United Airlines has welcomed Avianca, TACA and Copa Airlines to the Star Alliance, a global airline network, offering United customers additional reach into Latin America, according to the Shipping Gazette.
At the same time, the airline announced that it is placing its code on Avianca-operated flights to cities in Colombia, and Avianca is placing its code on certain United-operated flights within the US. This is in addition to United's relationship with TACA, which dates back to 2006.
The American airline has a longstanding and broad relationship with Copa, including codesharing on Copa flights from its Panama hub and United flights in the US. It also serves as Copa's mentor in its entry into the Star Alliance.
"Avianca, TACA and Copa customers now have access to an unprecedented network with more than 21,500 daily Star Alliance member flights worldwide. Meanwhile, current Star Alliance customers will benefit from improved access to Latin America," said United vice president Hershel Kamen.