Avianca Brazil joins Star Alliance

By David Flynn, July 23 2015

Avianca Brazil is now the newest member of the Star Alliance family after Star's 27 other member airlines voted to approve the Brazilian airline's seat at the table in Warsaw last month.

Joining its Colombian-based sibling Avianca, Avianca Brazil will help fill the hole created in the South American market when Brazil's TAM merged with Chilean airline LAN to create LATAM, and left Star Alliance for Oneworld, which also counts Qantas among its members.

Primarily a domestic airline, Avianca Brazil flies to some 20 cities in the country plus the Colombian capital of Bogota.

The Avianca group comprises a clutch of South American airlines and is the continent's second-largest airline after LATAM.

"We're delighted they will be joining the team, Avianca Brazil will be a great add to the alliance" Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab told Australian Business Traveller on the sidelines of the Warsaw conference.

"TAM leaving left a gap, so we need a second carrier to replace TAM" Schwab says. "We do need to fill out the capacity."

Frequent flyers with Star Alliance Gold status can now enjoy lounge access, priority check-in and boarding when flying with Avianca Brazil, while all Star Alliance frequent flyers can earn and redeem points on Avianca Brazil flights.

Star Alliance is also in ongoing discussions with Brazil's Azul Airlines, to further bolster its position against Oneworld, with Schwab describing this as "a kind of watch-this-space story."

David Flynn travelled to Warsaw as a guest of Star Alliance.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

domesticgoddess

domesticgoddess

NZ Elite

03 Jul 2014

Total posts 108

I flew Azul a few weeks ago domestically. They were really rather good, and certainly head and shoulders above TAM. To be honest I even found Gol better than TAM.

jet_setter

jet_setter

Cathay Pacific - Asia Miles

01 Feb 2015

Total posts 113

This will be good for buying Avianca miles and burning them on star alliance carriers...

Michael Kao

Michael Kao

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Nov 2014

Total posts 336

When is star alliance going to fill up the gap left by Ansett?

petrhsr

petrhsr

10 Sep 2012

Total posts 151

Ask John Borghetti.   Apparently VA doesn't need to be in an alliance, however many of their frequent flyers would surely welcome them joining *A, and you can't tell me that it wouldn't be good for business.


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