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New Nonstop Flights South of the Border

American, JetBlue and United Airlines have announced new southbound flights in the battle for air traffic to Latin America. Additionally, American and US Airways are entering into new codeshare agreements to increase their Latin American reach.

Mexico

First up, United Airlines is launching a flight from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Monterrey, Mexico (MTY) – while Mexico is still North America, we’ll cut them some slack. The new daily flight to Monterrey begins December 19, 2012, and will be operated by a United Express CRJ-700 regional jet with six seats in First Class, 28 in Economy Plus, and 32 in Economy.

Central America

Next, United will start flying from Washington Dulles (IAD) to San Salvador (SAL) on December 19th as well. The mainline flight will be operated with Boeing 737-800 equipment and will supplement existing flights from Houston’s Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

Now comes American Airlines, the US carrier with the strongest presence in Latin America, which includes both Central and South America.

Colombia

The Walls of Cartagena, Columbia

The Walls of Cartagena, Columbia

Colombia is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination as well as a business center in South America. The country is finally losing its bad reputation with a successful public relations campaign to encourage tourism. Its location in northern South America also means the nation can be reached easily from the United States with a reasonable flight time.

From American’s Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) hub, the carrier will begin a new non-stop to Bogota, Colombia (BOG). This route is set to launch in late 2013.

The airline already operates 35 weekly non-stop flights to an array of cities in Columbia from its hub at Miami International Airport (MIA). Destinations served from Miami include Bogota (BOG), Cali (CLO) and Medellin’s José María Córdova Intl Airport (MDE).

JetBlue will also be adding Medellin (MDE) to their route network from Fort Lauderdale (FLL) in June of 2013. Medellin is Colombia’s second largest city following Bogota. JetBlue already operates flights to Bogota (BOG) from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando (MCO) and Cartagena (CTG) can be reached non-stop from JetBlue’s hub at New York’s JFK Airport.


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Brazil

American has ambitious plans here, launching two non-stop flights to smaller, yet important markets in Brazil. From their gateway to the Americas at Miami International Airport (MIA), American will begin non-stop flights to both Curitiba (CWB) and Porto Alegre (POA) in Brazil.

These new flights bring the number of destinations American serves to a total of nine in Brazil. The cities served from Miami (MIA) include Belo Horizonte (PLU), Brasilia (BSB), Manaus (MAO), Recife (REC), Rio de Janeiro (GIG), Salvador (SSA) and Sao Paulo (GRU).

Sao Paulo (GRU) is also served from Dallas/Ft Worth (DFW) and this route will soon be the first to operate American Airlines’ state of the art Boeing 777-300ER. In addition to onboard features such as satellite Internet delivered via WiFi, this aircraft has significant space to transport cargo between the two nations.

AA 777-200 at LAX for LHR Flight | 777-300ER to fly LAX-LHR

American Airlines Boeing 777-200 Model

The above photo depicts an American Airlines Boeing 777-200 at Los Angeles International. The Boeing 777-300ER is a stretched version of the 777-200 with additional seating as well as an extended range.

American Airlines and LATAM Airlines Group to Codeshare

American will build their reach further into both Brazil and Colombia with a new codeshare agreement with both Sao Paulo based TAM Airlines and Bogota’s LAN Colombia. The two airlines are part of the LATAM Airlines Group.

Upon approval of the new codeshare agreements, passengers flying American Airlines will be able to reach cities across Colombia and Brazil on one seamless ticket. The new agreement is bilateral in nature, allowing TAM and LAN Colombia passengers easy access to the business centers of the United States.

Both nations are important trade partners with the United States and the new agreement will boast commerce between the nations. Aside from carrying passengers, the transportation of cargo is a lucrative business for the airline.

Virasb Vahidi, American’s Chief Commercial Officer, said in a written press statement, “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 U.S. and Latin America.”

American already has codeshare agreements with LAN through their hubs in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, and Peru. These accommodations with LAN Airlines are made possible through their membership in the oneworld alliance.

US Airways to Codeshare with Avianca and TACA

Avianca, based in Colombia, has a large route network which US Airways consumers will soon have access to through a new codeshare agreement. Central America’s TACA will open up routes to Guatemala City (GUA) and San Salvador (SAN) with a codeshare from Chicago O’Hare (ORD). Both Airlines, Avianca and TACA, are part of the same parent company, AviancaTaca Holdings.


Avianca

In Colombia, new destinations brought to US Airways passengers include Bogota (BOG), Medellin (MDE), Barranquilla (BAQ), Cali (CLO), and Cartagena (CTG). The new flights to Bogota carrying the US Airways code will originate from New York Kennedy (JFK), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), and Orlando (MCO), while flights to Medellin (MDE) will originate from New York Kennedy (JFK) and Miami (MIA).

Finally, the non-stops carrying the US code to Barranquilla, Colombia (BAQ), Cali, Colombia (CLO), and Cartagena, Colombia (CTG), will originate from Miami (MIA), the Gateway to the Americas.

While these origin cities don’t connect well with the US Airways network, as none of them are hubs for the carrier, it will expand their reach for consumers who reside in the US Airways cities of Philadelphia (PHL), Charlotte (CLT), Washington DC (DCA), and Phoenix (PHX) with one connection service to most new markets.

Consumers in most US Airways cities will be looking at double connections to reach the new markets opened by the codeshare agreement.

The agreement is bilateral in nature, thus opening US Airways hub cities up to Avianca and TACA consumers.

US Airways has a limited presence in Latin America and is now working to play catch-up when it comes to the addition of lucrative emerging markets.

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