American Airlines and Gol are in the process of negotiating a partnership between the airlines, according to the Brazilian news sources.
LATAM, Oneworld alliance airline bases around the continent, announced late September (read more here) that they would exit the alliance and form a closer relationship with Delta.
Here’s an excerpt from Reuters (access their piece here):
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – American Airlines Group Inc (AAL.O) and Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA (GOLL4.SA) are negotiating a “partnership” that could “integrate flights between the two airlines in Latin America,” a newspaper reported on Friday.
The report in Brazil’s Valor Economico, which cited sources familiar with the matter, said the two companies entered into contact in September, on the same day that Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N) bought a stake in Gol competitor Latam Airlines Group SA (LTM.SN).
The firms are also talking with other airlines about potential partnerships, the newspaper said, without elaborating.
Gol alone cannot replace the connectivity that LATAM has been able to provide to American Airlines and other Oneworld partners in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia in addition to Brazil.
Gol essentially is a Brazilian airline with robust domestic network but lacking international one. They are semi-LCC without business class with a couple of lounges in Brazil that are mainly used by partner airlines.
Gol has been my least favorite Brazilian domestic airline, although there is very little difference between them.