes where they use ATRs. Dirty planes, absolute minimum legroom, headroom, grumpy FAs and so on 😀

  24. @Stanley, tried HK Express myself not long ago on route HND-HKG. Genrally was really satisfied, relatively fast boarding process, clean and new planes, legroom as other LCCs. FAs were friendly while LF was nearly 100% so they had things to do. Buy on board food was good on reasonable prices. In HKG they use buses to deplane, not a surprise HK Express being LCC, but almost missed my connection because of that even though my flight was on time. Would not hesitate to fly them again.

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