Bmi has formed a codeshare deal with Continental Airlines allowing it to sell tickets to US destinations served by the US carrier from five UK airports.
The move comes as as Continental becomes the 25th member of the Star Alliance.
The deal will mean bmi can sell tickets to Newark Liberty International Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport, in Houston, from Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Brussels.
Continental will be able to sell tickets on Bmi services connecting through the same set of UK destinations, as well as Belfast and Amman.
The airlines will announce additional codeshare destinations throughout the rest of the year.
Bmi sales and marketing director Katherine Gershon said:
“Our new codeshare agreement with Continental will mean our customers have the opportunity to travel on new services between our key departure points and the United States.
“Starting with Newark and Houston, we hope to extend our collaboration with Continental to other destinations in the Americas.”
Continental’s executive vice president marketing Jim Compton, said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with bmi, our new Star Alliance partner, which enables us to offer our customers an even greater range of travel options.”