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ANA and TAM Airlines announce code-sharing agreement

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ANA and TAM Airlines have strengthened their relationship through a new code-sharing agreement, which is subject to government approval. Both carriers will cooperate through code sharing to connect Tokyo and Sao Paulo via London.

TAM Airlines will place its JJ flight code on ANA flights between Narita, Tokyo and Heathrow, London. ANA will place its NH flight code on TAM flights between Heathrow, London and Guarulhos, Sao Paulo.

The code sharing will increase both airlines’ presence in each other’s market, as well as provide seamless travel to their customers to various cities in Asia and South America via Tokyo and Sao Paulo, respectively. Since May, members of both airlines’ frequent flyer programs, “ANA Mileage Club” and “TAM Fidelidade”, have already begun to accrue and redeem miles with either airline.

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is that not an extraordinarliy long way of getting from japan to brazil. must be some reason why they didnt want to connect through a point in north america.

with the lack of a direct flight to brazil, i would think that most passengers would opt for using a north american carrier and connect through their closer hub.

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with the lack of a direct flight to brazil, i would think that most passengers would opt for using a north american carrier and connect through their closer hub

Well, there are some hundred thousands brazilians living in Japan and 2 million nikkei living in Brazil. Those with a Brazilian passport need a visa just to be on transfer in the US. Besides, when you are on transfer in the US you can lose 4 or more hours (having to go through immigration and be considered a terrorist until you prove otherwise), that for business travelers are quite valuable.

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