Qatar Airways’ brainchild, Italian carrier Air Italy announced it had signed a codeshare agreement with South American oneworld alliance member LATAM Airlines.
The new agreement involves a codeshare in LATAM’s two daily flights between Brazil and Italy. Passengers to and from flights JJ8110 from Sao Paulo Guarulhos to Rome and LA8062 from Sao Paulo to Milan Malpenasa (MXP) will be able to seamlessly connect to four domestic destinations under the new accord.
Air Italy’s flights between Milan Malpensa and Catania, Lamezia Terme and Palermo, in addition to flights between Rome Fiumicino and Olbia, will be code-shared with the South American giant. The new agreement will enable both airlines to sell each other’s flights under their own platforms, offering a greater variety of destinations to passengers and smoothing their travel experience.
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This move brings Air Italy a step closer to another oneworld alliance member, which raises the question regarding if the airline will eventually join the alliance. This is as the Milan-based carrier already has codeshare agreements in place with British Airways, Iberia and S7 Airlines, as well as with its parent company, Qatar Airways, who owns 49 percent of its stakes.
Given Qatar Airways is also an investor in both IAG and LATAM, it makes sense both have some degree of connection with the newly rebranded Italian carrier. In fact, a few months back, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, showed himself positive about Air Italy eventually joining oneworld, drawing on this argument.
However, following a recent increase in tensions between Qatar and fellow alliance members American Airlines and Qantas, building Al Baker’s recent allegations threatening Qatar could leave the alliance in the near future.
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