Both carriers are Star Alliance members; customers are already able to earn and redeem points and miles in both loyalty programmes
South African Airways (SAA), the leading carrier on the African continent, announced that it has implemented a codeshare agreement with its Brazilian Star Alliance partner, Avianca Brasil, offering customers further destinations into Brazil.
Through the agreement SAA customers will be able to travel on selected Avianca Brasil flights under the “SA” code, connecting São Paulo’s international airport to Brasília, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza, Goiânia, Juazeiro do Norte, Maceió, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. SAA operates ten weekly frequencies between Johannesburg and São Paulo.
In turn Avianca Brasil customers will travel on the “O6” Avianca Brasil code from Brazilian destinations through São Paulo’s to Johannesburg. SAA will operate the São Paulo’s – Johannesburg leg.
Both carriers are already selling tickets through all their sales channels for travel effective 17 May.
“Trade between our countries has also grown significantly over the last few years, with Brazil currently being South Africa’s largest trading partner in Latin America. Owing to the regional importance of South Africa and Brazil, as well as the BRICS trade relationship, the codeshare relationship between the two STAR Alliance carriers is of vital importance for the advancement of the broader development of Africa and South America,” said Musa Zwane, SAA Acting CEO.
“We are pleased to offer our customers this additional international connection. Through South African Airways, passengers of Avianca Brasil will have access not only to Johannesburg, but to other excellent destinations in our partner’s route system,” said Frederico Pedreira, CEO of Avianca Brasil.
Trade and investment ties between South Africa and Brazil have been strengthening, underpinned by the reach and influence these two countries enjoy in their respective continents and the codeshare is only a logical step to support travel and promote connectivity between the two regions for business or leisure.
Besides enjoying the benefit of through check-in, dispatching baggage to the final destination, customers who are members of Avianca’s Amigo or South African Airways’ Voyager frequent flyer programmes will benefit from being able to earn points/miles and qualifying themselves for programme status upgrades and redemption on all 18,500 daily flights operated by Star Alliance carriers to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.
In addition, members of Gold and Diamond categories will be entitled to preferential check-in, extra baggage allowance, priority boarding and access to VIP lounges.
Affordable fares to Johannesburg can be found on the Avianca Brasil website, via telephone at 4004-4040 (São Paulo and main capitals) or 0300-789-8160 (other locations) and travel agencies worldwide.