By Don Douloff, October 16, 2008
Air Canada and TAM, Brazil’s largest airline, have signed an agreement to expand their networks on a codeshare basis, offering customers more choice of destinations and convenient transfers to major cities throughout Brazil and Canada.
The agreement also provides reciprocal travel-reward benefits for members of the airlines’ frequent-flyer programmes, Aeroplan and TAM Fidelidade. The introduction of codeshare services and reciprocal travel-reward benefits is slated to begin in November, subject to government approval.
Through connections at Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport, Air Canada’s network will expand to serve six major Brazilian cities on a codeshare basis operated by TAM: Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Porto Alegre. TAM customers, in turn, will benefit from daily codeshare service operated by Air Canada between Sao Paulo and Toronto, with connections in Toronto to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal and Quebec City.