United Announces Joint Business Agreement with Copa & Avianca Airlines
December 1, 2018
United announced today it has reached agreement with Star Alliance partners Copa and Avianca, including many of Avianca’s affiliates, on a joint business agreement (JBA), pending government approval. The JBA is expected to build on our existing partnership and provide substantial benefits for employees, customers, communities and the marketplace for air travel between the United States and 19 countries in Central and South America.*
By integrating our complementary U.S.-Latin America route networks into a collaborative revenue-sharing JBA, United, Avianca and Copa plan to offer customers many benefits, including:
- Integrated, seamless service in more than 12,000 city pairs
- New nonstop routes
- Additional flights on existing routes
- Reduced travel times
The parties do not plan on fully implementing the JBA until they receive the necessary governmental approvals, which are expected to take approximately 12 to 18 months.
Allowing the three carriers to serve customers as if they were a single airline is expected to enable the companies to better align their frequent flyer programs, coordinate flight schedules and improve airport facilities.
* The covered countries include: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.