American Airlines plans to launch service to new markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America in 2013. On February 14, American will also add four new domestic routes, through its regional-airline affiliates American Eagle and ExpressJet.

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Delta Air Lines plans to expand its international service and customer enhancements at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, offering benefits to its own and Alaska Airlines’ customers as a result of the alliance between the two carriers.

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From September 24, British Airways is placing its ‘BA’ flight code on select WestJet flights connecting from Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto to Ottawa in Ontario, Edmonton in Alberta, and Victoria in British Columbia.

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The agreement is effective immediately and is a preliminary step toward a full codesharing relationship, which the Canadian and Irish flag carriers expect to finalize next year.

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Etihad Airways is keen to expand its footprint in South America and is in discussions with South American-based carriers about potential commercial partnerships, according to James Hogan, the airline’s president and chief executive officer.

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American Airlines and Iberia Express, a low-cost subsidiary of American’s joint business partner Iberia, have received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to launch a codeshare agreement.

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American Airlines and Air Tahiti Nui have received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin a bilateral codeshare agreement.

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Airberlin and Finnair are extending their existing codeshare cooperation by expanding it to markets in the Nordic countries, Estonia, Denmark and the Middle East.

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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways and Ireland’s Aer Lingus have signed an interline and codeshare agreement following the UAE national airline’s recent purchase of a 2.987 per cent shareholding in the Irish carrier.

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The codeshare agreement allows China Eastern Airlines to market and distribute WestJet-operated flights by placing its ‘MU’ flight indicator on WestJet-operated flights within North America. Tickets are available for codeshare flights from July 1.

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The airlines will interline at JFK and LAX and expect to begin selling interline tickets this summer. Subject to government approval, Air China plans to enter into a codeshare with JetBlue this autumn and place its ‘CA’ flight designator on flights operated by JetBlue.

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Members of both carriers’ frequent flyer programs will be able to earn and redeem loyalty points or miles for travel on either airline. Travelers will also be able to connect between the two carriers to points throughout the East Coast and Hawaii, with the signing of a new codeshare agreement.

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American Airlines is resuming service between New York JFK and Tokyo’s near-downtown Haneda Airport on June 1. It briefly flew between JFK and Haneda from February 18, 2011, but suspended the service when demand for travel to Japan subsided following Japan’s March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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The codeshare agreement will allow Korean Air to market and distribute WestJet-operated flights by placing its ‘KE’ flight indicator on more than 70 flights within WestJet’s North American network.

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The carriers expect the partnership to lead to growth in existing air services between Singapore and Scandinavia, and, subject to market conditions at the appropriate time, pave the way for a new route between Singapore and Stockholm.

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The codesharing agreement begins on April 20. Customers can immediately make reservations with TAP Portugal and Finnair on the codeshare flights.

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From April 22, the codeshare agreement allows Japan Airlines to place its ‘JL’ flight code on select JetBlue Airways-operated flights which connect New York and Boston with 21 destinations in the U.S. JAL’s sales and reservations for the codeshare flights begin on April 18.

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AeroMexico has signed an agreement with Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines to codeshare on flights between Mexico City and São Paulo, as well as on connecting flights to domestic destinations in both Brazil and Mexico.

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American Airlines and British Airways have received approval from the Indian government to place American’s ‘AA’ flight code on British Airways’ flights from London to Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

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