By Staff writer
Partnership agreement has been filed to the Brazilian Federal Aviation Agency with the first flights expected to be approved soon
Emirates and Brazilian carrier GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes have announced a new codeshare and frequent flyer programme partnership.
The codeshare partnership has been filed to the Brazilian Federal Aviation Agency with the first flights expected to be approved in the coming days, Emirates said in a statement.
It added that the partnership is expected to come into effect by early November.
The new codeshare partnership will give customers the simplicity of purchasing connecting flights on both airlines using one reservation, and a seamless ticketing, check-in, boarding and baggage check experience during the entire journey, Emirates said.
Passengers booking flights from multiple destinations in Brazil with GOL, including Porte Alegre, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Brasilia, will be able to connect in Sao Paulo or Rio and fly with Emirates to many destinations worldwide.
“We’re pleased to be enhancing our partnership with GOL and believe our new codeshare will bring enhanced connectivity and a fully integrated loyalty programme within Brazil initially , and at a later stage, throughout South America and the Caribbean,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations, West.
As part of the new codeshare partnership, members of Emirates Skywards and GOL’s Smiles loyalty programme will be able to accrue and redeem miles on both airlines.
With over 16 million Emirates Skywards members and over 11 million members of GOL’s Smiles loyalty programme, nearly 30 million members worldwide will benefit from this codeshare partnership.
Emirates started flights to Sao Paulo in October 2007 and in January 2012 to Rio de Janeiro and today provides daily service to both cities. Sao Paulo is operated with a 777-300 ER, while GIG is served by a 777-200 LR.