JAL, American Airlines to Expand Codeshares to São Paulo, Add Rio
Japan Airlines (JAL) will begin expand its existing codeshare agreement with American Airlines with flights to South America. Starting January 27, 2013, JAL will increase the number of American Airlines-operated flights between São Paulo and both New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport that it can place its code on. In addition, the agreement will also allow the Japanese airline to place its code on American Airlines-operated flights between Rio de Janeiro and both JFK and DFW.
The codeshare agreement covers American Airlines flights from Dallas/Fort Worth to Rio de Janeiro, operating on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and flights from Rio to Dallas, departing on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. The agreement also covers American Airlines daily non-stop flights between New York and Rio.
JAL will also add daily São Paulo-New York and São Paulo-Dallas/Fort Worth codeshare flights to its existing São Paulo-New York codeshare service with American. On January 31, American will start serving São Paolo with its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Flight 963 will depart DFW at 8:35 p.m. and arrive the next day at 10:30 a.m. The return flight on the new 777 will depart São Paulo 12:55 a.m. and arrive in Dallas the same day at 7:20 a.m. The other flight to São Paolo is on a Boeing 777-200.
The new codeshare flights are a continuation of the airlines’ joint business agreement from April 1, 2011, which saw the two airlines partner on trans-Pacific services. Tickets for the new codeshare flights will be available for purchase on January 23, 2013.