Your know when you are an airline geek when....

 usa319star_tailc Tomorrow is a big milestone for me, I will have flown on every Star Alliance airline based in Europe. This hit me when checking in for my flight on Aegean the newest European based Star Alliance member airline. I know it is a bit geeky to care about this but you are reading a blog about this so you just might be a geek as well.

I do not think anyone can dispute the fact that Star has the best coverage in Europe of any alliance. Sure they may have some small pockets of coverage issues in the Iberian region with the failure of Spanair, and in the UK domestic market with the departure of bmi; but only Star Alliance can take you to some of the more remote places in Europe. For example LYR, the northern most commercial airport in the world served by SAS; or TER, a small island in the Azores that is just amazing and so few people visit served by TAP; or KTT and end up right inside the Arctic circle and rent a snowmobile like you would a car anyplace else served by Blue1.

So have you been to any of the lesser known Star Alliance destinations in Europe? How many Star members in Europe have you flown? What is your favorite?


Current Star Alliance Members based in Europe
Adria Airways JP

Aegean Airlines A3

Austrian OS

Blue1 KF

Brussels Airlines SN

Croatia Airlines OU

LOT Polish Airlines LO

Lufthansa LH

Scandinavian Airlines SK


TAP Portugal TP

Turkish Airlines TK

Past Member airlines in Europe
bmi BD - Sold by Lufthansa group to British Airways.
Spanair JK - Ceased operations in Jan 2012 without any notice


You doing SKG-FRA? I did this a few weeks back and enjoyed it. Nice little lounge in SKG and decent multi-course meal onboard (far better than Lufty C, IMO). Grab row one if you can or else you may not get your first meal choice.

Damian September 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

Doing SGK to DUS, Eurowings to MAN. Looking forward to my flight on A3. I agree LH city line / regional is weak.

MZT September 3, 2012 at 12:38 am

I've flown every European Star Alliance carrier as well (including Spanair). It's fun to compare the differences in the different airlines.

mtlfire September 30, 2012 at 01:58 pm

Sounds like you're on your way for getting the bonus points for flying the most star alliance carriers for their anniversary.