Avianca Brasil has become the 28th member of Star Alliance.
The sister airline of Colombian carrier Avianca was welcomed into the alliance by CEO Mark Schwab at a ceremony held at Sao Paolo's Guarulhos airport yesterday. Avianca has been a member since 2009.
Schwab said: "Adding Avianca Brasil to our network is an important step in enhancing our customer proposition in Latin America.
"Brazil is the most important aviation market on the continent and we are pleased that from today onwards, we can once again offer domestic connections in Brazil."
Avianca Brasil serves 23 domestic destinations and one international (Bogota), with over 200 daily flights.
Aviation in Brazil is growing exponentially, from 33 million passengers flying in 2004, to 100 million last year.
With a prediction that 200 million flights will be taken in 2024, "the future starts today," Avianca Brasil CEO Jose Efromovich said.
A year ago, Air India become the 27th member of Star Alliance (see news, July 2014).