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Star Alliance and Aéroports de Paris Sign Agreement on Star Alliance Lounge at Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport

Star Alliance and Aéroports de Paris Sign Agreement on Star Alliance Lounge at Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport ( Star Alliance Lounge to open in spring 2008
CDG VAL People-Mover improves access to Terminal 1
Overall collocation project at Paris – CDG Terminal 1 on track

Star Alliance and Aéroports de Paris have signed an agreement which will see the construction of a Star Alliance Lounge in Terminal 1 at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport. Under this accord, which is part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two parties in March 2005, Aéroports de Paris will select the space and be responsible for building the shell of the lounge, while Star Alliance will be in charge of the interior design and fitting as well as the day-to-day running of the facility.

The 800 square metre Star Alliance Lounge will be situated across two levels of the main terminal building and is scheduled to open in spring 2008. Once in operation, it will primarily accommodate First and Business Class as well as Star Alliance Gold Card customers travelling on those Star Alliance member carriers from Paris – CDG1 who do not have their own dedicated lounge facilities. It will be the Alliance’s fourth Lounge built in the Star Alliance design; the other three being located in Los Angeles, Nagoya and Zurich.

CDG VAL People-Mover improves access to Terminal 1
The CDG VAL is a free automated people-mover which now links Terminal 1 with car parks PR and PX, Terminal 3 / Roissypole / Local Train Station and Terminal 2 / TGV High Speed Rail Station. The CDG VAL runs every 4 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is not only a great improvement for passengers wishing to connect to and from the trains to Paris, but has also simplified connecting between Terminals 1 and 2. The CDG VAL covers a distance of 3.5 kilometres in eight minutes, compared to 25 minutes needed by the former shuttle busses.

The Star Alliance-branded check-in areas in Halls 1 and 4 are conveniently located one level above the CDG VAL station at CDG 1, immediately to the left and right of the escalators leading up from the platform.

Overall project on track
As the overall refurbishment of CDG Terminal 1 has progressed, Star Alliance has continued to implement its “Move under one Roof” strategy at its largest non-home market airport. Eighty percent of all Star Alliance carriers operating out of Terminal 1 are now collocated in the same or adjacent Star Alliance-branded check-in area. Once the redevelopment is complete by mid 2009, all Star Alliance member carriers serving Paris – CDG will operate from Terminal 1. This includes Air Canada, Austrian and SWISS who are presently still operating from Terminal 2A, 2D and 2B respectively.

In addition, Asiana, Star Alliance’s member airline from Korea, will commence service on the Paris to Seoul route in spring 2008. Future member carrier Air China is already operating from Terminal 1 and EgyptAir and Turkish Airlines are considering moving their operations from Paris – Orly Airport to Charles de Gaulle.

In total, 12 Star Alliance member carriers along with three regional members operate some 75 daily flights to 30 destinations in 16 countries from CDG Airport, making it the largest single destination served by Star Alliance carriers outside their home markets.


About Star Alliance:

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer customers worldwide reach and a smooth travel experience. Star Alliance was voted Best Airline Alliance by Business Traveller Magazine in 2003, 2006 and 2007 and by Skytrax in 2003, 2005 and 2007. The members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, Spanair, SWISS, TAP Portugal, THAI, United and US Airways. Regional member carriers Adria Airways (Slovenia), Blue1 (Finland) and Croatia Airlines enhance the global network. Air China, EgyptAir, Shanghai Airlines and Turkish Airlines have all been accepted as future members and are expected to join Star Alliance soon. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 16,000 daily flights to 855 destinations in 155 countries.

About Aéroports de Paris:

Aéroports de Paris builds, develops and manages airports including Paris-Orly, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Le Bourget. Aéroports de Paris is the 2nd European airport group in terms of airport turnover and the 1st European airport group in terms of cargo and mail. Aéroports de
Paris accommodates nearly 460 airlines, mainly the major actors of air transport.

Benefiting from an exceptional geographical location and a major trading area, the group's strategy is to modernize its terminal facilities and to upgrade its quality of service. It also intends to develop its retail and real estate business. In 2006, Aéroports de Paris Group had a turnover of
2,076.8 million euro, and a net result of 152.1 million euros. Aéroports de Paris handled 82.5 million passengers in 2006.

For further information please contact: Star Alliance Press Office Tel: +49 69 96375 183 Fax: +49 69 96375 683 Email: Aéroports de Paris Press Office Jérôme Dutrieux +33-1-43 35 70 70

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