May 06, 2016: Air Canada, Canada’s flag carrier and Avianca Brasil have implemented the first stage of a codeshare agreement. Initially, Air Canada will sell, in all its channels, tickets for flights operated by its partner Avianca Brasil under the AC code, significantly expanding its distribution in the local Brazilian market.
The agreement includes flights to and from Brasília, Curitiba, Florianópolis, Fortaleza,Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro (Antonio Carlos Jobim-Galeao airport), Salvador and São Paulo (Guarulhos airport). Air Canada customers will enjoy the benefit of boarding through direct connections, checking-in only once and dispatching baggage to the final destination. Codeshare flights are for sale effective for travel beginning May 9.
"Air Canada operates the only service between Canada and Brazil with non-stop flights from our Toronto global hub daily to Sao Paulo and three-times weekly to Rio de Janeiro,” said Benjamin Smith, president, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
With this agreement, Air Canada customers get convenient codeshare connections to other Brazilian cities with their Star Alliance partner Avianca Brasil.
Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2015 served more than 41 million customers.
Avianca Brasil has been a scheduled carrier since 2002. Covering 22 domestic and one international destinations with nearly 220 daily flights, the company transported 8.5 million passengers in 2015 on its modern fleet of 41 Airbus aircraft.