LATAM Airlines Group has confirmed that oneworld is to be the global alliance for all its passenger airlines. The decision means that Brazil’s TAM Airlines will leave the Star Alliance to join oneworld, along with its Paraguay subsidiary.

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JAL will codeshare with Jetstar Japan on the latter carrier’s domestic flights connecting to and from JAL’s international services at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, Osaka Kansai International Airport and Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport.

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Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways took the first step in connecting their networks on January 26. Southwest Airlines says it is on pace to connect the two networks fully in April.

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All board members of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, Inc. have unanimously approved a merger agreement for the two companies to combine to create what is likely to be the world’s largest airline.

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At Grand Rapids, Southwest will offer double the number of flights AirTran Airways is operating. From August 11, Southwest will offer six daily non-stop flights, compared with three daily non-stop flights operated until then by AirTran.

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According to oneworld, Malaysia Airlines, which serves more than 60 destinations in almost 30 countries, will substantially expand the alliance’s network in Southeast Asia, which is seeing rapid economic expansion.

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Alaska Airlines and AeroMexico have signed a frequent flier and codeshare agreement to connect their networks and bring more options to travelers flying between Mexico and several cities on the U.S. West Coast and in Alaska.

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Singapore Airlines has agreed to sell its 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd to Delta Air Lines for $360 million in cash. Together with its share purchase, Delta Air Lines has reached agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways to form a new joint venture on transatlantic routes.

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The agreement will include Air Canada’s code on Turkish Airlines’ Toronto-Istanbul flight and several destinations beyond Istanbul, some in Turkey and others in the Middle East and Africa. Turkish will also codeshare on Air Canada’s planned new non-stop service between Toronto and Istanbul.

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At a ceremony held at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport on November 29, Mark Schwab, the CEO of Star Alliance, welcomed Shenzhen Airlines into the alliance on behalf on the alliance’s Chief Executive Board.

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China’s Xiamen Airlines has become the 19th member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance and the fourth SkyTeam member from the Greater China region.

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Hawaiian Airlines and Virgin America have signed cooperative marketing agreements with each other in order to expand the reach of their respective networks and provide a range of new travel benefits for their customers.

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Finnair is offering its customers five new ticket types in a bid to simplify the purchasing of airline tickets, improve clarity in ticket pricing and offer suitable fares to all customers. Finnair will also begin checking in passengers automatically and sending boarding passes to their mobile phones.

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The national airline of Malaysia has received clearance to become a full member of oneworld after successfully completing a thorough review of its readiness conducted by Qantas Airways, which is sponsoring Malaysia Airlines’ entry into the alliance, with the oneworld central team.

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Delta Air Lines plans to expand its international service and customer enhancements at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, offering benefits to its own and Alaska Airlines’ customers as a result of the alliance between the two carriers.

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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways and Ireland’s Aer Lingus have signed an interline and codeshare agreement following the UAE national airline’s recent purchase of a 2.987 per cent shareholding in the Irish carrier.

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Members of American Airlines’ AAdvantage frequent-flyer program can now book award travel via AA.com on Qantas Airways, a oneworld alliance carrier and joint business partner of American on transpacific routes.

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From July 1, members of JetBlue Airways’ customer loyalty program TrueBlue will be able to earn TrueBlue points across Emirates’ network of more than 120 destinations worldwide. Emirates’ Skywards members will be able to earn Skywards Miles throughout JetBlue’s network.

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AeroMexico is launching daily service between Atlanta and Mexico City on July 1. The carrier will use 99-seat Embraer 190s, operated by its regional subsidiary AeroMexico Connect, on the route.

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