TAM Airlines and US Airways completed their transition to oneworld. Both newcomers started offering oneworld’s services and benefits from their first flights this morning, on leaving the Star alliance after their final departures yesterday.
US Airways’ regional affiliates, operating as US Airways Express, also transitioned to oneworld this morning, following US Airways’ recent merger with American Airlines. With both American and US Airways on board, oneworld becomes the leading alliance in the USA, the world’s largest air travel market.
With its regional affiliates, US Airways serves more than 200 destinations and 30 countries with a fleet of more than 620 aircraft. It carried 82.5 million passengers in 2013 and currently operates 3,200 departures a day. It uses the two-letter code US, but this will be changed to AA once the two airlines combine under a single operating certificate.
As the leading airline in Brazil, TAM Airlines makes oneworld the leading alliance in Latin America’s largest economy and the world’s third largest market for domestic air travel. Using the two-letter code JJ, TAM serves 61 destinations in 16 countries in Latin America, the USA and Europe, with a fleet of 172 aircraft operating 800 departures daily. It boarded 37 million passengers in 2013.
The 10 million members of TAM Fidelidade frequent flyer programme and 30 million cardholders in US Airways’ Dividend Miles loyalty scheme retain all points/miles earned and the move to oneworld has no impact on their tier status. They can now earn points/miles and tier status points and use them for flights on any oneworld member airline.
New frequent flyer membership cards, bearing the oneworld logo, have been mailed to members of TAM’s Fidelidade and US Airways’ Dividend Miles programmes to ensure they receive the benefits to which they are now entitled when they fly throughout the oneworld network.