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Latam Joins Oneworld in Post-Merger Blow to Star Alliance

Latam Airlines Group SA, created by the merger of carriers based in Chile and Brazil, will join Oneworld, giving the global alliance a victory over rival Star.

Oneworld, led by AMR Corp.’s American Airlines and British Airways, and Star, headed by United Continental Holdings Inc., have lobbied Latam for its membership since August 2010. That’s when Chile’s Lan Airlines, a Oneworld member, said it would acquire Brazil’s Tam, a part of Star. The deal closed in 2012.