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See below the list of current and pending members of the Alliances.

Airline Alliance Status Join Date
Adria Airways Star Alliance Member 2004
Aegean Airlines Star Alliance Member 2010
Aeroflot SkyTeam Member 2006
Aerolineas Argentinas SkyTeam Member 2012
Aeromexico SkyTeam Member 2000
Air Canada Star Alliance Member 1997
Air China Star Alliance Member 2007
Air Europa Lineas Aereas SkyTeam Member 2007
Air France SkyTeam Member 2000
Air India Star Alliance Member 2014
Air New Zealand Star Alliance Member 1999
airberlin oneworld Member 2012
Alitalia SkyTeam Member 2001
All Nippon Airways Star Alliance Member 1999
American Airlines oneworld Member 1998
Asiana Airlines Star Alliance Member 2003
Austrian Airlines Star Alliance Member 2000
Avianca Star Alliance Member 2012
Avianca Brazil Star Alliance Member 2015
BA CityFlyer oneworld (affiliate) Member 1998
British Airways oneworld Member 1998
Brussels Airlines Star Alliance Member 2009
Cathay Dragon oneworld (affiliate) Member 1998
Cathay Pacific oneworld Member 1998
Cebu Pacific Value Alliance Member 2016
China Airlines SkyTeam Member 2011
China Cargo Airlines SkyTeam Member 2013
China Eastern Airlines SkyTeam Member 2011
China Southern Airlines SkyTeam Member 2007
Comair (South Africa) oneworld (affiliate) Member 1998
Copa Airlines Star Alliance Member 2012
Croatia Airlines Star Alliance Member 2004
CSA Czech Airlines SkyTeam Member 2001
Delta Air Lines SkyTeam Member 2000
Eastar Jet U-FLY Alliance Member 2016
EgyptAir Star Alliance Member 2008
Envoy oneworld (affiliate) Member 1998
Ethiopian Airlines Star Alliance Member 2011
EVA Air Star Alliance Member 2013
Finnair oneworld Member 1999
Garuda Indonesia SkyTeam Member 2014
Globus oneworld (affiliate) Member 2010
HK Express U-FLY Alliance Member 2016
Iberia oneworld Member 1999
Iberia Express oneworld (affiliate) Member 2012
Iberia Regional Air Nostrum oneworld (affiliate) Member 1999
J-Air oneworld (affiliate) Member 2007
Japan Airlines oneworld Member 2007
Japan Transocean Air oneworld (affiliate) Member 2007
JEJU air Value Alliance Member 2016
Juneyao Airlines Star Alliance (connecting partner) Pending 2017
Kenya Airways SkyTeam Member 2007
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines SkyTeam Member 2004
Korean Air SkyTeam Member 2000
LAN Airlines oneworld Member 2000
LAN Argentina oneworld (affiliate) Member 2000
LAN Colombia oneworld (affiliate) Member 2013
LAN Ecuador oneworld (affiliate) Member 2000
LAN Express oneworld (affiliate) Member 2000
LAN Peru oneworld (affiliate) Member 2000
LOT Polish Airlines Star Alliance Member 2003
Lucky Air U-FLY Alliance Member 2016
Lufthansa Star Alliance Member 1997
Malaysia Airlines oneworld Member 2013
Middle East Airlines SkyTeam Member 2012
Network Aviation oneworld (affiliate) Member 2016
NIKI oneworld (affiliate) Member 2012
Nok Air Value Alliance Member 2016
NokScoot Value Alliance Member 2016
Nordic Regional Airlines oneworld (affiliate) Member 1999
OpenSkies oneworld (affiliate) Member 1998
Qantas Airways oneworld Member 1998
QantasLink oneworld (affiliate) Member 1998
Qatar Airways oneworld Member 2013
Royal Jordanian oneworld Member 2007
S7 Airlines oneworld Member 2010
SAS Star Alliance Member 1997
Saudia SkyTeam Member 2012
Scoot Value Alliance Member 2016
Shenzhen Airlines Star Alliance Member 2012
Singapore Airlines Star Alliance Member 2000
South African Airways Star Alliance Member 2006
SriLankan Airlines oneworld Member 2014
SUN-AIR of Scandinavia oneworld (affiliate) Member 1998
SWISS Star Alliance Member 2006
TAM Airlines oneworld Member 2014
TAP Portugal Star Alliance Member 2005
TAROM SkyTeam Member 2010
Thai Airways Star Alliance Member 1997
Tigerair Value Alliance Member 2016
Tigerair Australia Value Alliance Member 2016
Turkish Airlines Star Alliance Member 2008
United Airlines Star Alliance Member 1997
Urumqi Air U-FLY Alliance Member 2016
Vanilla Air Value Alliance Member 2016
Vietnam Airlines SkyTeam Member 2010
West Air U-FLY Alliance Member 2016
Xiamen Airlines SkyTeam Member 2012
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Copa Holdings believes a recovery in demand will support marked rise in 2017 capacity growth

13-Mar-2017 9:49 PM

Panama’s Copa Airlines is planning markedly increased capacity year-on-year in 2017 as demand patterns in Latin America continue to build on strength that began to emerge in 2H2016. That followed two years of economic contraction in the region. Most of Copa’s growth in 2017 stems from higher utilisation, given that its fleet is expanding by just a single aircraft during the year. The airline also plans to add back, in the lower season, the capacity that it cut in 2016 to adjust to Latin America’s weakened supply demand scenario.

Copa’s outlook is based on its determination that demand is holding steady in Latin America, and it is joining other airlines in the region in expanding capacity as a slow economic recovery begins to take effect. Its approach, that there is strengthening demand, stretches broadly across its network, even in Brazil, whose deep economic recession drove Latin America’s overall two year long economic contraction.

Copa has no concerns about its fellow Star Alliance partners Avianca and United potentially deepening their partnership through a proposed equity stake by United in Avianca. Although Copa has not publicly confirmed that it courted Avianca during its evaluation process for a strategic partner, the airline now believes United is the best partner for Avianca.

TAP Portugal transforms under new owners to tap potential; at forefront of narrowbody long haul

10-Mar-2017 4:25 PM

A period of restructuring following investment by new shareholders in TAP Portugal in Nov-2015 has led to a resurgent airline. It returned to profit in 2016 after two years of losses and enjoyed a surge in passenger numbers in 4Q2016.

The investment by the Atlantic Gateway Consortium, which HNA Group will formally join in 1H2017, provided funds for fleet expansion. TAP's orders include A321neoLR aircraft, giving it the potential to open new long haul routes not possible with widebodies.

TAP's VP finance, Teresa Lopes, told the CAPA Fleet & Finance Summit on 2-Mar-2017 that the A321neoLR would be deployed on the Atlantic, putting the airline at the forefront of narrowbody long haul operations. TAP's new shareholders have also enabled new partnerships with Brazil's Azul, JetBlue of the US and China's Hainan Airlines. The TAP-Azul relationship has already progressed beyond codeshare and the Hainan relationship offers much potential.

In the past year TAP has also reorganised its regional operation, launched a new fare structure and embarked on a seat densification programme to lower unit cost and drive revenue. As Ms Lopes said, "We are certainly going through a transformation, we don’t want to be envisioned as a legacy carrier anymore".

Finnair accelerates capacity growth, led by long haul; seeks cost efficiency through fleet & labour

28-Feb-2017 10:30 PM

In 2016 Finnair accelerated its rate of capacity growth after a modest return to expansion in 2015, following cuts in 2014. It also experienced a fall in unit revenue (as did most European airlines), most notably in the regions of highest capacity growth, i.e. the long haul markets North America and Asia.

Asia is Finnair's most important long haul market (Japan and China are its two biggest markets by ASKs) and its ranking by seats on routes between European and NE/SE Asia is disproportionate. It has ambitious growth plans in the region and will increase frequencies to Tokyo and Hong Kong this summer. Its long haul network, which will also extend to San Francisco this summer and Goa next winter, is largely founded on connecting traffic via its Helsinki hub.

Finnair's return to capacity growth has coincided with a return to profit, but lower fuel prices were the main driver of its bottom line improvement. Its profit margins remain slim and, beyond the vagaries of fuel price benefits, Finnair aims for more sustainable unit cost cuts. Fleet strategy and labour productivity form a two pronged attack on its cost base.

Avianca Holdings: United Air partnership and Synergy infusion raise more questions than answers

15-Feb-2017 9:03 PM

Avianca Holdings and United have taken a strategic step to bolster their respective competitiveness in the Latin American and US markets, by working to deepen their partnership. United is the only US airline without a prospective joint venture partner in the region, and Avianca needs an anchor partner such as United to broaden its network coverage in North America.

The scope that Avianca and United’s deepened partnership will encompass remains unknown. Since mid 2016 Avianca has been searching for a strategic investor, and reportedly drew interest from Delta Air Lines and Copa Holdings before settling on United.

At the same time Avianca outlined plans to develop a strategic partnership with United, Avianca’s majority shareholder Synergy pledged to invest USD200 million into the company, which could signal that Synergy remains committed to having sizeable influence over Avianca.

Synergy also plans to obtain necessary regulatory approvals to fold Avianca Brasil into Avianca Holdings. Synergy is the major shareholder of both airlines, but the companies have been run separately for years. The timing is curious, since United also has a minority stake in the Brazilian airline Azul. Synergy’s moves raise questions about United and Azul’s future partnership, as well as the level of ownership United could take in Avianca Holdings.

Beijing's second airport at Daxing: risk of unproductive competition, China Eastern the big winner

10-Feb-2017 1:29 PM

The most important regulatory development in Chinese aviation in 2016 – and possibly one of the top for the decade – was awarding China Eastern Airlines home carrier status for Beijing's second airport, Beijing Daxing, due to open in 2019. There are usually few surprises in Chinese aviation: if word does not leak out, it is softly dripped. But few expected that China would award China Eastern in this way. China Eastern is due to become the only Chinese airline with dual home hubs in Beijing and Shanghai, granting a remarkable advantage.

Rather than allow airlines to operate from both airports, Air China and its Star Alliance partners will remain at their existing Beijing Capital hub and benefit from significant slot growth. China Eastern, China Southern (which was also named base carrier at Daxing) and SkyTeam partners will gradually move to the new Beijing Daxing.

Yet this move, expected to be backed by added traffic rights, risks the two airports competing with each other rather than singularly growing the Beijing hub, which has better geography as a connecting point for Europe and North America. China Eastern may indirectly receive a second victory: fragmenting Beijing adds relative strength to China Eastern's hub at Shanghai, where it is the only intercontinental home airline. China can make sweeping policy changes, but until then China Eastern's advantage is undeniable.

Etihad-Lufthansa partnership: Lufthansa – the good guys of globalisation, starting along the road

2-Feb-2017 11:48 AM

Pragmatism is forcing the Lufthansa Group to compromise its legacy outlook and adapt its rhetoric as it cautiously welcomes into its nucleus the Etihad Aviation Group. Lufthansa and Etihad’s 01-Feb-2017 USD200 million catering and engineering deal may seem underwhelming, but it brings Etihad into other areas of Lufthansa Group’s business – and management. After being so flagrantly opposed to Gulf airlines, Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr recognises he needs to change internal mindsets while not advancing faster than ultraconservative unions will allow. Mr Spohr also says there is potential for a JV with Etihad.

As with recent Etihad cooperation – addressing ailing airberlin, and a new simple codeshare – the benefits of the latest deals are tilted towards Lufthansa. Lufthansa has yet to bring Etihad into its core to help address its fundamental cost and network problem – as it surely must do. Such a deal would leverage Etihad’s fundamental business of a hub in Abu Dhabi.

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