Speaking of South America, Oneworld will see another merger-related addition after LAN and TAM finally announced to pledge allegiance to Oneworld. The new airline, LATAM, will make for a powerhouse team south of the border, but this also has caused another exit from Star Alliance.
The first part of this year also saw Malaysia Airlines become a full-fledged member of Oneworld. The end of the year will also see Sri Lankan Airlines join the alliance and open up even more Central Asian ports for travelers.
In what looks like a regional coup, Qatar Airways will be welcoming OW passengers by the end of year, if all goes as planned. Being the first of the big Middle Eastern carriers to hook-up with an official alliance, Qatar has paved the way for its regional peers to move in a similar direction.
Stay tuned for tomorrow as we take a closer look at Star Alliance's plans for 2013.