Alianza Summa alliance has officially been dismantled, a step largely expected
after the grounding of carrier ACES in August.
the alliance continued to exist formally following the ACES termination, its
effectiveness had been largely diminished because alliance member Avianca owns
and controls the group’s third member, SAM Colombia.
spokesman for Avianca says: “This decision has no influence on the operations
of Avianca as Alianza Summa acted only as an umbrella brand name to the
airlines participating in the alliance – which at all times continued to
is owned and controlled jointly by Valores Bavaria and the Colombian
association of coffee growers, which both own 50% of the company.
airline, which is under bankruptcy protection, is continuing the implementation
of measures to streamline its corporate structure in order to secure approval
for its restructuring plan which must be presented to a New York bankruptcy
court before 2 December. The carrier has just gained authorisation from a
Bogota labour court to lay off another 350 employees – mostly administrative
and maintenance personnel.