Turkish Airlines and GOL announced important deal
Both airlines signed a code share agreement and benefits for their frequent travelers
Turkish Airlines, the global aviation giant with almost 90 years in operation, and GOL Linhas Aéreas, the leading company in the Brazilian market, announce a codeshare and FFP (Frequent Flyer Partnership) agreement.
The codeshare agreement provides that Turkish Airlines passengers from Africa, Asia, the Far East and the Middle East, can acquire connections with the entire network operated by GOL in the Brazilian territory and to the destinations of Asunción, Santiago, Montevideo and Lima in the region.
Turkish Airlines currently operates 7 daily flights to São Paulo International Airport in Guarulhos (GRU). With the codeshare agreement, Turkish Airlines passengers will be able to purchase tickets for GOL-operated flights in Brazil directly through the airline's sales channels.
In addition to this codeshare, Turkish Airlines and GOL have also reached a consensus on launching frequent flyer cooperation. TK Miles&Smiles and GOL SMILES members will gain access to accrual and redemption benefits on both airlines. The FFP association will initially start with the redemption soon, and the accumulated benefits will be provided later.
Commenting on the agreement, Bilal Ekşi, CEO of Turkish Airlines, said: “As Turkish Airlines, we are pleased to launch the codeshare and FFP cooperation with GOL in Sao Paulo that will allow passengers unique travel alternatives through Istanbul to Brazilian national routes. They will enjoy the benefits of FFP with new flight options along with a more convenient travel experience. With this opportunity, we also hope to contribute to trade relations between our respective countries.”
“As two of the main airlines in Brazil and Turkey, GOL and Turkish Airlines offer the best experience to their passengers. Allowing Turkish Airlines passengers to reach the largest number of flights and destinations in Brazil with this agreement is a pleasure for us” says Paulo Kakinoff, President of GOL. "This will be another opportunity for the world to get to know the beauties of Brazil through the various connections of Turkish Airlines with GOL flights throughout the country," added the executive director.
Codeshare and FFP Partnership will bring benefits to passengers
After being approved by the Brazilian authorities, the codeshare agreement between the airlines will allow passengers to enjoy GOL's 60 domestic destinations from São Paulo (GRU). In the future, the companies will work to expand the agreement to other international destinations operated by GOL. For Brazilians, the Company will offer connections with Turkish Airlines in Istanbul and in many other airports in the world.
Soon, the segments may also be computed for accumulation and download in Smiles, GOL's loyalty program. Once system integration is complete, the FFP agreement will provide accumulation and redemption benefits to Miles & Smiles and Smiles members.