Air India blocked Jet Airways' membership while its own application was put on hold, but admittance of the competing airlines will keep their rivalry on even terms.
Naresh Goyal’s Jet Airways has reason to cheer as the civil aviation ministry might give them permission to join Star Alliance simultaneously with state owned Air India . Prior to this, the government wanted the Star Alliance, comprising 27 airlines across the globe, to decide positively on Air India’s membership first.
Last year, Star Alliance had snubbed Air India. Despite the process of admission being in the final stages, the airline’s membership was put on hold because it did not meet certain conditions and all members of Star Alliance had not approved of Air India’s entry.