Brazil’s TAM and Chinese airline Air China will begin codesharing this month on flights that connect Sao Paulo and Beijing via Madrid Barajas Airport.
Both airlines have become members of the Star Alliance within the past two years. TAM says the partnership is a very strategic one for it.
“This is the first agreement we have made with an Asian company, a fact made more significant by being made with a company that has such an extensive network and high service standard as Air China, our Star Alliance partner,” says Paulo Castello Branco, TAM’s vice president commercial and planning.
Departing from Brazil on TAM, passengers will be able to purchase tickets to Beijing, with a connection at Madrid’s Barajas International Airport. There, Brazilian TAM personnel will assist TAM passengers to make connections on Madrid-Beijing flights operated by Air China, which will use TAM’s flight code ‘JJ’ for its flights to Beijing as well as its own ‘CA’ flight prefix.
From the Chinese capital to Sao Paulo, Air China passengers will have the same benefits in creating their itineraries, also making a connection in the Spanish capital TAM’s direct flight to Sao Paulo. TAM’s Madrid-Sao Paulo flights will bear Air China’s ‘CA’ flight code as well as the Brazilian airline’s own ‘JJ’ prefix.