Following the recent launch of their antitrust-approved transatlantic joint business, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia are substantially expanding the number of routes on which the three airlines will codeshare between North America and Europe.
These new codeshare flights will offer passengers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico and many other European countries easier access to more choices and better connections to flights across the Atlantic, according to American Airlines.
The first sales date of the expanded codeshare cooperation among the three oneworld-alliance member airlines is December 20, with most travel on the new codeshares available from December 28.
American will add its ‘AA’ flight code to an additional 57 British Airways flights to 16 markets and four Iberia flights to two markets.
British Airways will add its ‘BA’ flight prefix to 42 additional American Airlines flights to 18 markets and 56 Iberia flights to eight markets.
Iberia will add its ‘IB’ flight code to 72 American flights in 23 markets and 86 British Airways flights to 24 markets.
In total, the expanded-codeshare arrangements among the three airlines add up to 317 new codeshare routes.
As a result of the joint business, British Airways’ code will be published on more than 2,800 American and Iberia flights serving more than 336 destinations. American Airlines code will be displayed on more than 800 British Airways and Iberia flights to 174 destinations, and Iberia will publish its code on more than 350 British Airways and American Airlines flights to 80 destinations.
Altogether, the joint business will serve more than 400 destinations in over 100 countries with approximately 5,200 daily departures.
Members of the three airlines’ frequent flyer programs – Iberia’s Plus, American Airlines AAdvantage program, and British Airways Executive Club – can earn points or miles on the new codeshare flights.
“Today’s announcement continues to demonstrate how our stronger relationship with our oneworld partners delivers value to our customers,” says Virasb Vahidi, American’s chief commercial officer. “Expanded codesharing makes it easier and more convenient for our respective customers to travel on the global networks of all three airlines and delivers on our promise of more choices, easier connections and a better overall travel experience.”
“When we launched the joint business in October, we said that we would be rolling out more benefits to customers and this introduction of more codeshare flights across our three airlines is exactly that,” remarks Andrew Crawley, British Airways’ commercial director. “The feedback we’re getting from customers is very positive already and we will continue to align our policies in order to bring them even more benefits.”
Manuel Lopez Aguilar, Iberia’s general director commercial and clients, comments: “The expanded codesharing that will be in place before the end of the year is another benefit for our customers; this has to be added to the new routes that we will be launching from next spring, which in the case of Iberia are Madrid-Los Angeles and Barcelona-Miami. We could not operate these new routes without the joint business.”
According to American Airlines, additional customer benefits of the trans-Atlantic joint business routes include:
● A coordinated schedules on joint business routes providing customers with more flight choices and more convenient times;
● Dedicated support teams for customers transferring at five of the airlines’ hubs: New York JFK, London Heathrow, Madrid, Chicago and Miami;
● Online check-in and boarding pass printing with either the airline operating the flight, or on the website of the airline used to book the travel; and
● Integrated online flight information on all three airlines’ websites.
American, British Airways and Iberia previously announced five new routes beginning in spring 2011 as a benefit of the new joint business. They are New York JFK-Budapest and Chicago-Helsinki, operated by American Airlines; London Heathrow-San Diego, operated by British Airways; and Barcelona-Miami and Madrid-Los Angeles, operated by Iberia.
Additionally, American is adding more flights on already-existing routes from New York JFK to Barcelona and from Miami to Madrid. These new frequencies also begin in spring 2011.
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