Deutsche Bahn will become the world's first intermodal partner of the Star Alliance

Karel Novak, Published on 07/07/2022
Deutsche Bahn will become the world's first intermodal partner of the Star Alliance
@DB AG/Oliver Lang

Through the new cooperation, DB customers and passengers of Star Alliance member airlines will in the future be able to begin or end their journey in comfort on the climate-friendly train.


For the first time in international air transport, the Star Alliance intermodal partnership model will intelligently link flights, trains, and other modes of transport. Star Alliance intends to further expand intermodal partnerships in the future. Germany is the first market and Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the first partner worldwide in the new Star Alliance program.

Michael Peterson, Member of the Management Board of DB Long-Distance Passenger Transport: "From Freiburg to Singapore: you only need one ticket for that. Through attractive domestic connections with simultaneous links to international travel chains, Deutsche Bahn and Star Alliance are making a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector. This complements our successful cooperation with Lufthansa Express Rail, where booking figures have more than doubled since 2010. In this way, we bring more people from airplanes to environmentally friendly rail. In a joint effort with the airlines, we are now taking the mobility turnaround further. We are networking our offers in such a way that we can optimally utilize the respective strengths of our modes of transport."

Jeffrey Goh, CEO of Star Alliance: "Today joins the forces of two different transport providers, opening the doors of Star Alliance beyond the airlines' world. Our new model for intermodal partnerships sets the stage for aligned cooperation between different modes of transport across all Star Alliance markets. We are delighted to welcome Deutsche Bahn as our first Star Alliance intermodal partner."

Harry Hohmeister, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG: "This partnership is unique worldwide. Once again we are pioneers in Germany for the intelligent linking of transport worlds. We create added value for customers, for Germany as a business location, and the environment and society. Mobility of the future means mastering challenges together. The successful Lufthansa Express Rail cooperation is an outstanding example of this - based on this, we are now consistently taking the next step. Never have our customers benefited more from this partnership."

The new partnership between DB and Star Alliance builds on the Lufthansa Express Rail program. For more than 20 years, Lufthansa customers have been able to buy a combined ticket for train and flight in one booking step. In the future, all 25 other member airlines of the Star Alliance will be able to include DB's environmentally friendly ICE trains with flight numbers in their offers via their booking systems.

@DB AG/Oliver Lang
@DB AG/Oliver Lang

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