Posted on: 07 December 2011 by Ross McSweeny
GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and Delta Air Lines have signed an agreement for a long-term exclusive commercial alliance, under which the pair will expand co-operation to build on each other’s strengths and further link Delta’s network with GOL’s and Delta will invest $100 million in GOL and have a seat on the GOL board of directors.
"GOL has been a strong partner for Delta in Brazil and Latin America. This agreement reinforces our relationship and moves Delta one step closer to achieving our goal of becoming the best US carrier in the region," said Delta chief executive officer Richard Anderson. "By forming a long-term commercial partnership, we will capitalise on the strengths of our two networks to provide expanded customer benefits and better serve the US–Brazil marketplace."
"The agreement is in line with GOL’s strategy of seeking out long-term partnerships and strengthening its capital structure with a focus on generating value to its shareholders," commented Constantino de Oliveira Jr, GOL chief executive officer. “Our customers will benefit from additional flight options, more flexibility and new products and services."
Along with the ability to accrue and redeem flight awards, customers will soon enjoy benefits such as co-located airport facilities for easier passenger connections and check-in; coordinated sales efforts allowing greater market access; reciprocal access to airport lounges; and expanded codesharing to include GOL’s code on Delta flights between the US and Brazil, as well as flights within the carriers’ domestic networks and to other international destinations.