LAN Colombia, a company related to LATAM Airlines Group SA (LAN Airlines), has entered oneworld as an affiliate member. LAN Airlines has been a full member of oneworld since 2000. All its other passenger airline affiliates have subsequently joined the alliance as affiliate members – LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador, LAN Peru and, from today, LAN Colombia – and, it was announced today, TAM will enter oneworld on 31 March 2014 with its Paraguayan affiliate to follow on a date yet to be confirmed.
This will bring all of the components of Latin America’s leading airline group into the world’s leading quality airline alliance, building on oneworld’s position as the first choice airline alliance for frequent international travellers within South America and worldwide.
These comprise leading airlines from all the key global regions for business travel. Among them are the number one carriers for travel between South and North America, American Airlines, and between Latin America and Europe, Iberia. oneworld’s other established members include Europe’s airberlin, British Airways, Finnair and S7, Asia-Pacific’s Cathay Pacific Airways, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Qantas, the Middle East’s Royal Jordanian, plus another 30 affiliated airlines. Five other airlines are lining up to join in the coming months.
LANPASS Comodoro and Comodoro Black cardholders now have Emerald status in the oneworld frequent flyer programme. LANPASS Premium Silver are equivalent to oneworld Sapphire and LANPASS Premium are oneworld Ruby. This entitles them to special privileges when travelling on any oneworld partner, including access to Business Class check-in and, when offered, pre-reserved and preferred seating, and priority on waitlists and on standby when flights are full.
oneworld Sapphire cardholders (LANPASS Premium Silver) also have access to oneworld’s network of hundreds of Business Class lounges on departure and priority boarding. In addition, oneworld Emeralds (LANPASS Comodoro and Comodoro Black) have access to First Class check-in and lounges and to fast tracks through security at selected airports plus an additional baggage allowance.
Also from today, the 140 million members of the other oneworld airlines’ frequent flyer programmes can now earn and redeem awards and tier status points and receive all other oneworld benefits when flying on LAN Colombia.
Meantime, LAN Colombia’s network is now covered by oneworld’s full range of alliance fares and sales products, including its oneworld Explorer round-the-world fare and its Visit South America pass – with TAM’s network to be covered from 31 March.
Through its oneworld partnership with American Airlines, Iberia and British Airways, LAN Colombia is able to offer its customers the most popular gateways for travellers from Latin America, in their Miami, New York, Madrid and London Heathrow hubs.
Since its launch in December 2011, LAN Colombia has quickly established itself as the second biggest airline in South America’s second largest economy. In total, it serves 24 airports in four countries with a fleet of 24 aircraft operating 130 departures a day. It boarded 3.7 million passengers in 2012.
TAM serves 60 destinations in 16 countries in Latin America, the USA and Europe, with a fleet of 161 aircraft operating 800 departures daily. It boarded 38 million passengers in 2012.
Three of oneworld’s existing members – American, Iberia and LAN – already serve three destinations in Colombia, in Bogota, Cali and Medellin. LAN Colombia expands that to a total of 21 Colombian gateways.
Across South America, oneworld’s established member airlines already serve 71 destinations in 11 countries. LAN Colombia and TAM add another 56 airports in the region to that network – with LAN Colombia bringing 18 airports on board and TAM.