Avianca Brazil to Join Star Alliance on July 22
Avianca Brazil will become a member of Star Alliance on July 22. Representatives of Star Alliance’s 27 member airlines convened in Warsaw, Poland, and voted to admit the Brazilian carrier to the alliance on Wednesday.
The addition will help fill Star Alliance’s void in the South American market created after Brazil’s TAM merged with the Chilean carrier LAM and created LATAM, which left Star Alliance and joined the oneworld alliance.
“We are delighted that we can include Avianca in Brazil as of next month, which, together with various new hub-to-hub services announced by individual members, signifies that we will boost network connectivity this year,” said Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab.
Avianca Brazil was first invited to join Star Alliance in late 2013. The airline alliance is also currently in talks with Brazil’s Azul Airlines, hoping to add the carrier to its network in the near future.
Avianca Brazil was founded in 1998, and is headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil. It is primarily a domestic airline, with flights to over 20 destinations in Brazil.
The carrier joins Colombian airline Avianca as the second South American carrier in Star Alliance. Avianca is the second-largest airline in South America, after LATAM.
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