Brazil's TAM will join Oneworld from 31 March 2014, following its merger with Oneworld carrier LAN in June 2012 to form LATAM Airlines Group.
TAM had earlier announced in March that it would become a Oneworld member in 2014, departing from the Star Alliance. TAM will operate its last flights as a Star carrier on 30 March 2014.
With TAM's joining date confirmed, LATAM's Paraguayan affiliate will be the only carrier that has not set a date for entry into Oneworld. Bogota-based LAN Colombia became a Oneworld member today.
TAM flies to 60 cities in 16 countries in Latin America, the USA and Europe, with a fleet of 161 aircraft. Its departure from Star was a result of conditions set by anti-trust regulators in approving the LATAM merger. They stipulated that LATAM could not be in the same alliance as the other major Latin American carrier, Avianca, which was formed from a merger between Avianca and Taca. Avianca became a Star member in June 2012.
Four Oneworld carriers, including LAN, already serve seven destinations in Brazil. The addition of TAM will expand Oneworld's network in Brazil to 42 destinations.