Continental, Alitalia expand codeshare

Continental Airlines and Alitalia are expanding codesharing to provide better service to passengers who transfer between the two carriers traveling between Italy and Canada and Mexico. Effective immediately, Alitalia has placed its code (AZ*) on Continental flights between New York/Newark and four new destinations—Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa and Mexico City.

These flights will connect with Alitalia’s daily non- stop services between both Rome and Milan and New York/Newark.

Currently, Continental and Alitalia codeshare on flights between the U.S. and Italy. Earlier this year, Continental placed its code (CO*) on Alitalia flights operating between Rome/Milan and 16 destinations in Italy. Alitalia placed its code (AZ*) on Continental flights between New York/Newark and 11 destinations in the U.S.

Codesharing improves airline service by simplifying the booking process with electronic ticketing and communication of itinerary information between airlines. Customers traveling on connecting CO/AZ itineraries are able to have single check-in for all flights, including the issuance of boarding passes and checked baggage to their final destination.

Continental and Alitalia already have airport lounge and frequent flyer reciprocity under the SkyTeam alliance. Members of the two airlines’ frequent flyer programs, Continental’s OnePass and Alitalia’s MilleMiglia, can earn and redeem miles on all flights operated by the other carrier. Indeed, travelers on any SkyTeam airline earn mileage in their frequent flyer account regardless of which member airline they fly.