Azul S.A., “Azul”, the largest airline in Brazil by number of cities and departures, and Turkish Airlines, national flag carrier of Turkey, announced the signature of a codeshare agreement effective as of 6 December 2017.
Through this codeshare partnership, Turkish Airlines will add its flight code (TK) in Azul domestic flights. As a result, customers will be able to purchase tickets directly from Turkish Airlines sales channels to fly to Brazilian destinations operated by Azul. In addition to TK’s other partnerships in the region, passengers will have more alternatives by the virtue of this codeshare agreement.
"The codeshare with Turkish Airlines will be very important to strengthen our international presence, especially for customers travelling from Europe and Asia to Brazil. Now they will be able to enjoy the convenience of thru ticketing, check-in and boarding passes. On the domestic connection customers will experience the market leading and award winning service of Azul” says Abhi Shah Azul’s Chief Revenue Officer.
“As Turkish Airlines, we are glad to be a codeshare partner with Azul, one of the most important airlines of Brazil. In conjunction with this new commercial cooperation, passengers would enjoy to travel from São Paulo to different Brazilian destinations as a continuation of their seamless Istanbul-Sao Paulo flight.“ said Bilal Ekşi, Turkish Airlines’ Deputy Chairman & CEO.
Initially, the Turkish carrier may place its code in Azul's operations from São Paulo (Guarulhos) to many destinations in Brazil, like Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Cuiaba, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Recife, Goiania and Florianopolis, for example. The routes offer fast and convenient connections for customers leaving Istanbul, the biggest Turkish city and also an unmatched hub for its geographical position, to São Paulo. Moreover, the agreement works reciprocally; allowing both airlines’ customers to enjoy connectivity in their respective hubs.
Turkish Airlines, flies to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in the world, currently operates to more than 300 international passenger and cargo destinations in total, on 5 continents. Azul, in turn, offers 755 daily departures to more than 100 destinations in Brazil, Europe, United States and South America.