Avianca Brazil, a Brazilian airline based in São Paulo, Brazil, has inked codeshare agreements with Star members Turkish Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines.
By Aaron Karp |
The codeshare agreement signings took place Dec. 9 on the sidelines of the Star Alliance chief executive board meeting in Chicago. Avianca Brazil CEO Jose Efromovich said the codeshare pacts are the “first of many contracts we will sign within the alliance.”
Turkish operates 7X-weekly Boeing 777 flights between Istanbul and São Paulo. Ethiopian operates 3X-weekly 787 flights between Addis Ababa and São Paulo. “We hope to feed our partners with a lot of Brazilian passengers,” Efromovich told reporters in Chicago.
“Brazil is an important market for us,” Ethiopian CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said. “There are [a significant number of] African descendants living in Brazil … We have been looking for connectivity out of São Paulo to the rest of Brazil, and Avianca Brazil is going to provide it.”
Efromovich said he expected to gain approval from the Brazilian government for both codeshare accords within the next two months, adding that he did not expect regulators to raise any objections. Details on the routes covered by the codeshare deals will be provided once regulatory approval is secured.
Efromovich conceded 2015 has been “a difficult year in Brazil” politically and economically, but noted that Avianca Brazil has “managed to grow 15% and we managed to maintain our load factors” despite the county’s struggles.
Turkish CEO Temel Kotil told ATW that Brazil’s economic situation didn’t dissuade him from pursuing a codeshare agreement with Avianca Brazil, explaining that the deal will pay dividends over time. “We are a long-runner,” he said. “This is the right time for this agreement.”
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