American Airlines Launches Codeshare Flights on Brazil’s GOL Airlines


American Airlines, which offers more flights to Brazil than any other U.S. airline, has launched codesharing on flights operated by GOL Airlines between Sao Paulo and Salvador, Belem, Brasilia, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre and Recife, as well as between Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre.

The codeshare agreement between American and GOL offers customers a smoother, more-convenient travel experience when flying to and from points in Brazil not served by American. With its service to five major Brazilian cities from the United States, combined with GOL’s flights to 51 destinations in Brazil, American offers a level of accessibility between the U.S. and Brazil unequalled by any other airline.

Members of American’s AAdvantage® program will continue to earn AAdvantage miles on GOL flights as well as on these new American codeshare flights operated by GOL. Members are also able to redeem miles for travel on GOL flights. The new agreement also expands the opportunities for AAdvantage members to earn miles, points and segments that count toward qualification for elite status membership when traveling on the American codeshare flight (booked using the AA flight number) to the additional destinations flown on GOL.

“This codeshare agreement with GOL makes it even more convenient for travelers to see more of Brazil, South America’s largest country,” said Peter Dolara, American’s Senior Vice President for Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. “Our customers traveling to and from Brazil will now have an unparalleled choice of destinations and schedules. We are proud to be able to connect more people throughout the world through our new arrangement with GOL.”

With the codeshare agreement in effect, customers transferring from GOL to an American Airlines flight leaving Brazil will enjoy the convenience of being able to check their luggage through to their final American Airlines destination when they check in for their GOL flight. Similarly, customers traveling to Brazil on American and transferring to a GOL flight within Brazil, or elsewhere in South America, can purchase a single ticket for their journey, rather than multiple tickets, and check their luggage to their final destination. As always, customers will still have to clear U.S. and Brazilian customs upon arrival.

Along with convenient ticketing and luggage arrangements, American and GOL also offer affordable interline fares for both Premium Class and Economy Class travel. Interline tickets for travel between American and GOL can be purchased through American and its appointed agencies around the world, using electronic ticketing.

American serves five destinations in Brazil from Miami International Airport, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, while GOL operates more than 860 daily flights to 51 destinations connecting the most important cities in Brazil and nine major destinations in other countries in South America.

American is expanding its service to Brazil, adding both flight frequencies and new destinations to its worldwide network. In November 2010, American plans to begin service from its Miami hub to Brasilia**, and from New York-JFK* to Rio de Janeiro. American is also seeking authority from the Department of Transportation to operate new nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth to Rio de Janeiro***. With these additional flights, American will offer a total of 72 weekly flights to and from Brazil.

Following is a summary of American’s U.S. – Brazil routes, including new flights scheduled to begin in November 2010: