GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes and Delta Air Lines have asked the Brazilian and U.S. authorities for permission to launch a codeshare agreement, and are planning to link their frequent flyer programs.
If approved, the codeshare would initially allow Delta Air Lines to assign its code to more than 45 GOL flights departing from Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to other Brazilian destinations, as well as two GOL flights between Brazil and Paraguay and Uruguay.
Beginning in June, registered frequent fliers from both airlines would be able to earn miles on both GOL’s SMILES and Delta’s SkyMiles programs on eligible flights. Mile redemption is scheduled to begin this fall.
“We are very pleased to join efforts with a global carrier like Delta, as our SMILES program members will be able to earn and redeem miles on worldwide flights. The agreement will also increase passenger traffic and load factor on GOL,” says Claudia Pagnano, GOL’s executive vice president ― market.
Delta Air Lines, a member of the SkyTeam global alliance, is the largest airline in the world in terms of passenger traffic and fleet size. It operates 30 weekly nonstop flights between Brazil and the United States with Boeing 737-700, Boeing 757-200ER, Boeing 767-300ER and Boeing 767-400ER aircraft. Delta’s service to Brazil includes routes linking Atlanta with Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Fortaleza, and Manaus; between New York and Sao Paulo; and between Los Angeles and Sao Paulo.
If approved, the new codeshare agreement would offer a combined network of nearly 6,500 daily flights to 423 destinations on six continents.