Virgin Atlantic has announced a new codeshare agreement with GOL, Brazil’s largest domestic airline, which will allow customers to book connecting flights across Brazil.
Virgin Atlantic’s new London Heathrow to Sao Paulo service begins in March 2020 and this agreement means that customers will be able to opt for connections to 37 destinations across Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Brasilia. There are pans to expand the codeshare beyond this in the near future and offer flights to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
“We’re delighted to announce our codeshare agreement with GOL. Brazil is such a rich and diverse country and we’ll be able to offer seamless connections for customers from our brand new London Heathrow to Sao Paulo service onto 37 destinations across Brazil,” Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented. “Customers will soon be able to enjoy Virgin Atlantic’s signature service to South America’s largest country.”
Virgin Atlantic’s daily service to Sao Paulo will operate on a Boeing 787-9 and will begin on March 29th, 2020. Seats will be on sale from September 10th, 2019. Customers will be able to choose between Virgin Atlantic’s signature Upper Class, Premium and Economy Delight, Classic and Light.
This codeshare will open up destinations across the fifth largest country in the world. Leisure favourites include surfer hotspot Florianopolis, the Amazon jungle via Manaus and the pristine coastline of Recife. For business travellers, popular connections will include the Brazilian capital Brasilia, world famous Rio de Janeiro and industrial hub Curitiba.
Customers travelling on Virgin Atlantic and GOL can expect a seamless experience. With matching baggage allowances across the two airlines, as well as baggage being checked through to their destination, flying to Brazil with be a breeze.
Eduardo Bernardes Neto, SVP sales and distribution at GOL, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Virgin Atlantic ahead of its arrival into Brazil next year. GOL offers a leading route network and high quality service and we’re thrilled to be able to connect even more customers thanks to our new partnership with Virgin Atlantic.”
Virgin Atlantic also recently announced new flights between the UK and the USA.