Air France has deepened its long-term strategic relationship with GOL by making a $100 million investment in the Brazilian carrier.
The new partnership includes expanded codesharing, enhanced joint sales activities and increased benefits for Flying Blue Members.
Air France-KLM and GOL have been code sharing since 2011 on some routes, but the new agreement sees this extended to an an additional 28 destinations in Brazil (listed below), beyond Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, by placing their codes on flights operated by GOL.
Air France-KLM said the announcement “is in line with its strategy of strengthening its leading position in Brazil and Latin-America”.
From this summer, Air France and KLM will operate 41 weekly flights to the region from their hubs at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol (see forum thread here).
In addition to Sao Paulo & Rio de Janeiro, Air France will from March 31 operate three times weekly flights to Brasilia, and will upgrade the Paris CDG to Sao Paulo route to an A380 as soon as the airport receives authorisation from the authorities.
All these flights will connect to the GOL network with over 50 destinations.
GOL has around 40 per cent of the Brazilian domestic market, operating a fleet of 141 Boeing 737NG and serving 51 destinations in Brazil and services to ten countries across Central and South America.
The 28 new codeshare destinations are: Aracaju, Belem, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Campina Grande, Campo Grande, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Foz do Iguaçu, Goiania, João Pessoa, Londrina, Macapa, Maceio, Manaus, Maringá, Natal, Navegantes, Porto Alegre, Porto Seguro, Recife, Salvador, Santarem, São Luiz, Teresina and Vitoria.