TAM Airlines to join oneworld in March
LAN Colombia, member of LATAM Airlines Group, has joined oneworld and now offers the leading quality global airline alliance’s full range of services and benefits to its passengers. TAM Airlines, another member of LATAM Airlines Group, will join oneworld on 31 March 2014.
LAN Airlines itself has been a full member of oneworld since 2000. All other passenger airline affiliates of LAN Airlines have subsequently joined oneworld as affiliate members – LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru. TAM’s Paraguayan affiliate will also become part of oneworld in the future, the exact date is to be confirmed.
LAN Colombia’s Chairman, Nicolás Cortázar, commented: “LAN Colombia is very proud to have joined oneworld. For our company it represents a real milestone, significantly improving our access to the rest of the world, helping attract more business visitors and tourists, enabling Colombians to reach more of the world’s most important business centres worldwide, and making it easier to travel the world from any of the destinations we serve across Colombia.”
LAN Colombia’s executive director, Hernán Pasman, commented: “To join oneworld is not only a great benefit to our passengers, it is also a demonstration of the high standards that LAN Colombia has achieved since our establishment in the country in 2010. Membership of oneworld underlines our airline’s commitment to service quality and safety.”
oneworld’s CEO Bruce Ashby, stated: “We are very pleased to welcome LAN Colombia on board as the newest oneworld affiliate member of the LAN group and alongside the other LAN airlines that have been such valuable partners for oneworld for many years.
“Its addition – as well as TAM’s transition to our alliance on 31 March 2014 - will further strengthen oneworld’s long-standing position as the leading alliance serving Latin America and makes oneworld an even more attractive proposition for frequent international travellers across the world. ” Ashby added.
Meanwhile, from Brazil TAM Airlines’ CEO, Claudia Sender, commented on TAM’s move to oneworld: “We want to introduce Brazil to our new partners and welcome them into our country. In the coming months, we will continue working to ensure a smooth transition for everyone. We also want our passengers to learn about the benefits, connections and products offered by oneworld so they can travel the world with us.”