In the next couple of years, Asiana Airlines will merge with Korean Air. Following the consolidation of the two largest Korean carriers — Korean Air #1 and Asiana #2 — the only status airline will remain in the country: Korean Air, already a member of the union of competitors — SkyTeam.
So it turns out that, “Asiana” will leave both the market and Star Alliance without any disputes and disagreements.
Experts believe that this is a big victory for SkyTeam, which receives the super giant Korean Air, and a sensitive loss for Star Alliance, which has lost its presence in the Asian region. Of the current participants, here are “registered” Air China, ANA and Singapore Airlines.
However, even after Asiana exits, Star Alliance will still have 25 airlines. This is still almost twice as much as competitors — Oneworld, which included the Russian S7, and SkyTeam, which had previously suspended Aeroflot's membership.