Qatar Airways and LATAM Airlines Brasil, the flag carrier of Brazil, have signed an expanded codeshare agreement that places the Gulf carrier’s code on 45 additional LATAM Airlines Brasil flights. The arrangement enhances Qatar’s reach with destinations such as Curitiba, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, São Luiz and Vitoria.
In addition, LATAM Airlines Brasil will also be putting its code on Qatar Airways’ recently expanded 10 weekly flights to and from São Paulo, as well as on flights to several additional destinations beyond Doha, including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Maldives, Nairobi, Seoul and Tokyo, subject to regulatory approval.
The strategic partnership between the two airlines was first launched in 2016 and recently expanded in 2019.
Members of each airline’s loyalty programs are also able to earn and redeem miles for travel across the partners’ complete networks as well as recognition of their tier status at select airports with benefits such as priority check-in and priority boarding.
Akbar Al Baker, Qatar’s group chief executive, said, “By increasing São Paulo services to 10 weekly flights and expanding our codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines Brazil, we will further cement our position as the airline of choice for customers travelling between Asia, the Middle East and South America.”
The expansion of the Qatar Airways-LATAM Brasil codeshare comes on the heels of the launch of a new codeshare agreement between Qatar and China Southern Airlines. In addition, Qatar is also set to launch a codeshare agreement with Alaska Airlines when the latter carrier joins the Oneworld Alliance in the spring.