American and Gol reach codeshare deal

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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