American Airlines and Qantas Airways today welcomed the U.S. Department of Transportation's final approval of the airlines' trans-Pacific joint business agreement (JBA), which will allow the carriers to coordinate services between the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
The authorization of the JBA will bring more travel choices and greater benefits to consumers and also maximize value for stakeholders in both airlines.
Customers can expect to benefit from better flight schedules, expanded codesharing, more coordinated services, and greater access to a wider variety of fares.
With all relevant regulatory approvals, both airlines can now begin working together on the following:
"The final approval by the DOT will allow American and Qantas to enhance customer service and travel options for our customers flying between North America and Australia and New Zealand," said Virasb Vahidi, American's Chief Commercial Officer. "Qantas is a long-standing and highly valued partner, and together we are supporting each other's strategic objectives by providing an unparalleled global network for our customers."
"The launch of Dallas/Fort Worth services has opened up unprecedented access to North America for Qantas customers through codeshares with American Airlines," said Rob Gurney, Group Executive Qantas Airlines Commercial. "With approval for our joint business agreement, both carriers can now work even more closely together on strategic initiatives that will benefit our customers in both markets."
In May 2011, Qantas began flying from Sydney to American's Dallas/Fort Worth hub as a key initiative for a deeper commercial relationship between the oneworld partners and the launch of the JBA. Qantas will increase its Sydney-Dallas/Fort Worth service to six frequencies per week in January 2012 and to daily in July 2012. Developing a strengthened alliance network based around major hub airports is a key aspect of the Qantas Group's 'gateway strategy' to revitalize its international operations.
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