American Airlines and Gol, Brazil’s largest airline, today announced a new reciprocal codeshare agreement, giving customers access to 20 new destinations in South America. American will also increase service from Miami (MIA) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG), adding a second daily flight this winter. The airline also plans to provide more opportunities to bring customers to Latin America through MIA by adding 12 flights from six U.S. cities.
American’s expansion in Miami and Latin America includes:
- Service to new destinations in South America not currently served by American. These flights — operated by Gol — include service to Asuncion, Paraguay, and other destinations in Brazil.
- Gol codeshare established on American routes in the United States, paired with frequent flier earning and redemption on both airlines soon after approval.
- Increased flying out of MIA, including an additional flight from MIA to GIG during the peak winter months on a Boeing 787-8 — one of American’s first 787-8s operating out of MIA.
- 12 more year-round, daily domestic frequencies, including increased flying from Nashville (BNA), Boston (BOS), Houston (IAH), Orlando (MCO), Raleigh-Durham (RDU) and Tampa (TPA) to MIA.
Codeshare to deliver significant customer benefits
After it is approved by authorities in the United States and Brazil, American and Gol’s new codeshare will allow customers to connect seamlessly to 53 GOL flights beyond GIG, Sao Paulo (GRU), Brasilia (BSB), Manaus (MAO) and Fortaleza (FOR).
The new codeshare destinations in South America not currently served by American include Asuncion, Paraguay (ASU); Curitiba, Brazil (CWB) and Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil (IGU), pending government approvals. American anticipates GOL’s code to be placed on select flights. The relationship will allow for future frequent flyer redemption and accrual during the first half of 2020.
Largest airline in Miami adds even more flying, more connections to Latin America
American recently set a record at its MIA hub by carrying 30.3 million passengers last year. The airline plans to carry more passengers this summer, adding 12 new flights from six cities across the U.S.:
- Nashville, Tennessee (BNA)
- Boston (BOS)
- Houston (IAH)
- Orlando, Florida (MCO)
- Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU)
- Tampa, Florida (TPA)
All new flights will be operated daily on mainline aircraft, with optimal flight times for connections to Latin America and the Caribbean from MIA. American already increased flights from Austin, Texas (AUS), with one additional flight, and New York City (JFK), with three additional flights, to MIA starting summer 2020.
As American partners with Gol and increases service to MIA, the airline is also adding a second daily flight from MIA to GIG during the peak winter season from Jan. 7 through March 28. Flights will operate on the state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8, for a new total of 507 seats per day between MIA and GIG, including 57 seats in Flagship Business and 52 in Premium Economy.
|Market||Current Frequency||Summer 2020 Frequency||Increase||Aircraft|
|Nashville, Tennessee (BNA)||3||4||1||Boeing 737-800|
|Orlando, Florida (MCO)||7||12||5||737-800
|Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (RDU)||3||5||2||A319
|Tampa, Florida (TPA)||6||8||2||737-800
The leader to Latin America
American has served Latin America since 1942 and currently employs more than 3,300 team members, with four flight attendant bases in the region: Bogota, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Lima. American flies up to 170 daily flights to 55 destinations in 18 countries in Latin America, from eight hub airports, as well as from Boston (BOS). The airline recently announced increased service on the heels of celebrating Miami’s 30th anniversary as its leading Latin America hub. The new service includes more daily flights to Lima, Peru (LIM), beginning April 7; increased service to Santiago, Chile (SCL); and an additional flight to GRU beginning winter 2020. Those new flights are available for purchase now.
Top Copyright Photo: Gol Transportes Aereos Boeing 737-8EH SSWL PR-GUI (msn 35844) MIA (Brian McDonough). Image: 948952.
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