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Delta Air Lines and GOL Seek Codeshare Authorization

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Delta Air Lines and GOL have filed documentation with the governments of the United States and Brazil requesting authorization to implement a codeshare agreement. The agreement will allow Delta and GOL customers improved connecting flight access beyond the carriers respective hubs, including Atlanta, New York-JFK, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

The codeshare arrangement will initially allow Delta to put its code on more than 45 GOL flights departing from Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to other cities throughout Brazil, as well as GOL flights between Brazil and Paraguay and Uruguay.

The airlines also plan to offer members of Deltas SkyMiles and GOLs Smiles frequent flier programs the ability to earn and redeem miles on all flights operated by each carrier. Redemption benefits are scheduled to begin this fall. The frequent flier program cooperation is not dependent on the codeshare relationship.

Deltas continued growth in Brazil will be further enhanced by our new alliance partner GOL and its extensive network throughout Brazil and the rest of South America, said Christophe Didier, Deltas Staff Vice President of Sales and Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean. This alliance relationship will benefit our customers as it will provide the advantage of traveling to more destinations on one ticket with enhanced connecting service between our airlines, and earning SkyMiles and SMILES credits for the entire trip.

Delta currently offers 30 nonstop weekly flights between the United States and Brazil. This includes service between Atlanta and Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Fortaleza, and Manaus; and service between New York-JFK and Sao Paulo. Delta is also seeking government authorization to start services between Sao Paulo and Detroit.

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