Virgin Atlantic has signed a new codeshare agreement with Brazilian carrier GOL following the announcement of its Heathrow-Sao Paulo service.

The agreement means passengers travelling from London to Brazil will have access to GOL’s domestic network of 37 destinations, including Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Recife.

Both carriers will offer matching baggage allowances, with luggage checked through to passengers’ final destination, as well as wifi and in-flight entertainment.

Virgin Atlantic and GOL said they plan to extend the partnership in the future with flights to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, in addition to a reciprocal frequent flyer programme expected soon.

Virgin Atlantic’s flights to Sao Paulo launch on 29 March 2020, with tickets on sale from 10 September. The route will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 787-9 with Upper Class, Premium and all three Economy options – Delight, Classic and Light.

Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: “We’re delighted to announce our codeshare agreement with GOL. Brazil is such a rich and diverse country and we’ll be able to offer seamless connections for customers from our brand new London Heathrow to Sao Paulo service onto 37 destinations across Brazil.”

Eduardo Bernardes Neto, SVP of sales and distribution at GOL, added: “We’re delighted to partner with Virgin Atlantic ahead of its arrival into Brazil next year. GOL offers a leading route network and high-quality service and we’re thrilled to be able to connect even more customers thanks to our new partnership with Virgin Atlantic.”

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