American Airlines and Brazil's GOL have announced a codeshare partnership. The agreement is still waiting for approval. However, what we know is that the agreement will allow for customers of American Airlines to connect to a total of 53 GOL-operated flights beyond Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Fortaleza. In addition, this pending agreement will allow for reciprocal mileage earning and redemption opportunities for customers of both carriers. We can also expect to see some additional reciprocal benefits that have not yet been announced. It looks like more news regarding this partnership will be coming before the first half of 2020 is over.
GOL is technically Brazil's largest carrier. However, the airline's fleet only consists of 737's without any proper Business Class options. That may leave some premium passengers wanting. In fact, some may consider the new relationship with GOL a poor substitute for the relationship between American Airlines and LATAM that ended in 2019. Delta ultimately got in the way of that partnership by purchasing a significant stake in LATAM.
News of a new codeshare agreement with GOL comes at nearly the same time as news regarding new service to Miami from American Airlines. New flights are being added from Miami to Lima, Santiago and Sao Paulo. It was also recently announced that American Airlines will introduce a second daily flight between Miami and Rio de Janeiro next winter. That seasonal option will be running from Jan. 7 through March 28. What is notable is that this will be one of the first Miami routes to be served by a 787 aircraft. American will also be adding a number of new domestic routes out of Miami this summer. The destination list includes Nashville (BNA), Boston (BOS), Houston (IAH), Orlando (MCO), Raleigh-Durham (RDU) and Tampa (TPA).