The Brazilian airline Ocean Air Linhas Aéreas
S/A, headquartered in São Paulo and formerly doing business as
Avianca Brasil, has confirmed that it will formally leave Star
Alliance with effect from 1 September 2019.
Ocean Air’s withdrawal follows several months of
bankruptcy protection and the withdrawal of its Air Operator
Certificate (AOC) by Brazilian regulator ANAC.
Jeffrey Goh, CEO Star Alliance, said, “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. 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.”
As of 1 September 2019, the alliance will number
27 member airlines with 11 of the member airlines
offering direct services to and from Brazil, namely: Air Canada, Avianca, Air China, Copa Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa,
SWISS, South African Airways, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines
Taken together, Star Alliance member airlines
operate 588 weekly flights from 11 domestic points in Brazil to 17
Star Alliance hubs, offering connections to a further 738
international destinations, more than any other airline alliance.