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Qantas is keen to strike a closer alliance with South American airline group Latam but concedes the latter’s recent merger has been a distraction from meaningful talks between the two airlines.

Having launched an alliance with Emirates, Qantas management can now turn to forming closer deals with other airline partners including Latam and China Eastern. Qantas International chief executive Simon Hickey said management had been involved in talks with counterparts at Latam about the ”next steps” from their existing code-share deal.

…it would be a challenge to convince regulators to approve a joint venture between Qantas and Latam because of their dominance on flights between Australia and South America.

Tags: latam, qantas
Photo Credit: A Qantas A380 gaining speed on the runway, leaving Sydney. Simon Clancy / Flickr