OT: Delta buys 20% of LATAM - will leave Oneworld

Old Sep 26, 19, 4:04 pm
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OT: Delta buys 20% of LATAM - will leave Oneworld

Itís being reported that Delta will purchase 20% of LATAM. As a result the airline will leave OneWorld (hence the BA connection).

https://www.cnbc.com/amp/2019/09/26/...mpression=true

ďLATAM will be leaving the OneWorld alliance, but it was not immediately clear whether it would join SkyTeam, the group that includes Delta and its partners.Ē

I wonder what effect this will have on BAís Southern America ops. They were never that strong and now losing their partner canít help.
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Old Sep 26, 19, 4:28 pm
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Disappointing as LATAM were a nice airline with fantastic South American coverage. Leaves a big hole for Oneworld after losing Mexicana a while back. Most other Latin American carriers are basket cases or not worth bothering with
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Old Sep 26, 19, 4:37 pm
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Originally Posted by andymcdonnell View Post
Disappointing as LATAM were a nice airline with fantastic South American coverage. Leaves a big hole for Oneworld after losing Mexicana a while back. Most other Latin American carriers are basket cases or not worth bothering with
Agreed, definitely creates a big gap for OW in SA.

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Old Sep 26, 19, 4:47 pm
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Interesting. This is going to change quite a few things. I wonder, though, if it is such an issue because alliances per se appear to have less importance than they used to.
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Old Sep 26, 19, 4:58 pm
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There go the 40TP I was going to earn in April between MAD and FRA - assuming they leave Oneworld by then. Ah well, nevermind!
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Old Sep 26, 19, 5:04 pm
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That makes things quite interesting in SA, specially in Brazil, since Gol is/was a big partner of Skyteam airlines in the region and a direct competitor of LATAM.
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Old Sep 26, 19, 6:10 pm
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There go the 40TP I was going to earn in April between MAD and FRA - assuming they leave Oneworld by then. Ah well, nevermind!
These things take a long time - Iíd expect a full year or moreís notice.
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Old Sep 26, 19, 7:00 pm
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SA market is very uncompetitive with only 2 big players. Latam and Avianca. If latam joins skyteam OW would pretty much have no routes apart from a few with BA and Iberia.
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Old Sep 26, 19, 7:43 pm
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AA flies to a few cities too. But there won't be any connection opportunities.
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Old Sep 26, 19, 9:46 pm
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Not a bad move for Latam, partnering with the best quality NA airline. I think the days of Alliances as the driver of airline integration are firmly over.
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Old Sep 27, 19, 12:52 am
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I really hope they wonít leave within the next 3 months...

I have spent lots of £££ on flights with them them in South America which are part of my plan to keep Gold!
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Old Sep 27, 19, 1:02 am
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Not very happy as I was planning to visit Easter Island and other locations with them in the near future. Oh well...
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Old Sep 27, 19, 1:21 am
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That is such a shame as I travel quite frequently to Brazil and surrounding countries on LATAM. I hope the regulators don't approve the purchase by Delta and instead the JV talks resume with AA - Wishful thinking but you never know.
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Old Sep 27, 19, 1:32 am
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LATAM are great and pretty disappointed with this - those who want to go MPN I suggest you get cracking. Thereís also a new GRU-MPN route coming but Iíll be flying that it seems without any benefits!

Had great trips to MPN/CUZ/PUQ/SCL with LATAM connections and having OneWorld benefits do make a difference.

Nothing lasts forever though
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Old Sep 27, 19, 3:13 am
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They supposedly decided to leave OW and hook up with Delta due to the Chilean govt refusing the joint venture with AA. Why would they subsequently approve one with DL?
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