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Azul Brazilian Airlines and United Airlines announce expansion of cooperation

Azul Brazilian Airlines, Brazil’s largest carrier by cities served, and United Airlines have announced the expansion of their cooperation by implementing a codeshare agreement, which offers customers easier connections when flying between Brazil and the United States. The codeshare agreement provides customers flying on both airlines a seamless reservations and ticketing process, including boarding pass and baggage check-in to their final destination. This is the first international codeshare agreement in Azul’s history.

Azul has placed its AD code on United flights to eight U.S. destinations, offering convenient flight schedules from many cities in Brazil to Chicago, New York, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston and Las Vegas. Connections to other U.S. cities are also available via Fort Lauderdale/Miami and Orlando. United has placed its UA code on Azul flights to six destinations in Brazil beyond Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, offering convenient connections to Goiânia, Belo Horizonte (Confins), Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro (Santos Dumont) and Brasília.  

“With this agreement, Azul now reaches a strategic position in the international market. Customers will have more convenience when purchasing tickets from Azul and United under one code, ensuring a seamless experience and a higher level of service with better and faster connections,” said Marcelo Bento, Azul’s Alliances and Planning director.

“Brazil is Latin America’s largest market and is a key market in United’s global route network,” said Tim Cassady, United’s managing director of Alliances. “Our partnership with Azul, which is recognized for its broad route network, the quality of its services and its operational reliability, will further strengthen our ties to this important region and provide exceptional benefits for our customers.”

Frequent-flyer programs - Members of TudoAzul can earn and redeem miles on United’s MileagePlus program when purchasing tickets through Azul’s sales channels. MileagePlus members have been able to earn and redeem points on TudoAzul since last year.

Azul and United – In June 2015, Azul and United announced a long-term strategic partnership in which United acquired an approximate 5 percent stake in Azul. In August, Azul and United announced an interline agreement offering together 6,000 daily flights and more than 350 destinations around the world.

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