Avianca Brazil is the newest member of the Star Alliance family, and will officially join the global network in July 22. Star’s 27 member airlines, who are currently gathered in Warsaw for the twice-yearly Chief Executive board Meeting, voted to approve the Brazilian airline’s seat at the table. “We’re delighted they will be joining the team, Avianca Brazil will be a great add to the alliance” Star Alliance CEO Mark Schwab revealed. Avianca Brazil will join its Colombian-based sibling Avianca to belp fill the hole created in the South American market when Brazil’s TAM merged with Chilean airline LAN to create LATAM, and left Star Alliance for Oneworld, which also counts Qantas among its members. “TAM leaving left a gap, so we need a second carrier to replace TAM” Schwab says. “We do need to fill out the capacity.” Avianca Brazil is primarily a domestic airline, with flights to some 20 cities in Brazil plus the Colombian capital of Bogota.