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Avianca Brasil to leave Star Alliance

Sao Paulo-based Ocean Air Linhas Aereas, which operated as Avianca Brasil, will leave the Star Alliance network of airlines effective 1 September, following several months of bankruptcy proceedings and the withdrawal of its air operations certificate by regulators in Brazil.

Star Alliance chief executive Jeffrey Goh says in the announcement on 19 August that the exit of Avianca Brasil "in no way affects the membership of Avianca SA, our valued member based in Bogota, Colombia".

Avianca Brasil filed for bankruptcy protection in December 2018. Brazil's civil aviation regulator ANAC grounded the airline in May over "safety concerns" and cancelled the carrier's certificate in June.

Eleven of the Star Alliance member airlines service Brazil, including Air Canada, Air China, Copa Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, South African Airways, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines and United Airlines.

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