AA, LATAM deal big boost for American Airlines


American Airlines is set to benefit from a new codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines Group, signing deals with Sao Paulo-based TAM Airlines and Bogota-based LAN Colombia.

Under the agreement, new routes between Dallas/Fort Worth and Bogota, and from Miami to Curitiba and Porto Alegre, Brazil will begin operations in late 2013.

The deal reflects American’s mission to enhance its expanding network throughout Latin America, providing customers with more options and flexibility.

“American’s new partnerships with TAM and LAN Colombia further strengthens our longstanding relationship with LATAM Airlines Group, Latin America’s largest and most premier airline group,” American Airlines chief commercial officer Virasb Vahidi said.

“As we continue to expand our presence in Latin America, the new routes to Brazil and Colombia are a direct response to the increasing customer demand for travel between the U.S. and Latin America.”

American Airlines now offers more services to South America than any other US airline and boasts the most services between North America and Brazil.

With the addition of new destinations including Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas and Seattle, LATAM Airlines’ connectivity with the US will also be greatly improved.

“The United States is a very important market for Colombia. More than 105,000 Colombian passengers currently travel to the US each year – for tourism or business,” LAN Colombia executive director Hernán Pasman said.

“As a result, this agreement strengthens the airline’s position in North America and offers more options by which Colombian passengers can take advantage of the network of more than 40 destinations that will be offered through the codeshare with American Airlines in North America.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T
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