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A GOL 737-800 landing in São Paulo/Congonhas Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

How Airlines in Brazil Are Responding to the COVID-19

Like most large aviation markets around the world, Brazil was living within optimistic times at the start of 2020. Demand, as well as unit revenue. was growing at a healthy pace. However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the rise of confirmed cases in the country, heavily affected the positive figures. Airlines promptly started reacting to the quick fall of the demand, trying to stanch the losses. To make matters worse, in the middle of the crisis the…

LATAM Airlines Group Reports $190 Million Net Income in 2019

LATAM Airlines Group, Latin America's largest airline, presented its financial results of the fourth quarter and full year of 2019 last week. The group had its fourth consecutive year of positive results, registering a USD $190 million net income. This represents a reduction of 38.5 percent over the numbers of…

Delta and LATAM Announce Loyalty Agreement, Roll-Out First Codeshare Operations

The partnership between Delta Air Lines and LATAM Airlines Group, signed in September 2019, saw another important step announced this week. From April 1, frequent fliers of both carriers will count with reciprocity of miles earnings and redemptions. The reciprocity for Delta SkyMiles and LATAM Pass members will be valid…

LATAM Firms Up Departure Date From Oneworld

LATAM Airlines will leave the oneworld alliance on May 1, 2020. The decision, announced on Friday, moves the airline’s departure from the alliance up by five months. LATAM’s fliers will enjoy oneworld benefits, like frequent-flyer benefits across member airlines and access to lounges, through April 30. LATAM's early departure from…

LATAM to Start Offering Premium Economy on all Narrowbody Flights

LATAM Airlines Group, Latin America's largest airline, announced this Wednesday it would start offering a new premium class on all its Airbus A320 family operations, branded as "Premium Economy." LATAM will be the first major airline in South America to offer a premium product on narrowbody short-haul flights, a practice…

2019 Brazilian Airlines in Review: What Will 2020 Bring?

2019 was a hectic year for the Brazilian aviation industry, with plenty of ups and downs. Even though the economy is doing good, with the country steadily recovering from the largest recession in its history, Brazilian airlines have faced several challenges this year. Each company faced its very own arduous…

Delta Finalizes LATAM Stake Acquisition

Back in September, Delta surprised the aviation world with its unexpected announcement involving purchasing 20 percent of LATAM Airlines. The deal was completed on Tuesday, as Delta formally took ownership of shares in the South American carrier.  In a statement, Steve Sear, Delta’s president of international and executive vice president…

LATAM to Leave Oneworld in October 2020, Hints on Future…

In an already expected move, LATAM Airlines Group has officially set a date to leave the oneworld airline alliance: Oct. 1, 2020. Only months after having a 20 percent stake of the group sold to Delta Air Lines - a SkyTeam alliance member, the exit from the global alliance was…

LATAM’s Star Wars-Themed 777 Arrives in Brazil

LATAM Brasil, the biggest branch of the LATAM Airlines Group, is continuing to update its fleet of ten Boeing 777-300ER. The second one with the new interior, PT-MUJ, arrived from the maintenance center in Abu Dhabi just a few weeks ago, and the third one, PT-MUA, arrived this Tuesday at…

Opinion: Delta is Building an Aerial Empire Right Under Our…

Delta Air Lines is one of the world's largest air carriers and, now, certainly the most formidable force in the global aviation market. In a shocking announcement on Thursday afternoon, the Atlanta-based company said it would be taking a 20 percent stake in LATAM, Latin America's biggest airline conglomerate. Delta will…