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oneworld and TAM to fly high at LACTE11

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The oneworld® alliance and its Brazilian member TAM Airlines are flying high at LACTE11, the biggest travel industry convention of the year in Latin America, which opened in Brazil’s São Paulo on Sunday (14 February).

oneworld is a “super host sponsor” of the event, which is organised by the Latin American Association of Events and Corporate Travel Managers (ALAGEV) and runs until Tuesday 16 February at São Paulo’s Grand Hyatt, with hundreds of top executives from across the travel, conferences and events industries throughout South America expected to attend.

oneworld is the leading airline alliance serving the region.  The alliance’s members TAM Airlines and its LATAM Airlines Group partner LAN Airlines are Latin America’s top airlines.  Fellow oneworld member American Airlines is the number one international airline serving the continent while Iberia is the leading European carrier flying there. 

With other oneworld members like British Airways and Qatar Airways also operating to the region, it means oneworld offers unrivalled connectivity across the continent and to and from all the places South Americans most want to visit.

oneworld will have a booth open all day, every day of LACTE11, in the Grand Foyer, hosted by senior representatives from the central oneworld team, TAM, LAN, American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific.

Delegates will be able to find out all steps the alliance and its member airlines are taking to make it easier still for travellers to connect within the region and with the rest of the world.

oneworld will also host the event’s President's Party, reserved for guests on Monday evening.

On the final day of LACTE11, TAM will also host an exclusive lunch for guests, attended by noted economist Gustavo Loyola, who will brief delegates on the prospects for the Brazilian economy and its expected impact on business travel and the events industry.

oneworld Director of Sales Alvarado José María Alvarado said: “LACTE11 is one of the most important events for the travel industry throughout Latin America.  As the leading airline alliance serving this region, oneworld, TAM and our other member airlines are delighted to be playing our part in bringing together our industry partners at this prestigious event.”

TAM Indirect Sales Officer Igor Miranda added: "Being present in LACTE11 once again is very significant for LATAM Airlines Group, because not only is the occasion extremely important for the debate on the corporate market, but the event also brings together industry professionals for a rich exchange of experiences and to analyze trends, all of which are essential to strengthening the industry."

LACTE11’s full event agenda is available at https://alagev.org/lacte11/en

About oneworld

oneworld is an alliance of some of the world’s leading airlines, committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.  They include airberlin, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LAN Airlines, TAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, and around 30 affiliates.  As part of oneworld, these airlines:

  • Serve more a thousand airports in 150 plus countries, with 14,250 daily departures.
  • Carry some 525 million passengers a year on a combined fleet of nearly 3,500 aircraft.
  • Generate US$ 140 billion annual revenues.

oneworld member airlines work together to deliver consistently a superior, seamless travel experience, with special privileges and rewards for frequent flyers, including earning and redeeming miles and points across the entire alliance network.  Top tier cardholders (Emerald and Sapphire) enjoy access to more than 650 airport lounges and are offered extra baggage allowances. The most regular travellers (Emerald) can also use fast track security lanes at select airports.

oneworld is the world’s most highly prized alliance, as the current holder of eight of the 12 leading “best airline alliance” titles available in the various industry award schemes, including:

  • FlightStats’ On-Time Performance Award 2015 for the third time running.
  • Skytrax’s World’s Best Airline Alliance 2015 for the third year running.
  • Business Traveller’s 2015 Best Airline Alliance, also for the third year running.
  • World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Airline Alliance 2015, for the 13th consecutive year.
  • Global Traveler magazine’s 2015 GT Tested Reader Survey Award – for the sixth year in a row.
  • Premier Traveler’s Best of 2015 Awards – for the third year running.
  • Business Traveler North America’s 2015 Best in Business Travel Awards.
  • Trazees’ Favourite Airline Alliance 2015 in its debut awards.

About LATAM Airlines Group 

LATAM Airlines Group SA is the new name given to LAN Airlines SA as a result of its association with TAM SA.  LATAM Airlines Group now includes LAN Airlines and its affiliates in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, and LAN Cargo and its affiliates, as well as TAM  and its subsidiaries TAM Linhas Aereas, including its business units TAM Transportes Aereos del Mercosur SA, (TAM Airlines (Paraguay)) and Multiplus SA.  This association creates one of the largest airline groups in the world in terms of network connections, providing passenger transport services to about 140 destinations in 24 countries and cargo services to about 144 destinations in 26 countries, with a fleet of 318 aircraft. In total, LATAM Airlines Group SA employe some 53,000 staff and its shares are traded in Santiago, as well as on the New York Stock Exchange, in the form of ADRs, and Sao Paulo Stock Exchange, in the form of BDRs.

LATAM Airlines Group announced that LATAM is to be the new brand for LAN Airlines, TAM Airlines and Affiliates.  LATAM Airlines Group is currently working on the gradual roll-out of the new corporate brand image.  The first changes will be visible starting in the first half of 2016.

Each airline will continue to operate under their current brands and identities.  For any inquiry of LAN or TAM, please visit www.lan.com  or www.tam.com.br, respectively. Further information at www.latamairlinesgroup.net