The induction of Avianca Brasil brings a Star Alliance presence back to South America’s largest air transport market, after former Star member TAM Airlines left the alliance on March 31, 2014 in order to join the rival oneworld alliance.

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The carrier’s existing shareholders and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Alitalia’s new 49 per cent shareholder, announced on January 20 that the Italian carrier would adopt new network, fleet, cost-management, airline partnership and customer-service strategies. It is also adopting a new look.

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Air Canada will launch year-round mainline service to Amsterdam from Toronto next June to expand its international network. Additions to the airline’s summer 2015 network also include new Air Canada rouge seasonal service from Montréal to Venice and between Vancouver and Osaka.

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The carrier will operate three-times-weekly round-trips to Brazil with Boeing 787-8 widebodies from Addis Ababa. The flights will make an intermediate stop at Ethiopan Airlines’ second hub at Lomé-Tokoin Airport in Togo.

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American Airlines will launch 17 additional weekly flights between the United States and Brazil this fall, having receiving approval from the U.S. and Brazilian authorities.

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This summer US Airways is offering daily, seasonal service to Barcelona, Athens, Glasgow, Venice and Lisbon from its hub at Philadelphia. The carrier will also add daily, seasonal service from US Airways’ hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Dublin, Madrid and Rome.

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TAAG will continue to grow its route network by using the new 777-300ERs for route expansion, including direct routes to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in Brazil, Lisbon and Oporto in Portugal, and other European destinations.

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On December 12, Delta Air Lines began operating between New York JFK and Sao Paulo with Boeing 767-400ERs, which offer 180-degree, flat-bed seats in BusinessElite. On December 14, Delta will begin using Boeing 767-400ERs between Atlanta and Sao Paulo.

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The U.S. carrier is now selling service on 56 GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes flights between Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia and 15 Brazilian destinations.

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As a result of the agreement, GOL will add the cities of Marilia, Ribeirao Preto, Sao Jose de Rio Preto (Sao Paulo), Barreiras, Vitoria da Conquista (Bahia) and Ji-Parana (Rondonia) to its route network. Operating through Passaredo, GOL will also offer eight new direct flights.

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American Airlines has launched codesharing on flights operated by GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes between Sao Paulo and Salvador, Belem, Brasilia, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre and Recife, as well as between Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre.

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The seasonal service will run through April 4, 2011 and then will resume for the summer season between June 9 and August 22, 2011. American Airlines’ DFW-Rio service will then resume for the 2011-2012 winter season on November 22, 2011.

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Delta Air Lines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation to expand its service between the United States and Brazil, in order to allow increased flights between its Detroit hub and Sao Paulo.

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The JW Marriott Hotel Rio De Janeiro has completed a 9-million-Brazilian-Reais (US$5 million) renovation project spanning the last two years and focusing mainly on bettering the travel experience for the executive guest.

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American Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to fly nonstop from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Rio de Janeiro’s Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport three times a week from November 18.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded American Airlines rights to fly 11 new flights per week between the United States and Brazil, starting November 18. American will offer daily nonstop service between New York JFK and Rio de Janeiro and four-times-weekly service between Miami and Brasilia.

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GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Delta Air Lines have asked the Brazilian and U.S. authorities for permission to launch a codeshare agreement, and are planning to link their frequent flyer programs.

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TAM and LAN Argentina are expanding their existing flight codeshare agreement to offer more convenience to passengers traveling between Brazil and Argentina.

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