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.

The first phase of the code share agreement will begin once approvals are received from the respective aeronautical authorities, including the operation of flights between the U.S. and Colombia, U.S. and Central America and between Central America and Colombia.

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Copa and AviancaTaca Finally Join with Star Alliance

June 2012

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.

An article in Laprensagrafica.com reports that "The alleged integration of Star Alliance into Copa was first mentioned in 2009, especially since Continental, with whom Copa has codesharing alliances, announced it would join Star Alliance and leave SkyTeam, the other major airline alliance in operation today. Although Copa is no longer part of SkyTeam, it has not yet officially joined Star Alliance. "

Taca and Copa Join Star Alliance

November 2010

Latin American airlines Avianca, Taca and Copa joined the global Star Alliance network.

The goal of these two companies joining the alliance is to integrate the ''hubs'' of Avianca-Taca (San Salvador, Lima, San José and Bogotá) and Copa (Panama City).

The incorporation of both airlines will be implemented by standardizing ticketing procedures and baggage handling, said Jaan Albrecht, CEO of Star Alliance.

TACA and US Airways Enter Codeshare Agreement

November 2009

The agreement will come into effect on January 11th, 2010, and will offer customers more travel options to the U.S. and Latin America.

By codesharing, both companies can sell each other's flights, combining segments from both airlines under a same ticket.

Alex Benitez, vice president of Corporate Development at TACA, told Laprensagrafica.com: "We are pleased to offer our customers new options to travel to the U.S.

COPA Airlines Could Join Star Alliance

October 2009

The airline is negotiating its potential entrance to Star Alliance, which is composed of 25 air travel companies.

Pedro Heilbron, president of Copa Airlines, reported that on October 24th, the corporation abandoned another airline alliance, SkyTeam.

Prensa.com published further comments by Heilbron: "We are having talks, we haven't made a decision.

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