Jul 18, 2013
ATLANTA and SAO PAULO, Brazil, July 18, 2013— Flights between São Paulo/Guarulhos and New York and Detroit operated by Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) are now available for purchase on the sales channels of GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (BM&FBOVESPA: GOLL4 and NYSE: GOL), (S&P: B, Fitch: B-, Moody’s: B3), the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America. Customers can now purchase Delta flights on those routes at GOL’s website (www.voegol.com), Voe GOL stores, GOL’s call center and travel agents.
It is the second expansion of a codeshare agreement between GOL and Delta, which together already offer flights to around 380 destinations in more than 60 countries.
“We do everything we can to provide our customers with increasingly convenient flights and flight times through a simple purchasing process that includes Delta’s destinations. The expansion of the codeshare agreement with our partner underlines our continuous commitment to our customers,” declared Eduardo Bernardes, GOL’s Sales Officer.
“This new joint initiative strengthens the partnership between the two companies and allows us to offer our customers an even better experience starting from the moment they purchase their tickets,” said Nicolas Ferri, Delta´s vice president, Latin America and the Caribbean.
For commercial customers from major companies the codeshare agreement allows them to have a single contract for service on both carriers and an executive dedicated to facilitating negotiations at both airlines’ destinations.
SMILES and SkyMiles customers can accumulate and redeem miles. Diamante customers of GOL’s relationship program, SMILES, will be able to take advantage of priority check in and boarding on Delta flights, and will have access to the Delta Sky Clubs in Atlanta, New York (JFK) and Detroit. Similarly, Delta’s Diamond, Platinum and Gold Elite members will be entitled to the same benefits as Diamante customers on GOL flights and will have access to the company’s VIP rooms in São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport and Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão International Airport.
ABOUT GOL LINHAS AÉREAS INTELIGENTES S.A.
GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (BM&FBovespa: 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. airline 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 29 countries and 46 destinations in the region offering more than 1,300 weekly flights between Latin America/Caribbean 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 330 destinations in 65 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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