Avianca, TACA Airlines and Copa Airlines have been inducted into the Star Alliance, cementing the alliance’s presence in Latin America and adding nearly 50 more airports to its network.

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Members of both carriers’ frequent flyer programs will be able to earn and redeem loyalty points or miles for travel on either airline. Travelers will also be able to connect between the two carriers to points throughout the East Coast and Hawaii, with the signing of a new codeshare agreement.

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Members of Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards and AirTran Airways’ A+ Rewards frequent-flyer programs are now able to transfer their loyalty rewards between the two programs. This will allow members to combine rewards from the two airlines’ frequent-flyer programs.

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The three airlines have agreed to a global partnership that for the first time allows each airline’s loyalty-program members to redeem miles or points when taking flights on any of the sister-branded airlines across their respective route networks.

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Avianca and Taca, both owned by AviancaTaca Holding S.A., have signed a trade agreement with AeroMexico to explore opportunities to supplement their route networks with codesharing.

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Air Berlin will officially become a full member of the oneworld alliance on Tuesday, March 20, adding Europe’s sixth-largest carrier to the alliance. Austrian airline Niki, also a member of the Air Berlin group, will join oneworld at the same time as an affiliate member.

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Effective this week, customers will be able to purchase single tickets combining travel on both Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue Airways, allowing for seamless travel between the carriers’ networks. In the near future, Hawaiian intends to codeshare on JetBlue-operated flights.

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Under the first phase of the new codeshare agreement, Delta Air Lines will place its ‘DL’ flight code on WestJet flights to more than 15 Canadian cities, while WestJet will add its ‘WS’ code to Delta flights in five markets. Codeshare service begins on January 23.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways and Hawaiian Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement for passenger flights within Japan and Hawaii, as well as ANA-operated flights between Honolulu and Tokyo Haneda Airport.

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According to reports from Europe, Etihad Airways is paying only €72.9 million ($94.9 million) to buy 27.03 per cent of Air Berlin, Europe ’s sixth-largest airline, in addition to the 2.99 per cent pre-dilution shareholding it already owned in the carrier.

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At a ceremony held at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport on December 13, the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board has welcomed Ethiopian Airlines as the alliance’s third carrier based on the African continent.

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As part of a joint plan to increase services to northern Australia, Singapore Airlines’ regional full-service airline SilkAir will begin four-times-weekly service between Singapore and Darwin on March 26. Virgin Australia will complement these flights with daily service between Sydney and Darwin from April 2.

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American Airlines and China’s Hainan Airlines have agreed to codeshare on each other’s flights and to offer members of their frequent-flyer programs new opportunities to earn and redeem mileage points.

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Delta Air Lines and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes have agreed to create a long-term exclusive commercial alliance. As part of the agreement, Delta will invest $100 million in GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes and will have a seat on the GOL board of directors.

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American Airlines and Alaska Airlines are expanding their long-standing relationship by offering additional reciprocal benefits to elite-status members of American’s AAdvantage Program and Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan.

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Hawaiian Airlines and the Virgin Australia group of airlines have launched a new agreement that allows V Australia to codeshare on Hawaiian Airlines’ flights between Sydney and Honolulu, and on Hawaiian’s connecting inter-island flights to Kahului, Lihue, Hilo and Kona.

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American Airlines has launched a frequent-flyer agreement with oneworld member-elect Kingfisher Airlines, allowing members of each airline’s loyalty program to earn and redeem miles on each other’s network.

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The two airlines say the new codeshare will give American’s customers more travel options throughout the South Pacific and Air Pacific customers easier access to major business centers in the United States.

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