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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 conditions. However, all of them could count on a crucial tailwind; the Brazilian economy is back to a sustainable path, which heats the demand after years of continued struggles. Brazil's…

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…

American Relaunches Boston Services, Increases Europe/South America Frequencies

American Airlines' 30th anniversary of serving Latin America came with an unexpected move, as its long-time oneworld alliance partner LATAM Airlines Group announced it would be cutting ties in favor of pursuing a strategic partnership with Delta. American, who operates the greatest number of frequencies between the U.S and Latin…

LATAM to Leave Oneworld and Remain Unaligned

On Thursday evening, the aviation community received a true shocker as Delta announced a 20 percent acquisition in the LATAM Airlines Group in the form of a $1.9 billion investment in the largest South American carrier. The deal will see Delta significantly increase its reach in South America, as both…

American Airlines, GOL Downplay Shocking LATAM-Delta Move

The day after Delta's shocking announcement of the acquisition of a 20 percent stake in LATAM was marked by one thing: the excitement and joy behind both new partners' communications and the damage control strategies at play in the companies that will suffer direct and unwanted changes in their long-time…

LATAM Brasil Changes Network Strategy to Avoid Losing Corporate Traffic,…

LATAM Brasil is passing by a year of several transformations. While most macroeconomic forecasts show a stagnated economy in Brazil, the top 3 Brazilian airlines - Azul, LATAM Brasil and GOL - have shown a growth in demand and ticket prices, with much of that owed to Avianca Brasil's virtual…

Delta Takes 20 Percent Stake in LATAM Airlines Group

Delta Air Lines has just announced it is buying a 20 percent stake of LATAM Airlines Group, the biggest group of carriers in Latin America, an acquisition which also brings a potentially unprecedented strategic alliance between two carriers from South America and the United States. The agreement will cost Delta…