American Airlines and Brazil’s GOL Airlines Take Their Codeshare and Frequent Flyer Agreements to the Next Level
FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Airlines and Brazil’s GOL 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 oneworldÃ‚® alliance, is the largest U.S. 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 U.S. airline.
In addition, American and GOL are further strengthening their relationship for members of both airlines’ frequent flyer programs – American’s AAdvantageÃ‚® 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.
American Airlines Brazil Service Summary
Sao Paulo – Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York JFK
Rio de Janeiro – Miami
Belo Horizonte – Miami
Recife – Miami
Salvador – Miami
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnectionÃ‚® serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American’s award-winning Web site, AA.comÃ‚®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworldÃ‚® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR)
About the AAdvantage Program
The AAdvantage program was the first frequent flyer program. Established in 1981, the program now has more than 60 million members. Members can earn miles at more than 1,000 participating companies, which include more than 30 hotel chains representing more than 60 brands, more than 20 airlines, eight car-rental companies, 12 financial companies, and over 250 brand name retailers. In addition, members can earn miles when making purchases with one of more than 100 affinity card products in over 40 countries. In 2008, AAdvantage members redeemed more than 155 billion miles to claim more than 4.8 million awards for flights, upgrades and car rentals. For more information and a listing of AAdvantage program participating companies, visit www.aa.com/aadvantage.
About GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A.
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL and Bovespa: GOLL4), the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, offers around 800 daily flights to 49 destinations that connect all the important cities in Brazil and ten major destinations in South America and Caribbean. The Company operates a young, modern fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft, the safest and most comfortable of its class, with high aircraft utilization and efficiency levels. Fully committed to seeking innovative solutions through the use of cutting-edge technology, the Company – via its GOL, VARIG, GOLLOG, SMILES and VOE FACIL brands – offers its clients easy payment facilities, a wide range of complementary services and the best cost-benefit ratio in the market.
Available in over 200 countries with over 6 million participants, Smiles (www.smiles.com.br) is GOL’s customer relationship program. Through the program, customers accumulate miles every time they fly on GOL, VARIG and airline partners, or when they purchase services and products from the program’s 150 non-air partners. Additionally, some program rewards provide travel advantages, such as exclusive check-in counters, higher baggage allowances and access to Smiles VIP lounges in airports.
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