May 9, 2013
ATLANTA and SAO PAULO, Brazil, May 9, 2013— Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (BM&FBovespa: GOLL4 and NYSE: GOL) announced a key milestone in their partnership with the implementation of GOL codeshare on Delta’s flight from Brasilia to Atlanta. GOL will now sell Delta’s international tickets through its sales channels which include www.voegol.com, Voe GOL stores, call centers and travel agencies. Next month other markets will be included in the codeshare including all Delta flights between Brazil and the United States, as well as key connecting markets operated by Delta.
“These are exciting times for GOL and Delta. Today’s announcement of expanded implementation of our codeshare agreement is confirmation of our companies’ mutual desire to provide our customers with seamless and efficient service,” said Nicolas Ferri, vice president for Delta’s Latin America and Caribbean division.
The companies together offer over 380 destinations in more than 62 countries and will meet 99% of Brazilian and U.S. passenger demand between the countries.
“The codeshare expansion will give our clients who fly combined routes with the two airlines more flight options with all the convenience that this alliance already offers,” said Eduardo Bernardes, GOL’s Commercial Officer. “This initiative only reinforces GOL’s commitment to always offer its clients more benefits and convenience.”
The codeshare agreement implementation also means that commercial clients who choose to will have a single contract and a dedicated executive to facilitate negotiations in all destinations operated by the airlines. Furthermore, the companies will share commercial and promotional activities. The first of these activities will be a joint advertising campaign to be launched in early June.
“Since December 2011, Delta and GOL have worked diligently to develop GOL’s code on Delta operated flights. The implementation has now started and will be completed in six phases, said Paulo Miranda, managing director Strategy and Alliances for Delta Air Lines. “In addition to the route from Brasilia to Atlanta, we will soon phase in all Delta operated flights between Brazil and the U.S., including to Atlanta, New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and Detroit.”
The first phase of the Codeshare Agreement includes the Brasilia to Atlanta route and will be in operation by late May. The second phase will include Goiania, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Porto Alegre all via Brasilia to Atlanta.
The codeshare will eventually include routes from Sao Paulo to Atlanta, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Detroit; Rio de Janeiro to Atlanta; and connecting destinations in the US.
Part of what the codeshare agreement means to GOL and Delta customers is that they will now choose their preferred channel to purchase tickets, in addition to already implemented accumulation and redemption of miles between the Smiles and Delta SkyMiles programs; access to select VIP lounges; access to enhanced check-in, boarding, and luggage benefits for select elite customers, and have their baggage labeled and dispatched to the final destination.
About GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes
GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Bovespa: GOLL4 and NYSE: GOL), the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America, offers around 970 daily flights to 65 destinations in 10 countries in South America, Caribbean and the United States under the GOL and VARIG brands, using a young, modern fleet of Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 Next Generation aircraft, the safest, most efficient and most economical of their type. The SMILES loyalty program allows members to accumulate miles and redeem tickets to more than 560 locations around the world via flights with foreign partner airlines. The Company also operates Gollog, a logistics service which retrieves and delivers cargo and packages to and from more than 3,500 cities in Brazil and eight abroad. With its portfolio of innovative products and services, GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes offers the best cost-benefit ratio in the market.
About Delta Air Lines
Delta is working to become the best U.S. carrier in Latin America and the Caribbean and was just recognized with the Best Airline to North America award by Prêmio Destaque Companhia de Viagem, by Grupo Companhia. As part of that goal Delta has established a long-term exclusive alliance with GOL Línhas Aereas Inteligentes investing more than US $100 million in GOL. Likewise, Delta has invested more than US $65 million in Aeroméxico as part of a long-term exclusive commercial alliance and entered a code sharing agreement with Aerolíneas Argentinas solidifying its footprint in Latin America. Executive Travel magazine recognized Delta with the Gold Leading Edge Award for the Best Flight Experience to Mexico. Delta provides service to 32 countries and 49 destinations in the region offering more than 1,000 weekly flights between Latin America and the U.S. Spanish speaking Delta customers can receive real-time, on-the-go travel assistance in Spanish and Portuguese through its Twitter channels @DeltaAssist_ES and @DeltaAjuda 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Brazilian customers can also access Delta´s dedicated Brazil Facebook page visiting http://www.facebook.com/DeltaAirLinesBrasil.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 317 destinations in 58 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.
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