LONDON – The Spanish Airline, Air Europa has signed a new codeshare agreement with Brazilian Azul Linhas Aéreas. With this partnership, the 36-year-old will help expand its network in Brazil.
It will be able to offer more connecting flights for its customers from São Paulo-Guarulhos (GRU) and Salvador de Bahia (SSA) international airports to nine other cities in the largest South American country. Like this, the Azul will put its airline code on flights operated by Air Europa.
Codeshare partnership between Air Europa and Azul Linhas Aéreas
The strategic partnership between the two carriers will allow them to strengthen their network in Brazil and Spain.
Air Europa will put its airline code on various domestic flights operated by Azul from Sao Paulo. From the capital city, it will operate to Cuiabá (CGB), Belo Horizonte (CNF), Curitiba (CWB), Porto Alegre (POA), Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont (SDU) and Recife (REC). Further, the airline will also provide connecting services from Salvador de Bahia to São Paulo-Congonhas (CGH), Belo Horizonte (CNF), Campinas-Viracopos (VCP), Porto Seguro (BPS) and Recife (REC).
While the Brazilian Azul Linhas Aéreas will put its code on flights operated between Madrid & Lisbon and Madrid & Barajas.
Executives’ comments over codeshare
Estelle Leray, Director of Alliances, Air Europa said, “the partnership is a great achievement for both companies”. She also highlighted that the partnership would allow the carrier to reinforce its “growth and consolidation”, as well as meaning “more and best flight options with the many Exclusive benefits and advantages of flying codeshare”.
André Mercadante, Director of Alliances and Planning of the Brazilian National airline also stated, “For us it is very important that Flag carrier expands agreements with international carriers, jointly strengthening our networks and increasing the relevance of the companies involved. Air Europa, which has been a partner for years, brings more strength to this agreement, which is a great achievement for us”, he added.
The signing of this agreement translates into important benefits for the passengers of both airlines since they not only have more and better options when planning their flights. But they also enjoy the advantages that flying codeshare entails, such as the acquisition of a single ticket, a single billing process, and connections with a minimum waiting time. They also get the option of accumulating miles from the respective loyalty programs for flying with both companies.
Air Europa flies to Brazil with its most modern and efficient fleet, the B787 Dreamliner, which reduces flight time by 40 minutes and is 20% more fuel efficient than other similar airliners and reduces emissions by 20%. Currently, the Spanish airline flies daily to Sao Paulo and, in compliance with the expansion and recovery plan announced for this year, it will start its operations in Salvador de Bahia in the middle of this month.