American to codeshare with TAM and LAN Colombia

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American Airlines will launch new flights to Bogota and two destinations in Brazil, as it signs agreements with Brazil's TAM and Bogota-based LAN Colombia to codeshare.

The Oneworld carrier will begin flights between Dallas-Fort Worth and Bogota, as well as launch service from Miami to Curitiba and Porto Alegre in Brazil. All three new routes will begin in late 2013, says American.

Once the codeshare agreements are approved, American's passengers will have access to destinations served by TAM and LAN Colombia within Brazil and Colombia. In return, the two Latin American airlines' customers will have access to new destinations in the USA including Boston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Las Vegas and Seattle.

"American's new partnerships with TAM and LAN Colombia further strengthen our longstanding relationship with LATAM Airlines Group, Latin America's largest and most premier airline group," says Virasb Vahidi, American's chief commercial officer. "As we continue to expand our presence in Latin America, the new routes to Brazil and Colombia are a direct response to the increasing customer demand for travel between the US and Latin America."

LAN and TAM completed a merger earlier this year. LAN is in the Oneworld alliance with American while TAM is a Star Alliance member, although industry observers believe that TAM will leave Star to join LAN in Oneworld. LAN Colombia is the Colombian subsidiary of Chilean airline group LAN. American already codeshares with LAN from its hubs in Chile, Argentina. Ecuador and Peru.

"This agreement strengthens the airline's position in North America and offers more options by which Colombian passengers can take advantage of the network of more than 40 destinations that will be offered through the codeshare with American Airlines in North America," says Hernán Pasman, executive director of LAN Colombia.

American says its new service between Dallas-Fort Worth and Bogota in late 2013 will complement its existing service from Miami to three destination in Colombia: Bogota, Cali and Medellin. It flies up to 35 times weekly on these routes. The US carrier also serves several cities in Brazil, and will fly to nine Brazilian destinations with the addition of Curitiba and Porto Alegre.

American will be the only airline to operate on the three new routes to Latin American that it plans to launch in 2013, schedules in Innovata show.