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Avianca Brazil to Exit Star Alliance

Avianca Brazil to Exit Star Alliance
Joe Cortez

A portion of Avianca will no longer be counted as one of the Star Alliance members. The international airline alliance announced Avianca Brasil would leave the group on September 1, 2019, citing the carrier’s bankruptcy as the primary reason.

Star Alliance will have one less affiliate member in their ranks as of September 1, 2019. In a press release, the international airline alliance announced they would drop Avianca Brasil, due to their bankruptcy and suspended national air certificate.

The drop does not remove Colombian flag carrier Avianca from their membership of 27 international airlines. Rather, the Brazilian airline legally known as Oceanair Linhas Aéreas S/A will be ejected from Star Alliance.

OceanAir was rebranded Avianca Brasil in March 2010, under common ownership with the Colombian airline by Synergy Group. After Avianca joined Star Alliance, the group was hesitant to accept Avianca Brasil due to IT concerns. Eventually, the smaller airline became an affiliate member on July 22, 2015.

Just over three years later, Avianca Brasil would be forced into bankruptcy protection, due to climbing bank debts and over $26 million due to airports. Despite efforts by fellow Star Alliance member United Airlines to keep Avianca Brasil afloat, the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil suspended the airline’s flight certificate in 2019 due to the debt and security concerns. Today, Avianca Brasil’s website is no longer functioning.

“Initially joining Star Alliance in 2015, Avianca Brasil made important contributions to our customer proposition in the Brazilian market, and we regret this unfortunate development,” Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh said in the release. “I wish to stress that the exit of Avianca Brasil in no way affects the membership of Avianca S.A., our valued member based in Bogota, Colombia, which continues to be a significant contributor to the Alliance in South America.”

Flyers still hoping to get to Brazil via Star Alliance still have plenty of options for their travel. According to the international group, 11 member carriers offers service to the South American nation, including Air Canada, Avianca, Copa Airlines and United.


[Image Source: Avianca Brazil]

View Comments (3)


  1. drvannostren

    August 21, 2019 at 6:24 am

    I only flew 06 once during their tenure in Star Alliance, I flew them once before as well, but this sucks. I liked the two flights I took with them, very similar to my AV experiences in Colombia & Peru, so no complaints there. More than that though, we’ve got 1 less partner to redeem on and domestic Brazil coverage goes down big time, Southern South America coverage goes down as well. Brazil is such a tough market, I’d love to see AV introduce a couple more flights from BOG/LIM to maybe secondary cities in Brazil, but I’m not sure they have the fleet for it or that any of the cities would make economic sense.

  2. rjg319

    August 21, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    So let’s break this down:

    An airline that is no longer operating was dropped from the Star Alliance (bankrupt, no operating certificate, and website is no longer operating).

    This is news?

  3. zpaul

    August 21, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Would this be more appropriately titled, “Avianca Brasil to cease operations”? Leaving Star Alliance seems like a function of that, not that they chose to leave or were kicked out, as the current headline implies.

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