Brazilian Airline Ocean Air Linhas Aéreas S/A in São Paulo, formerly operating as Avianca Brasil, will formally leave Star Alliance on 1 September 2019.
The ailing airline has been under several months of bankruptcy protection and the Brazilian regulator ANAC has also withdrawn then airline’s Air Operator Certificate.
As of 1 September 2019, there will be 27 member airlines.
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.Jeffrey Goh, CEO Star Alliance
Eleven Star Alliance member airlines offer direct services to and from Brazil. They include Air Canada, Avianca, Air China, Copa Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, South African Airways, TAP Air Portugal, Turkish Airlines and United.
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.