GOL's low cost airline VRG signs Delta Air Lines agreement
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GOL 26.93, +2.18, +8.8%) , the parent of Brazil's low-cost airlines GOL Transportes Aereos and VRG Linhas Aereas, said that VRG and Delta Air Lines have signed a partnership deal. Beginning this month, passengers of both airlines can purchase tickets to all destinations served by VRG and Delta Air Lines.
It's starting to look like Varig is slowly moving towards SkyTeam.
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7437 posts, RR: 44 Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3408 times:
This is interesting news. With a strong parent company like GOL and dual-class service in both short and long haul flights, the new Varig seems like a good candidate to join an international alliance. With JJ moving towards Star Alliance, and RG moving towards SkyTeam, it seems like AA and its oneworld friends will be left out partner-less in Brazil.
Jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 7846 posts, RR: 8 Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 3391 times:
SKYTEAM needs an airline in Southern Latin America, Copa is good for northern Latin America. Brazil is the one market an alliance needs an airline just fro its size. Sao Paulo itself is huge plus all service to Europe can be fed from the neighboring countries which have little or no service to Europe or the USA & Canada.
Donzilasse From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 244 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3367 times:
Interesting news considering merging talks between Delta and United. Sky Team and Star! If a merger actually happens what alliance will represent Delta and United. It was said that the name in that event probably would be United!!!!
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7437 posts, RR: 44 Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3292 times:
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 3): Airlines have interline agreements with dozens of airlines. AA and DL have interline agreements. AA and SAA, etc., etc.
I agree Mark, but the use of the word "partnership" in the article plus the unusual fanfare for what would otherwise be a very common interline agreement could suggest something more, don't you think? And an officer from DL was recently quoted with saying that they were looking for non-aligned maj
DTWAGENT From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1283 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3275 times:
Donzilasse..... If and when ( and I pray will not happen) that the 2 airlines merge. It has already been said that Delta and all of it brands would take on the name of United. That includes their FF, Lounge rooms, everything that has DL on it will be rebranded to UA. Which does not make sense, because DL is repainted and upgrading all their aircraft and adding flights overseas like crazy and making money doing it.
Commavia From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 10675 posts, RR: 62 Reply 7, posted (6 years 1 month 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 3253 times:
I suppose when it comes to domestic Brazilian feed, AA is perhaps banking on potentially being able to fly to all of the major points with its own metal in the next few years, rather than depending on a partner. As there isn't any other U.S. airline that is capable of penetrating as far into Brazil as AA can from Miami, AA may feel that it's not worth it to get into bed with a Brazilian carrier now only to find in 3-5 years that it can fulfill most of the Brazil network needs on its own.