American Airlines and oneworld-alliance partner Cathay Pacific Airways have expanded their codeshare relationship.
The expanded codeshare relationship includes Cathay Pacific’s new daily service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport, as well as the carrier’s existing daily service between Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. American Airlines says the new Ho Chi Minh City codeshare gives it a stronger presence in Southeast Asia.
With the addition of these flights, which will feature American’s ‘AA’ flight prefix from September 1 (the day that Cathay Pacific Airways begins its Chicago-Hong Kong service), the codeshare agreement between American and Cathay Pacific Airways includes 23 markets in North America and eight markets throughout Asia.
“Our partnership with Cathay Pacific gives American’s customers expanded access to destinations in China and the rest of Asia,” says Virasb Vahidi, American’s chief commercial officer. “With this codeshare expansion, our customers now have more options for travel between North America and Asia.”
American Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways have been codesharing since 2003 on several transpacific, U.S. domestic and intra-Asia flights.
Recently, Cathay Pacific expanded the agreement by adding its code on domestic services between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and 11 U.S. markets served by American or American Eagle. This expansion was made possible because of Cathay Pacific’s new service to Chicago, and the increased connectivity it offers to customers travelling on the networks of both carriers.
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