Virgin Atlantic and LATAM Airlines Group requested authorization from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to launch a codeshare agreement allowing the transport of passengers between the United Kingdom, Chile, Peru and Colombia via the United States. Virgin already has a codeshare agreement with LATAM Brazil.
A new codeshare agreement?
Virgin Atlantic and LATAM Airlines revealed their plans to operate a codeshare agreement this week. Delta Air Lines invests in both carriers.
Virgin Atlantic has applied for a general declaration authorization to display the LA code on flights operated by Virgin Atlantic in conjunction with foreign air transport between points in the UK via the UK and intermediate points to a point or points in the US and beyond, the company said. company.
Likewise, LATAM Airlines has requested authorization to display the VS code on flights operated by the company between points behind Chile, Peru and Colombia and intermediate points in the US and beyond.
Codeshare services will not be available to any passengers of joint applicants to or from points in the US. The US will only serve as transit points for traffic between the UK and Chile, Peru and Colombia.
These are the routes added to the authorization request:
|operator operator||marketing operator||Route|
|LATAM Peru||Virgin Atlantic||JFK-LIM
|LATAM Colombia||Virgin Atlantic||MIA-BOG
|Virgin Atlantic||LATAM Colombia||MIA-LHR
|LATAM Airlines (these flights originate or terminate in Chile).||Virgin Atlantic||MIA-BOG
|Virgin Atlantic||LATAM Airlines||MIA-LHR
LATAM and Virgin codeshares
Currently, LATAM Airlines has codeshares with 13 airlines, according to its website. The airline has codeshares with Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, Azul, Delta Air Lines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern Airlines, Qantas, Iberia, Korean Airlines, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Airways and Vueling. The airline also has a recently approved joint venture agreement with Delta Air Lines.
Meanwhile, Virgin has joint venture agreements with Air France, Delta Air Lines and KLM. It also has codeshare agreements with Aeromexico, Air New Zealand, IndiGo, LATAM Brasil, Middle East Airlines, Singapore Airlines and WestJet. Its codeshare with LATAM Brazil allows the airline to also offer flights to 12 domestic destinations from São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport (GRU): Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, Curitiba, Londrina, Goiânia, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro, Vitória, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Recife and Fortaleza.
Codeshare LATAM and Virgin in Brazil
Earlier this year, Virgin and LATAM announced the new codeshare agreement in Brazil. Customers who book through Virgin Atlantic can now travel from Heathrow direct to São Paulo, as well as make connections at 12 domestic airports in Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Florianópolis. Customers traveling from Sao Paulo to London Heathrow will also have the option to seamlessly connect to Virgin Atlantic destinations around the world via Terminal 3, including Tel Aviv, Delhi and Hong Kong.
Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented:
“We are very excited about the launch of this new codeshare partnership with LATAM Airlines. As we recover from the pandemic, partnerships are more important than ever and we look forward to building on the incredibly successful interline relationship we have had for several years. We also see opportunities beyond Brazil and look forward to further expanding our relationship to serve destinations across South America, including Peru and Colombia.”
Daniel Martínez Garbuno is a Mexican journalist. He specialized in the airline industry working primarily for A21, a Mexican media outlet focused entirely on the world of aviation. He has also published on other websites such as Simple Flying, Roads & Kingdoms, Proceso, El Economista, Buzos de la Noticia, Contenido and Notimex.