Delta Air Lines and Aerolineas Argentinas plan to launch a codesharing agreement for flights connecting Miami and Atlanta to Buenos Aires, as well as service to 14 U.S. destinations, eight domestic destinations in Argentina, three flights to Canada and flights to Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Codesharing on the flights will start in the fourth quarter of 2011, subject to Aerolineas Argentinas and Delta Air Lines receiving approvals from the governments of Argentina and the United States.
The airlines have also announced said they will offer new reciprocal benefits for their frequent fliers, including accrual and redemption of miles, from 2012. Aerolineas Argentinas will also join the SkyTeam global alliance in 2012, which the carriers say will allow them to provide additional customer benefits.
“Since 1997, Delta’s presence in South America has grown significantly. Today we offer 95 weekly nonstop flights to eight countries in South America, and a total of 1,083 weekly flights to Latin America and the Caribbean,” says Ed Bastian, president of Delta Air Lines.
“This new agreement with Aerolineas Argentinas is key to our strategy, and will help us solidify and expand our network to, from and within Argentina and will allow us to provide service to all countries in the Southern Cone,” adds Bastian. “A significant step for Aerolineas Argentinas, this codeshare agreement validates the bold and aggressive steps they are taking to offer a world-class network prior to joining SkyTeam in 2012.”
Mariano Recalde, president of Aerolineas Argentinas, says: “This new agreement offers Aerolineas Argentinas a great opportunity to expand its network in North America, and also will offer Delta customers new destinations throughout Argentina and South America. The mutual benefits for our passengers are clear, now Aerolineas’ customers will be able to access over 300 destinations around the world.”
Codeshare flights allow passengers to buy tickets on one or more carriers from a single point of sale, offering greater access to another airline’s network.
When implemented in the fourth quarter of 2011, the codeshare agreement will connect Delta’s daily service from its hub in Atlanta to the Aerolineas Argentinas hub at Buenos Aires and beyond to cities in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. It also includes flights connecting Aerolineas Argentinas’ services from Buenos Aires to Miami with flights to 15 cities in the U.S. and Canada on Delta’s network.
Delta will sell connecting service on Aerolineas Argentinas flights to eight Argentine destinations: Calafate, Cordoba, Iguazu, Mendoza, Rio Grande, Rosario, San Carlos de Bariloche, and Ushuaia, the capital city of Tierra del Fuego Province. Additional destinations in South America include Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil; Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Santiago de Chile, Chile; Asunción, Paraguay; and Montevideo, Uruguay.
Aerolineas Argentinas will sell service to 14 additional U.S. destinations and three Canadian destinations. The U.S. domestic destinations are Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Aerolineas Argentinas also will put its ‘AR’ flight code on Delta service to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.
In addition, Delta and Aerolineas Argentinas will introduce reciprocal accrual and redemption benefits for frequent fliers in 2012. SkyMiles and Aerolineas Plus members will be able to accrue and redeem frequent flier miles on all Delta and Aerolineas Argentinas flights.
The airlines already offer reciprocal access to Delta’s Delta Sky Club lounges in 35 airports worldwide and Aerolineas Argentinas’ Salon Condor at the Ministro Pistarini International Airport in Buenos Aires.
Aerolineas Argentinas, the Republic of Argentina’s national airline, flies to 19 international destinations in America, Europe and the South Pacific. Along with its domestic and regional arm Austral Líneas Aéreas, Aerolineas Argentinas operates flights to 33 destinations in Argentina, offering flights to more cities in the Argentinean territory than any other airline.
Since March 2010, Austral and Aerolineas have provided links between Argentina and the region through their new hub at Buenos Aires’ downtown Aeroparque Jorge Newbery airport.
Aerolineas Argentinas is implementing an ambitious fleet renewal program, which began in 2009 with the addition of 12 Boeing 737-700s and the acquisition of 20 Embraer 190s. In November 2010, the company began the process of joining the SkyTeam alliance.
For more information about Aerolineas Argentinas, visit www.aerolineas.com.