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Air India joins Star Alliance

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NEW DELHI - India's national carrier has joined the world's leading airline grouping, Star Alliance, it was announced on Tuesday. 

Federal Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju described it as a "new beginning" for the loss-making Air India amid expectations that the move could boost the airline's revenues and international presence.

Executives from Star Alliance met with Air India officials in London on Monday and agreed that the airline, which has been attempting to join the group since 2007, would become its 27th member.

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