London, Tuesday, November 16, 1999: American Airlines and British Airways last night filed with the US Department of Transportation applications to code-share on flights serving some 75 destinations in the UK, USA, Europe and Africa, as part of their plans to develop a global marketing alliance.
For British Airways customers, it will make travel smoother to more than 30 destinations across the USA, with through ticketing and easier connections. For American Airlines’ passengers, it will provide excellent connections to destinations throughout the UK, Europe and Africa.
Under their plans, the BA code will be placed on flights operated by American Airlines, American Eagle and Business Express, serving 31 points across the USA, connecting with British Airways flights to and from New York JFK, Chicago,Dallas Ft Worth and Miami.
The AA prefix will be added to British Airways’ UK domestic flights serving nine UK regional destinations and on the airline’s flights serving almost 20 European cities, mainly in Germany and Scandinavia, and 14 points in Africa and Asia.
The two carriers also plan to code-share on their transatlantic flights serving the UK regions.
Bob Ayling, British Airways’ Chief Executive, said: “We have always said we are committed to developing our ties with American Airlines. This application is an example of how we can broaden and deepen our relationship within the existing bilateral agreement between the US and the UK. It will bring greater choice to customers of both airlines, and provide more competition to the other alliances.”
Don Carty, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Airlines, said: “In July we made a commitment to continue developing our alliance with British Airways in ways that would not require anti-trust immunity. Today we are making good that commitment.”