ALLIANCE WITH TAM BRAZILIAN AIRLINES EXTENDED TO MORE CITIES
MIAMI - American Airlines today expands its service to Brazil and its marketing alliance with TAM Brazilian Airlines when it launches new codeshare flights between Miami and Manáus, with continuing service to Brasilia.
Under this arrangement, American will place its “AA” code and flight number on flights operated by TAM between Miami and Manáus, which is the capital of the Brazilian Amazon and the center for exploration of the Amazon Basin. American and TAM offer the only daily nonstop service in this market.
American will also place its code on TAM’s continuing service to Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, and on TAM flights that connect beyond Manáus and Brasilia to Belém, São Luis, Goi‰nia and Cuiabá. This brings to 14 the number of cities that American serves in Brazil in cooperation with TAM.
American also offers nonstop service between its U.S. gateways and both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and one-stop service to Belo Horizonte.
“As the leading U.S. airline to Latin America, we are pleased to offer our customers access to more cities in Brazil,” said Peter Dolara, American’s senior vice president for Miami, the Caribbean and Latin America. “We are delighted that our close relationship with our alliance partner, TAM Brazilian Airlines, enables us to expand travel options and provide enhanced customer service in the U.S.-Brazil market.”
“Just three years ago, TAM started its services from Brazil to the United States, and with the hard work and invaluable collaboration of our partner, American Airlines, we have grown to rank second in terms of passengers transported between
Miami and Brazil,” said Rubel Thomas, TAM’s vice president of international affairs.
“We are very proud to extend this service to our partner’s customers, solidifying our leadership in the U.S.-Brazil market. “
Manáus is the gateway to eco-tourism for adventurers who want to explore the Amazon and enjoy a stay in one of the many nearby jungle lodges. It is also home to a thriving free trade zone, which has drawn more than 70 globally recognized corporations to establish production facilities in the area.
Business and leisure passengers will benefit from the time savings gained by this new nonstop service. The nonstop flight to Manáus takes less than six hours, which is half the travel time compared to connecting itineraries via the traditional gateways of São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro.