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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On February 8 Japan Airlines submitted an application to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism seeking antitrust immunity to co-operate on flights between the EU and Japan with British Airways. Meanwhile, IAG is in contact with the European Union to seek antitrust immunity

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On the same day that oneworld member Malèv Hungarian Airlines suspended operations, oneworld and Kingfisher Airlines have agreed to put the Indian carrier’s entry into the alliance on hold to give it time to strengthen its financial position.

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Air Berlin will officially become a full member of the oneworld alliance on Tuesday, March 20, adding Europe’s sixth-largest carrier to the alliance. Austrian airline Niki, also a member of the Air Berlin group, will join oneworld at the same time as an affiliate member.

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American Airlines will expand its operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) with the launch of Miami-Barcelona service on April 3. The flight will operate five times a week until June 14, when American Airlines will start operating it daily. From March 25, oneworld partner Iberia will operate a second Miami-Madrid flight four days a week.

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Ticket sales under the codeshare agreement have now begun and codeshare travel begins on January 9.

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Assuming it survives its current financial difficulties, Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines will become part of the oneworld global airline alliance with effect from February 10, 2012.

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The shared lounge at Honolulu International Airport is the two oneworld carriers’ first joint lounge since gaining antitrust immunity and becoming partners in a transpacific joint business in 2010.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded final approval for the planned transpacific joint business agreement between American Airlines and Qantas Airways. DOT approval represented the final regulatory hurdle the two carriers had to overcome to be able to establish the JBA.

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American Airlines and oneworld alliance member-elect Airberlin are expanding their current relationship by allowing customers to earn AAdvantage miles when flying to Germany and beyond on Airberlin.

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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.

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With the addition of this new flight, the codeshare agreement between American and Air Berlin now encompasses the entire U.S. network of the second-largest German carrier.

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The carrier has unanimously been elected a oneworld member-designate by the chief executives of the alliance’s member airlines at a meeting on the sidelines of IATA’s 2011 World Air Transport Summit, which opens in Singapore on June 6.

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The airline says it plans to operate the “highly anticipated” Boeing 787-8 configured with business and economy class seating on the route, making Boston the first destination named by JAL to be served by its Dreamliners.

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American Airlines has launched daily New York-Budapest service, becoming the only airline to offer year-round nonstop service between the two cities.

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From February 24, Japan Airlines is codesharing on flights operated by Iberia between Madrid and two of JAL’s destinations in Europe, London Heathrow and Frankfurt.

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Both airlines’ inaugural services from the Japanese capital’s newly expanded gateway departed within minutes of one another on the morning of February 20, local time.

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Australia’s Jetstar is to participate in some of the most popular fares offered by the oneworld alliance, extending the alliance’s coverage of Australasia. It is the first time that any carrier not a oneworld member will be involved in oneworld’s mainstream fare packages.

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Just two months after the U.S. Department of Transportation followed the Japanese government in granting final approval for a joint transpacific business involving American Airlines and Japan Airlines, the two carriers announce they have agreed to launch their joint business on April 1.

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