Posted on: 11 March 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Subject to approval from the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, the Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica and the Canadian Transportation Agency, Brazil's GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes is entering a new codeshare agreement with Air Canada.
The codeshare sees an expansion of the existing interline agreement between the two carriers that allows customers to make a single reservation for flights on both airlines. The codeshare will initially allow Air Canada to include its code on flights operated by GOL, enabling its customers a greater number of connections to destinations and improving network connectivity between the companies. The agreement also provides for a frequent flyer programme agreement which, when concluded, will give members of either loyalty programme – ‘Aeroplan’ from Air Canada and ‘Smiles’ from GOL – the ability to accumulate and redeem miles on eligible flights operated by either carrier.
“We have invested in partnerships that provide ever-increasing benefits to our customers. The expansion of the partnership with Air Canada is precisely this, and it will also strengthen our presence in international markets,” said Ciro Camargo, head of alliances at GOL.
“Air Canada is very pleased to be expanding its global reach through this agreement with Brazil's GOL. The codeshare agreement will enhance our newly-started, three-times-a-week non-stop service to Rio de Janeiro and our non-stop daily service to São Paulo from our Toronto global hub,” remarked Benjamin Smith, president of passenger airlines at Air Canada. “The codeshare will offer customers even more choice and greater convenience because GOL has an extensive domestic network from these Brazilian gateway cities.”