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United and Azul Brazilian Airlines, which serves more destinations in Brazil than any other carrier, have formed a new long-term strategic partnership that will provide a range of travel-friendly benefits for the airlines’ mutual customers.
Travelers will have access to and from cities across Brazil, with convenient connections at Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, from which Azul operates more than 50 daily flights throughout the country to destinations such as Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Curitiba and Brasilia. Along with expanded flight options, the airlines will offer an improved transfer process at Guarulhos, with more timely connections for customers and their baggage.
And that’s not all. United and Azul will expand their MileagePlus and TodoAzul frequent-flyer loyalty programs to give members reciprocal benefits to earn and redeem miles systemwide on both airlines. More offerings for loyalty program members are expected as the partnership grows.
“Brazil is Latin America’s largest market and is a key market in United’s global route network,” says Fred Thome, United’s director of alliances. “Our partnership with Azul, which is recognized for its broad route network, the quality of its services and its operational reliability, will further strengthen our ties to this important region and provide exceptional benefits for our customers.”
The expansive cooperation will be rolled out as the airlines receive the necessary government approvals. United currently offers service to Brazil from its hubs in Chicago, Houston, New York/Newark and Washington, D.C., with flights to both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.