Delta Air Lines and Gol are working through some technology issues at the Brazilian carrier before they can fully implement their codeshare partnership.
Gol is unable to place its code on Delta flights until the technology issues are addressed, says Christine Kennedy, general manager of international network planning for Latin America and the Caribbean at Atlanta-based Delta, on the sidelines of the Routes Americas 2013 forum in Cartagena today.
The carriers hope to fully implement the codeshare by the end of the second quarter, she says.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) approved an expanded codeshare between the two airlines in December. According to the filing, Delta will place its code on Gol flights between Brazil and the USA, which Gol will place its code on Delta flights between Brazil and the USA, within the USA and to third countries beyond the USA.
Gol already carriers the Delta code on routes between Brasilia, Galeao and Guarulhos and 30 cities in Brail plus six in Latin America.
Kennedy says that Delta has no immediate plans for new flights to Brazil but adds that 14 additional USA-Brazil frequencies will become available in October under the countries air services liberalisation agreement. US carriers are likely to begin filing applications for the frequencies within the next month, she says.