TAM To Leave Star Alliance And Join Oneworld

Brazilian carrier TAM has announced it will leave Star Alliance and join its sister carrier LAN in the rival Oneworld alliance. Both airlines were merged under the LATAM Airlines Group last summer and were consolidating its operations including membership in one alliance network.

 

In selecting Oneworld, LATAM cited benefits and connectivity for passengers, airline products and greater synergies for their decision. Its passengers will be able to fly to 950 destinations and earn/redeem miles on 12 full and 30 affiliate member airlines, with SriLankan Airlines and Qatar Airways in the process of joining the alliance.

 

No specific date has been set for TAM’s withdrawal from Star Alliance, but plans are underway for this to take place in the second quarter of 2014 and for the airline to become part of Oneworld immediately after. Until completion of its induction into Oneworld, TAM frequent flyers will continue to receive benefits offered by Star Alliance.

 

TAM’s departure will tilt the balance in the alliance war in South America, leaving Star Alliance with a considerable void in the region that it will now rely on members Avianca and TACA Airlines to cover.

 

For more information, visit www.tamairlines.com and www.oneworld.com.

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