Avianca Brasil and Etihad sign codeshare agreement
16 de junho de 2016
São Paulo – The airline from the United Arab Emirates Etihad Airways and Avianca Brasil have signed a codeshare agreement. Under this agreement and since last Wednesday (15), clients can purchase shared flights from both companies in one of the two. That is, if a passenger is coming from Abu Dhabi and is headed to Florianópolis, a city not served by Etihad, this passenger can stop in São Paulo, which is an Etihad destination, and from there take off to the capital of Santa Catarina in an Avianca flight. And the passenger will be able to do this only with the original ticket.
Etihad only operates a route between the Guarulhos international airport, in São Paulo, and Abu Dhabi. But its passengers will be able to buy, via Etihad, tickets to other eight destinations in Brazil that are operated by Avianca: Florianópolis, Santa Catarina; Rio de Janeiro; Curitiba, Paraná; Fortaleza, Ceará; Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul; Recife, Pernambuco, Salvador, Bahia, and Maceió, Alagoas.
In a statement, Avianca Brasil’s president, Frederico Pedreira, underscored that the company’s clientes will be able to make use of Etihad’s flights to other regions in the world. “Through its main hub in Abu Dhabi, Etihad will offer our clients excellent connecting flights, especially to destinations such as Africa, Asia and Oceania, where Avianca Brasil doesn’t operate directly.
Besides the advantage of only needing to check in your baggage once, at the start of the trip, the codeshare will offer passengers an extra assistance during flight connections. According to the airlines, until the end of the year, members of Etihad’s Etihad Guest and Avianca Brasil’s Amigo Program, their frequent-flyer programs, will be able to earn miles and trips via the other company.
Etihad Airways operates a flight to São Paulo since June 2013 and, up until the end of last year, already carried near 340,000 passengers in this route. Avianca Brasil serves 22 destinations in Brazil with 200 daily flights. Last year, it carried 8.5 million passengers.
*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani