MIAMI – Aeromexico (AM) and LATAM Airlines (LA) have aligned to offer 39 Mexican, 14 Colombian, and 40 Brazilian destinations on their networks through a codeshare agreement.
For South America, the routes will be operated by LATAM Colombia and LATAM Brazil, respectively. These will have Bogota, Medellin, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre as origin and final destinations. For Mexico, passengers of both carriers could travel from various national destinations.
As part of new services, LA will also move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 at Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juarez (MEX) for the end of 2020. According to the statement, this move will facilitate the connectivity of both airlines as AM has its operations at T2.
Planning of the Joint-Venture
Following the recent 20% acquisition of LA from Delta Air Lines (DL), the codeshare came up as a possibility. As DL was already managing 49% of AM’s social capital, the agreement is a long-term shared commitment. Back in September, DL and LA received the approval on their proposed Trans-American joint-venture.
Currently, both South American carriers shared a similar restructuration process; they filed for Chapter 11, AM in June and LA in July. Additionally, both CCOs, Nicolas Ferri from AM and Marty St. George from LA also agreed that this joint-venture will improve Latin America’s connectivity.
For customers, the agreement means that they will now earn and redeem shared miles. While Club Premier passengers will have access to the LA VIP room at Bogota, LATAM Pass Black Signature, Black, and Platinum customers will have access to the AM VIP room at Mexico City. In the statement, both airlines said they were also working to expand reciprocal benefits in frequent flyer programs and airport facilities.
Featured photo: Aeromexico Boeing 787-8. Photo: Masakatsu Ukon.