LATAM Airlines Group (LAN Airlines and TAM Linhas Aereas) (Santiago) today confirmed its selection of oneworld® as the global alliance for all its passenger airlines.
The decision, announced at a meeting of the oneworld Governing Board held in Hong Kong today, means:
Brazil’s TAM Airlines will leave the Star Alliance to join oneworld, along with its Paraguay subsidiary. Their transition is expected to be completed during 2014’s second quarter.
LAN Colombia, the latest part of LAN, will join oneworld as an affiliate member, in the fourth quarter of 2013.
With Chile’s LAN Airlines flying as a full member of oneworld since June 2000 and LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru added since as affiliate members, today’s announcement will bring all of Latin America’s top airline group into the same global airline alliance, alongside 11 of the other leading carriers from around the world and 30 of their affiliates.
An exact date for TAM’s departure from the Star Alliance will be announced in due course. The intention is for it to become part of oneworld immediately after it exits Star.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. TAM Brasil’s (TAM Linhas Aereas) Boeing 777-32W ER PT-MUE (msn 38886) arrives at London (Heathrow).
TAM Linhas Aereas (TAM Airlines) (LANTAM Airlines Group) (Sao Paulo) will now launch the daily nonstop Rio de Janeiro (Galeao)-Orlando route with Airbus A330-200s on October 29 according to Airline Route.
In addition, the airline will upgrade the daily Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)-Miami route to the pictured Boeing 777-300 ER starting on September 19.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Climbing beautifully, brand new Boeing 777-32W ER PT-MUD departs from the runway at Paine Field near Everett.