United Airlines welcomes Copa Airlines, Avianca and TACA Airlines to Star Alliance

United Airlines welcomes Avianca, TACA and Copa Airlines to the Star Alliance, the world’s leading global airline network, offering United customers additional reach into Latin America.

In conjunction with this announcement, effective today, United is placing its code on Avianca-operated flights to cities in Colombia, and Avianca is placing its code on certain United-operated flights within the U.S. This is in addition to United’s relationship with TACA, which dates back to 2006.

United has a longstanding and broad relationship with Copa, including codesharing on Copa flights from its Panama hub and United flights in the U.S. United also serves as Copa’s mentor in its entry into the Star Alliance.

“United heartily welcomes Copa, Avianca and TACA into the Star Alliance,” said Hershel Kamen, senior vice president Alliances, Regulatory and Policy for United Airlines. “Avianca, TACA and Copa customers now have access to an unprecedented network with more than 21,500 daily Star Alliance member flights worldwide. Meanwhile, current Star Alliance customers will benefit from improved access to Latin America.”

Through the Star Alliance, members of United’s loyalty program, MileagePlus, and the Avianca and TACA frequent-flier program, LifeMiles, now can earn and redeem mileage anywhere on either airline’s route network. MileagePlus is also Copa’s loyalty program. Further, United Club members and MileagePlus Premier members with Star Alliance Gold status traveling on a same-day Star Alliance member flight can access Copa, Avianca and TACA lounges at the flight’s departure city. Avianca, TACA and Copa Star Alliance Gold members can access United Club lounges worldwide when traveling on a same-day Star Alliance member flight from the airport lounge location. United and Copa jointly operate the lounge at Tocumen International Airport in Panama.

Source = United Continental Holdings, Inc.
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