Star Alliance today has enlarged again, with the joining of TAM Brazilian Airlines.
Now, this is quite a big thing for Star Alliance, as it fills in one hell of a hole that exists in South America (with only connecting traffic with US, UA, LX, CO and a few others). Originally, this was covered by Varig, but due to many issues (least of all bankruptcy), it was ejected from Star in January 2007.
It’s taken since then to get TAM onboard, with United mentored TAM along the way.
There are a couple more entries into Star Alliance this year – Air India and Aegan (Olympic). Interesting times all around…