|LATAM goes with oneworld over Star Alliance.|
LATAM has confirmed it will join global alliance, oneworld, prompting TAM Airlines and its Paraguay subsidiary to set aside its association with the Star Alliance.
With Chile's LAN Airlines has been flying as a full member of oneworld since June 2000 and LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru added since as affiliate members, the decision will bring the entire group into the same global airline alliance.
TAM’s transition away from the Star Alliance is expected to be completed during the second quarter next year, with an intention to become part of oneworld to be placed after its exit.
Meanwhile, LAN Columbia will join oneworld as an affiliate member in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Assuring a smooth transition, LATAM Airlines group chief executive Enrique Cueto said the decision was made after an evaluation of alliance options.
“We are very happy with the decision,” he said.