Turkish Airlines and Avianca Brazil Sign Code Share Agreement
Under the terms of the agreement, both carriers will offer their customers access to selected international destinations
Dubai, UAE: 14 December 2015: Turkish Airlines has signed a code-share agreement with its fellow Star Alliance member Avianca Brazil. The Brazilian company stated it will add its code (O6) to selected flights operated by the partner, offering its customers access to Istanbul and connections to several destinations in the world. Similarly, the European carrier will distribute its passengers on Avianca Brazil flights beyond São Paulo under the TK code.
Turkish Airlines operates seven weekly flights between Istanbul-Sao Paulo and vice versa which is one of the strategic gateways in line with its development plans to South America. By this agreement, both carriers will strengthen their current partnerships and provide the customers with more seamless flight alternatives throughout their network. Additionally, Avianca’s Amigo members and Turkish Airlines’ Miles&Smiles customers will benefit from being able to earn points/miles on these flights, qualifying for program status upgrades and redemption on all 18,500 daily flights operated by Star Alliance carriers to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.
The announcement was made by Jose Efromovich, president of Avianca Brazil, during a Star Alliance Chief Executive Board meeting held in Chicago, USA. "Through this agreement, Avianca will strengthen its position as the reliable alliance member in Brazil and further expand the advantages offered to its customers, by connecting them safely and comfortably to the world", Efromovich said.
“We are extremely pleased to sign this codeshare agreement with Avianca Brazil and aim to improve our partnership to maximize the travel opportunities offered to our passengers through the networks of both airlines. Additionally, we believe that this partnership will also contribute to Star Alliance” Temel Kotil PhD, Turkish Airlines’ CEO added.
Avianca Brazil informed it will submit the agreement documentation to the authorities for approval and will provide details on the announcement, such as the routes involved and the date of implementation, as soon as it completes the usual formalities. Currently, members of Avianca’s Amigo loyalty program can already earn points and issue tickets on Turkish flights, which is reciprocally valid for Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles program members.
About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 299(passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 280 destinations worldwide with 232 international and 48 domestic. According to Skytrax survey of 2015, Turkish Airlines was chosen "Europe's Best Airline" for the fifth and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the seventh consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service", in 2013 the world’s "Best Business Catering Service", and in 2014 "Best Business Catering Service" awards, Turkish Airlines was this year awarded the world's “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” and "Best Business Airline Lounge" prizes in the Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on www.turkishairlines.com.
About Avianca Brazil
Avianca Brazil has been a scheduled carrier since 2002 and is the fastest growing airline in the Brazilian market. Covering 23 domestic destinations and one abroad with more than 200 daily flights, the company will transport more than 8 million passengers in 2015 on its modern fleet of 41 Airbus aircraft. As a Star Alliance member, it offers customers access to more than 1,300 destinations worldwide through the networks of its international air partners. Avianca Brazil is widely recognized for the quality of its products and services, such as differentiated meals, individual in-flight entertainment system and more legroom, in addition to its Amigo loyalty program, which has over three million registered customers. The company is certified with IATA’s IOSA audit, recognized as the benchmark for global safety management in airlines. More information about Avianca Brazil can be found on www.avianca.com.br/en.
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. The integration of Avianca Brazil is currently in progress. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries For additional information visit www.staralliance.com and/or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or LinkedIn.