American and Gol reach codeshare deal

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American and Gol reach codeshare deal
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American Airlines has reached a codeshare agreement with Brazilian carrier Gol.

The move is a response by both carriers to the new partnership between Delta and South American powerhouse Latam. In forging that alliance, Delta ended its former partnership with Gol and LATAM ended its partnership with American. 

Pending government approval, the American-Gol codeshare will enable American customers to connect to 53 Gol flights beyond the Brazilian destinations of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Manaus and Fortaleza. The agreement will give American customers access to 20 new destinations in South America, the carrier said, including locations such as Asuncion, Paraguay; Curitiba, Brazil; and Foz do Iguacu, Brazil. 

In turn, the agreement will open more than 30 new U.S. destinations to Gol customers, Gol said. 

The partnership will also offer reciprocal loyalty point accrual and redemption before the first half of this year is over, American said. 

As part of Tuesday’s announcement, American said it will add a second daily Miami-Rio flight during the peak winter months. American will also add a total of 12 new daily domestic frequencies to Miami this summer, including five additional dailies from Orlando and additional frequencies from Raleigh/Durham, Tampa, Nashville, Houston and Boston. 

The American-Gol deal escalates the new battle for supremacy in the U.S.-South America market between Delta/Latam and American. Delta and Latam plan to begin codesharing this quarter on up to 51 onward Latam destinations in South America from Colombia, Ecuador and Peru and on up to 74 onward Delta destinations in the U.S. from Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Orlando.

Meanwhile, Delta announced last month that it would add four new routes to Miami in order to feed the Latam partnership, bringing its total Miami route count to 10. 

American is the largest player in the U.S.-South America market, followed by Latam. Delta is fifth, according to an October analysis by the airline industry data analytics company OAG.

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