Taca, Copa and United Create Codeshare Agreements
The airlines announced the intention of establishing bilateral cooperation agreements on shared codes.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
As part of the preparation process for the entry into Star Alliance and with the aim of strengthening the portfolio of services for travelers, Copa Airlines, Colombia Copa Airlines, Continental Airlines and United Airlines, both wholly-owned subsidiaries of United Continental Holdings, Inc . (NYSE: UAL) and Avianca Taca, announced their intention to establish bilateral cooperation agreements on shared codes, as well as frequent flyer programs and other benefits for customers. These cooperation agreements will be formalized with the respective authorities before coming into effect. Notably, Copa Airlines has a strong and solid strategic alliance code-sharing and cooperation and joint products and services with Continental, today United Airlines, for the last 12 years. For its part, Taca has maintained a strategic relationship with United Airlines since 2006, which allowed passengers of both airlines to access markets including Latin America and the United States.
Latin American airlines Avianca, Taca and Copa joined the global Star Alliance network.
After three years of announcements about the move, Star alliance has confirmed the formal admission of Copa Airlines and AviancaTaca into the global airline network.
The agreement will come into effect on January 11th, 2010, and will offer customers more travel options to the U.S. and Latin America.
The airline is negotiating its potential entrance to Star Alliance, which is composed of 25 air travel companies.
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