OpenSkies and American Airlines say the new codeshare agreement will give American's customers more travel options when flying to and from Europe and OpenSkies...

American Airlines and British Airways all-premium-class subsidiary OpenSkies have signed a new codeshare agreement.

The new codeshare agreement will expand from January into OpenSkies joining the joint business agreement (JBA) involving American, British Airways and Iberia on transatlantic routes. The JBA, which has anti-trust approval from both the European Union and the U.S. Department of Transportation, lets the airlines coordinate their routes, schedules, capacity and fares on services between the United States and Europe.

OpenSkies and American Airlines say the new codeshare agreement will give American’s customers more travel options when flying to and from Europe and OpenSkies customers easier access to major business markets in the United States.

All-business-class airline OpenSkies, a subsidiary of British Airways, operates non-stop flights with Boeing 757s between Paris Orly and Newark Liberty International Airport. The airline also has established a partnership with French national railway operator SNCF to provide its passengers with high-speed train links from Paris Orly to Lyons, Nantes and in the future other destinations in France and Europe

The agreement allows American to place its code on OpenSkies flights between Newark Liberty International Airport and Paris Orly Airport. The codeshare also extends connecting opportunities via Newark Liberty to Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago O’Hare, Los Angeles and Miami.

OpenSkies offers all premium-class seating with a choice of large seats that convert to fully flat beds, and seats that recline to 140 degrees. The airline operates a fleet of four specially outfitted Boeing 757s.

“This new codeshare relationship will give our customers more opportunities to seamlessly connect to Europe while enjoying the premium experience OpenSkies has to offer,” says Kenji Hashimoto, American’s vice president – strategic alliances. “American and OpenSkies are looking into additional opportunities to enhance our relationship and offer our joint customers further benefits in the future.”

“We’re very happy to announce this codeshare agreement with American Airlines, which gives our customers the benefits of American’s extensive network,” says Patrick Malval, OpenSkies’ managing director. “This codeshare agreement will further develop into OpenSkies joining the joint business agreement between American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia effective January 1, 2012, bringing added benefits for transatlantic travel.”

Through the joint business, customers benefit from better flight schedules, expanded codesharing, more coordinated services, and greater access to a wider variety of fares.

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