Beijing Capital Airlines has started selling airline tickets with connections in Lisbon, Portugal, to seven cities in Brazil – Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador and Recife – under a “Code-share” agreement, Portuguese airline TAP-Air Portugal said on Monday.
These cities “thus become closer and more convenient for Beijing Capital Airlines customers,” TAP said in the statement, adding it expected “a significant increase in passengers starting their journeys in China in the TAP network and starting or ending their journeys in Brazil in the network of Beijing Capital.”
TAP-Air Portugal also said that it was “expanding the code-share agreement” that it has had since July 2017 with Beijing Capital Airlines, which includes adding the Chinese company’s JD code on flights selected and operated by TAP between Portugal and Brazil.
The option to expand the agreement to flights to Brazil is the result of cooperation between the two airlines and had been put forward by TAP’s Vice President of Network and Revenue Management, Elton D’Souza, who noted that the shortest route from China to Sao Paulo is via Lisbon.
Beijing Capital Airlines, an airline controlled by the HNA group, started flights in July 2017 between Hangzhou and Lisbon, with stops in Beijing.
The HNA group, based on the island of Hainan, has an indirect stake in Portuguese air carrier TAP-Portugal, through Brazilian airline Azul, which controls 23.7% of the share capital. (macauhub)