American Airlines and British Airways have added more destinations to the
growing list of markets in which they codeshare, giving customers of both
airlines convenient access to additional points around the world.
The “AA” code will now appear on British Airways flights to 48 codeshare
destinations beyond London, including 38 points in Europe; six in the
Middle East; four in Africa; and on the New York-Manchester, England,
trans-Atlantic route. In all, 59 British Airways routes will have American
Airlines codeshare service.
British Airways, for its part, has added 26 additional U.S. destinations
to its network by placing its “BA” code on more of American’s flights
within the United States and Latin America. With this latest addition, BA
will have codeshare service on 90 American Airlines routes.
This past weekend, the carriers loaded schedules into computerized
reservation systems for the new codeshare routes. Travel in the new
markets can begin on Feb. 18.
In this latest phase, American has added a number of codeshare
destinations in Europe that will connect via London’s Gatwick Airport,
complementing existing codeshare connecting service via London’s Heathrow
Airport. Additionally, American is adding several new codeshare
destinations via Heathrow, including Aberdeen and Newcastle in the United
Kingdom; Lyon, France; and Bucharest, Romania.
New British Airways codeshare destinations include Colorado Springs,
Colo.; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Syracuse, N.Y.; and Wichita
Falls, Texas. Additionally, BA will codeshare on American’s flights
between Miami and Houston and Chicago to both Orlando, Fla., and Detroit.
American Airlines and British Airways are founding members of oneworld,
the world’s most international global alliance, serving more than 570
destination cities in 136 countries. The oneworld global alliance includes
Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, LanChile and Qantas Airlines.
Swiss International Air Lines is scheduled to become the alliance’s ninth
member later this year.
American Airlines and British Airways have had a marketing agreement in
place allowing the two airlines’ customers to earn and redeem
frequent-flyer points. American and British Airways first approached the
U.S. Department of Transportation in 1996 for an alliance agreement that
would require antitrust immunity. Through a series of regulatory
proceedings, American and British Airways agreed to seek a codeshare that
does not require antitrust immunity. The carriers began implementing their
codeshare agreement in September 2003.