American Airlines and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways soon will begin a wide-ranging codeshare agreement. The two airlines have received government approval for their forthcoming cooperation.
Under the new arrangement, American Airlines will place its ‘AA’ flight prefix on services operated by Etihad Airways in both directions between Abu Dhabi and New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), Paris (CDG), Dublin, Frankfurt, Manchester and Milan (MXP).
Etihad Airways will place its ‘EY’ code on a number of transatlantic services operated by American between the United States and Europe, plus flights between New York (JFK) and Washington (DCA), Los Angeles and San Francisco. The codeshare also will operate on flights between Chicago (ORD) and Washington (DCA), Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston (IAH).
The new codeshare agreement will coincide with the launch by Etihad of its new service to Chicago at the beginning of September. Once the codeshare agreement is in effect, customers transferring between the two carriers will be able to purchase a single ticket for their journeys and will be able to check their luggage to their ultimate destinations.
American Airlines currently operates transatlantic services from New York to Barcelona, Brussels, Milan, London, Paris, Rome and Zurich; Chicago to Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Moscow, Delhi, Paris and Rome; Miami to London, Madrid and Paris; Dallas/Fort Worth to London, Madrid, Frankfurt and Paris; Los Angeles and Raleigh/Durham to London.
Etihad Airways currently operates to two destinations in North America: New York (JFK) and Toronto, Canada. The airline will begin service to Chicago on September 2. The route will be served initially three times a week and will increase to daily service on October 1.