LINK. • Brazil's TAM to leave Star for oneworld in early 2014 • LAN Colombia to join oneworld too, building on LAN group's 13-year membership of alliance • Business as usual for customers meantime, with seamless transition promised • Latin America's top airline group strengthens oneworld's status as global first choice alliance LATAM Airlines Group today confirmed its selection of oneworld® as the global alliance for all its passenger airlines. The decision, announced at a meeting of the oneworld Governing Board held in Hong Kong today, means: Brazil's TAM Airlines will leave the Star Alliance to join oneworld, along with its Paraguay subsidiary. Their transition is expected to be completed during 2014's second quarter. LAN Colombia, the latest part of LAN, will join oneworld as an affiliate member, in the fourth quarter of 2013. With Chile's LAN Airlines flying as a full member of oneworld since June 2000 and LAN Argentina, LAN Ecuador and LAN Peru added since as affiliate members, today's announcement will bring all of Latin America's top airline group into the same global airline alliance, alongside 11 of the other leading carriers from around the world and 30 of their affiliates. An exact date for TAM's departure from the Star Alliance will be announced in due course. The intention is for it to become part of oneworld immediately after it exits Star.