Ryanair and Air Air Europa have signed partnership where Air Europe flights from Madrid to Americas are for sale on Ryanair’s website and the airlines will offer interline services later this year (you could check your bag to final destination on Air Europa when travel begins on Ryanair).
Air Europe is a SkyTeam member that used Flying Blue as its’ frequent flier program for years before launching Suma in late 2015. Ryanair, the leading deep LCC, doesn’t have frequent flier program.
Here’s press release from Ryanair:
Ryanair, Spain’s No.1 airline, today (23 May) announced a new flight partnership with Air Europa, which will allow its 130m customers to book Air Europa long haul flights on the Ryanair.com website. From today, customers can browse and book Air Europa flights on 20 long haul routes from Madrid to 16 countries in North, Central and South America, including Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and the United States.
This new Air Europa partnership is the latest initiative delivered under Year 4 of Ryanair’s “Always Getting Better” customer experience programme, and follows the launch of Ryanair’s connecting flight service via Rome Fiumicino last week.
The second phase of this Air Europa partnership will be launched later this year and will allow Ryanair customers to connect onto Air Europa long haul flights through Madrid. Ryanair is continuing its discussions with a number of other long haul airlines on potential feed and connecting flight partnerships.
In Madrid, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said:
“We are pleased to announce this exciting partnership with Air Europa, which allows our customers to browse and book flights on 20 long routes from Madrid to exciting cities in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and the USA on the Ryanair.com website. Ryanair operates over 50 short haul routes to/from Madrid and now our customers can book flights on Air Europa long haul routes to destinations including Buenos Aires, Havana and New York.
This partnership is the latest AGB enhancement as we continue our journey to becoming the ‘Amazon of travel.’ We continue to speak to a number of other long haul airlines about potential connecting flight partnerships and we look forward to offering our 130m customers an even greater choice and range of long haul services in 2018.”
Globalia Group CEO, Javier Hidalgo said:
“This partnership with Ryanair gives us great satisfaction, and it puts us at the forefront of business and allows us to strengthen our competitiveness. With this agreement Air Europa doubles its connectivity with the European continent adding 53 European cities.
This agreement consolidates Air Europa, the only regular airline with 100% Spanish capital, as the best price-quality option to fly between Europe and America. I am also happy to announce that in 2020 Air Europa will have the most modern and efficient fleet of the market operating between both continents.”
Ryanair has been very vocal about planning or at least (vocally) contemplating launching transatlantic service when they have airplanes that can do that. Not sure if this is only hot air.
Ryanair offers point to point service around Europe and has basis all over the continent. It never ceases to amaze me where you can come across their planes (Ponta Delgada for example) even when you have never flown with them. The airline has also cornered the Italian domestic market.
Agreements like this benefit both parties. Ryanair can feed Air Europa’s long-haul flights to Americas and Air Europa can offer connectivity to destinations that Ryanair doesn’t serve.