Ticket sales under the codeshare agreement have now begun and codeshare travel begins on January 9.

American Airlines and LAN Ecuador have received approval from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and Ecuadorean authorities to begin codeshare cooperation.

The carriers say the agreement will strengthen the oneworld alliance and will provide customers of both airlines more choices and greater connectivity when traveling between the United States and Ecuador and throughout each airline’s network.

Ticket sales under the codeshare agreement have now begun and codeshare travel begins on January 9.

This codeshare relationship will allow American Airlines to place its ‘AA’ flight code on LAN Ecuador flights, and LAN Ecuador to place its ‘XL’ flight code on American Airlines flights. The placement of American’s code on LAN Ecuador flights will provide American’s customers seamless connecting service to three new destinations in Ecuador not currently served by the U.S. carrier.

At present the backbone of oneworld member LAN Airlines' long-haul fleet, and the long-haul fleet of associates LAN Peru and LAN Ecuador, is the Boeing 767-300ER. However, LAN also operates Airbus A340-300s and the group has ordered Boeing 787s for future long-haul operations

At the same time, placing LAN Ecuador codes on American Airlines flights will offer LAN customers new destinations in the U.S. such as Atlanta, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.

American will codeshare on LAN Ecuador international flights between New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil; Miami International Airport (MIA) and Guayaquil; and Miami and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito, Ecuador’s capital.

The U.S. carrier will also codeshare on LAN Ecuador domestic flights within Ecuador between Guayaquil and Seymour Airport (GPS) on Baltra Island in the Galapagos Islands; Guayaquil and Quito; Quito and Baltra; Quito and Mariscal Lamar International Airport (CUE) in Cuenca; and Guayaquil and San Cristóbal Airport (SCY) on the island of San Cristóbal, which is also in the Galapagos.

LAN Ecuador will codeshare on American Airlines’ international flights between Miami and Guayaquil and Miami and Quito; and on connecting service between Miami and New York JFK.

“By strengthening and broadening our relationship with oneworld partner LAN, we are able to offer our customers more travel options and are better positioned to deliver enhanced benefits across our respective networks,” says Kenji Hashimoto, American’s vice president – strategic alliances.

“This agreement will improve connectivity between the two countries with access to more destinations by providing flight connections and therefore promoting trade and tourism,” says Maximiliano Naranjo, LAN Ecuador’s general manager.

Additionally, members of the American Airlines AAdvantage program and LAN’s frequent flyer program, LANPASS, will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights. The two airlines are exploring other ways to augment their cooperation to offer passengers more choices and benefits when traveling throughout North and South America.