TAM Brazilian Airlines has confirmed May 13 as the date it will become the 27th member of the Star Alliance.
The carrier has been working behind the scenes since late 2008 to ready itself for intergration into the alliance, and recently switched to Heathrow T1 to join fellow Star members (see online news March 18). TAM also introduced its first class product onto the London-Sao Paulo route earlier this year.
From May 13 members of the carrier’s Fidelidade loyalty scheme (which TAM says number some 6.6 million) will be able to earn and burn miles with other Star members.
Report by Mark Caswell