Brazil’s GOL Airlines and American Airlines are enhancing their alliance by finalizing a codeshare agreement to place American’s AA code on GOL’s growing network of flights within Brazil. American and GOL expect to implement the codeshare as soon as all government approvals are received.
The codeshare agreement not only adds more cities to American’s network in Brazil but also will offer customers a smoother, more-convenient travel experience. American, a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, is the largest US airline to Brazil, currently serving the five major Brazilian cities of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Recife, and Salvador nonstop from gateways in Miami, New York, and Dallas/Fort Worth. GOL is one of South America’s largest airlines offering service to 49 destinations in Brazil, more than any other airline. The new codeshare agreement will allow American to offer a level of accessibility in Brazil unequalled by any other US airline.
In addition, American and GOL are further strengthening their relationship for members of both airlines’ frequent flyer programs – American’s AAdvantage® and GOL’s Smiles programs.
In August of this year, American and GOL implemented the ability for AAdvantage and Smiles members to accrue frequent flyer mileage credit on both airlines. The next step, in early 2010, will allow members of American’s AAdvantage program to redeem travel awards on GOL.
“We’re very pleased to expand our cooperation with GOL to add significant value for our customers,” said Gerard Arpey, American’s chairman and CEO. “The combination of the widest choice of destinations and schedules, coupled with the AAdvantage and Smiles relationship, is going to bring customers an enhanced level of service of which we are very proud.”
“We are extremely pleased to expand our relationship with American Airlines. Our codeshare cooperation will provide American’s customers the benefits of GOL’s quality services and comprehensive flight network,” said Constantino de Oliveira Junior, GOL’s CEO. “Additionally, our frequent flyer program agreement is a great benefit for our respective loyalty program members.”
American serves five nonstop destinations in Brazil with 58 weekly flights to and from Miami International Airport, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. GOL operates nearly 800 daily flights to 49 cities in Brazil and 10 destinations elsewhere in South America and the Caribbean.