LAN Colombia will join oneworld from Oct. 1, the first of the merged LATAM airlines to join the alliance.
LATAM Airlines Group, parent of Brazil’s TAM and Chile’s LAN Airlines, announced in March it had chosen membership in oneworld over Star Alliance for both carriers.
LAN Airlines, which has been a full member of oneworld since 2000, merged with TAM Airlines in 2011. TAM was a member of Star Alliance. Chilean antitrust authorities required LATAM to leave one of the alliances when it approved the merger.
All other passenger airline affiliates of LAN Airlines have joined oneworld as affiliate members subsequently—LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru—apart from TAM, which will transition to oneworld from Star Alliance in the second quarter of 2014, as announced in March. LAN said that dates for the switch will be announced “in due course.” TAM’s Paraguayan affiliate TAM Mercosur will also become part of oneworld.
“With the other airlines lining up to join oneworld in the coming months, the alliance’s network will expand to almost a thousand destinations in more than 150 countries served by a combined fleet of 3,300 aircraft operating 14,000 daily departures, carrying 480 million passengers a year and generating annual revenues of $140 billion,” LAN said in a statement.
LAN Colombia, launched in 2011, serves 23 airports in three countries with a fleet of 24 aircraft—including Boeing 767s and 737s, Airbus A320s and Bombardier Dash 8-200s—operating 130 departures a day. It boarded 3.7 million passengers in 2012.
Source: Air Transport World