TAM, member airline of LATAM, took another step towards becoming a OneWorld member today when AA & TAM announced a codeshare on each other’s flights starting August 22, 2013. When TAM and AA begins their codeshare it will cover a number of routes between the USA and Brazil and within each country.
Through the agreement, the two airlines will codeshare on each other’s flights between the United States and Brazil. American’s customers will also have access to TAM flights from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to eight additional destinations throughout Brazil, including Fortaleza, Natal and Vitoria, and TAM’s customers will also have access to American flights from Miami, New York and Orlando, Fla., to 25 cities in the U.S., including Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
AA has a much larger presence in the USA-Brazil market, currently serving 7 destinations from Miami, New York, Dallas and it will soon add new flights to 2 more Brazilian destinations, Curitiba (CWB) and Porto Alegre (POA) from Miami, and a long haul flight from Los Angeles to San Paulo.
AA flights Brazil – USA
LAN has focused on major Brazilian tourist and business destinations in the USA plying between San Paulo and New York, Miami, and Orlando along with Rio to Miami and New York.
TAM operated flights Brazil – USA
The new combined codeshare will allow American AAdvantage members to earn miles on TAM metal flights between the USA and Brazil and within Brazil starting August 22. Per @AmericanAir on Twitter, all TAM flights will be eligible to earn AAdvantage miles on, however redemption options are still not available until later this year. I am still awaiting for official confirmation from my AAdvantage contacts to confirm this, but for now, per AA twitter:
This new codeshare agreement allows both TAM and AA to reach beyond major cities and feed their larger network with help of each other’s domestic routes. I am looking forward to seeing the relationship between LATAM and AA grow as TAM joins the OneWorld Alliance. More on this codeshare and more in the near future!