American and Alaska Begin Codeshare Expansion

  American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and its affiliate, Horizon Air, today
begin operating the first flights under their expanded marketing
cooperation and codeshare relationship.
Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air flights operating between Los Angeles-
Portland, Ore.; Los Angeles-Seattle; Seattle-Anchorage, Alaska; and
Seattle- Spokane, Wash. will be the first to carry the AA* code when they
depart today. Additional markets will be added in the coming weeks, and by
the end of May, approximately 450 flights flown by Alaska and Horizon will
carry American’s code.

In addition, beginning Feb. 15, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air customers
will be able to purchase seats under the Alaska code on American-operated
flights between Los Angeles and the following points: Austin, Texas; Fort
Lauderdale, Fla.; Newark, N.J.; New York’s Kennedy Airport; St. Louis;
Washington’s Dulles Airport; Honolulu, Kona, Lihue and Maui in Hawaii; and
between Seattle and St. Louis. Ultimately, Alaska’s code will be placed on
more than 1,000 flights operated by American Airlines and American Eagle.

The expanded codeshare relationship offers customers of American, Alaska
and Horizon convenient access to many more destinations. In the case of
American, 30 new destinations will become available to its customers once
the codeshare is fully implemented later this year, while at Alaska more
than 100 new destinations are being added to its route system.

“We’re excited to bring more new destinations to our customers,” said
Henry Joyner, American’s senior vice president-Planning. “These additional
destinations will help both business and leisure customers more
conveniently fly American. One of the things our customers value about
American Airlines is the breadth of our route network. With the launch of
our expanded codeshare with Alaska, an already exceptional route structure
will get even better.”

In addition, on May 1, American will add a sixth daily Chicago O’Hare-
Seattle flight. And on June 10, American will add a sixth daily
Dallas/Fort Worth-Portland flight, a 10th Dallas/Fort Worth-Seattle trip,
a third Chicago O’Hare-Portland flight, a second Boston-Seattle flight,
and an eighth Los Angeles-San Francisco flight. That’s a total of six new
round trips for the summer.


“When we announced the Alaska codeshare, it was clear that we would gain
revenue from some markets that American could never afford to serve on its
own,” said Joyner. “But we also anticipated that feed from Alaska and
Horizon flights would enhance our ability to add AA flights in some of the
markets that we already served. That’s exactly what we’re seeing with
these six flights.”

“For Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air customers, our expanded partnership
with American Airlines is all about more destinations, more frequency and
more choice of service than ever before,” said Gregg Saretsky, executive
vice president-Marketing and Planning for Alaska. “It benefits passengers
by providing a broader range of travel options and strengthens three great
carriers with a shared commitment to customer service.”

Alaska and Horizon flights to carry the “AA” code operate within the
western United States and Pacific Northwest, as well as between select
transcontinental routes. Alaska is placing its code on flights operated by
American in the western U.S. mainland and to and from Hawaii; on select
American transcontinental flights; on American’s services from the West
Coast to AA’s mid-continent hubs; and on select flights beyond AA hubs.

In addition to an expanded route network, customers of both airlines will
benefit as the carriers work to co-locate their facilities at airports
wherever possible, which will make the travel experience easier and more

American, Alaska, and Horizon customers will also continue to earn and
redeem frequent flyer miles on each other, something they have done since

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