LAN Colombia stated (04-Sep-2013) it would become a oneworld affiliate member from 01-Oct-2013, as confirmed by the alliance, joining LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru as well as LAN Airlines. oneworld also confirmed TAM Airlines and TAM Airlines Paraguay will join the alliance from 2Q2014, transitioning from Star Alliance, though an exact yet "will be announced in due course". oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby stated, "We very much look forward to welcoming 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." [more - original PR]
oneworld confirms LAN Colombia affiliate member from 01-Oct-2013, TAM full member from 2Q2014
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