20% seems rather large given that it was enough to pull LATAM away from American.
I believe LATAM only codeshares with Star Alliance members Air China, Lufthansa, Swiss, and South African Airways. The majority is Oneworld, with a select number of SkyTeam members like Aeromexico, Air France, Korean Air, and soon, Delta.
Don’t forget that Oneworld member (or in the near future NOT Oneworld member) Qatar Airways, one of the airlines Delta has been targeting with the help of Trump due to “unfair” subsidies, has its 10% stake in LATAM. Delta knew this when buying the stake in LATAM.
The fact that they will continue to codeshare with so many different airlines (British Airways, Iberia, Korean, Qantas, Delta, Air China, etc.) sounds like LATAM will employ the same exact strategy former SkyTeam member China Southern is currently doing.
American Airlines bought a 2% stake in China Southern (CZ)…
- The two airlines began codesharing with reciprocal/frequent flier benefits
- SkyTeam limited China Southern as they were not allowed to codeshare with too many airlines outside of SkyTeam.
- CZ became unhappy.
- CZ left SkyTeam for American and other non-SkyTeam airlines like British Airways, Finnair, Qatar, Qantas, etc.
- Some months later, Qatar Airways bought a 5% stake in China Southern.
- Shortly after that, Emirates, of all airlines, began codesharing with CZ…
CZ remains unaligned today, and will continue to be unaligned for who knows how long. Oneworld has confirmed it has approached CZ, asking if they wanted to join OW. Nothing on that, it seems. CZ seems to prefer being an unaligned carrier, creating strong partnerships with global airlines across any alliance.
Like I said, alliances are becoming irrelevant, and these two patterns are supporting that. I may end up being completely wrong, but we’ll see what Delta/LATAM’s next move is…