Argentina’s public airline Aerolineas Argentinas signed a memorandum of understanding (Soft) with Abra Groupa holding company that controls airline operations GOL And AviancaFor “strengthen collaboration and explore opportunities” in commercial, operational and technological areas.
The member companies of the Abra Group and Aerolineas Argentinas retain full independence, autonomy, brands, team and culture, and the signed agreement does not envisage any change in the current structures of the group or the companies mentioned. The Argentine national airline already has a long-standing partnership with the Brazilian airline GOL Linhas Aereasunlike its relationship with Avianca, with which it competed for the takeover of Viva Air.
The groups have not specified what type of synergies they will be able to implement, but they suggest the emergence of an alliance in the future. They even admit to having requested government authorization to implement the project. The signing of the MoU will make it possible to intensify negotiations on the roads of Argentina and Brazil, since Aerolíneas Argentinas has codeshare on 71 routes in Brazil, while GOL has codeshare on 42 routes in Argentina. Note the possibility for Aerolineas to increase frequencies from April 24 on its connections with Brazil, by increasing flights to Porto Alegre at 12 weekly frequencies (currently six); a daily flight to Curitiba, 28 to 33 weekly flights at San Paulo and a weekly flight to Porto Seguro. The signing of the new interline agreement with Avianca will open to Aerolíneas the doors to 12 destinations in Colombia and a connection with Panama City.
“The partnership with ABRA and the possibility of working on joint planning and strategy, which allows us to create better networks, more connectivity and, ultimately, a better product, is fundamental for Aerolíneas Argentinas, as well as for Gol and Avianca. I am confident that this agreement will further boost the growth of the airline market across the region”said Fabián Lombardo, commercial director of Aerolíneas Argentinas. “We work in partnership with two of the best companies in the world, with a world-class level of professionalism and efficiency, so it is a pleasure to sign this agreement. And with GOL, we have been working for a long time in Brazil, one of the most important markets in the region”said Pablo Ceriani, president of Aerolíneas Argentinas. “Getting an agreement with Avianca is a dream for us, it takes time to get there, so we are very happy. But this is only the beginning, there is a lot of work to do. The industry is very dynamic and there are always things to do”remarked Ceriani.
“As part of the growth of Grupo Abra in the region, we announce a collaboration agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas, the leading Argentine airline, which will allow us to further strengthen our presence in the Southern Cone and seek new opportunities in different areas, to contribute to the development of Abra. The goal: to enable more people in Latin America to travel with better fares, more destinations, frequencies and convenient connections”declared for his part Constantino de Oliveira Junior, CEO of Grupo Abra.
The three airlines are among the largest on the South American continent, alongside the group LATAM And Azul Linhas Aéreas.
One day after announcing a new partnership with the Abra Group, Aerolíneas Argentinas announced the raising of 100 million dollars thanks to a trust administered by the public institution Banco de Inversión y Comercio Outside (BICE), dependent on the Argentine Ministry of Finance. ‘Economy.