Cathay Pacific Airways and American Airlines have signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement which they anticipate implementing this summer, pending governmental approval of the codeshare partnership.
The codeshare agreement involves Cathay Pacific placing its “CX” designator code on American`s US domestic services beyond Cathay Pacific`s US gateway cities, as well as flights between the United States and certain Latin American destinations. American would put its “AA” code on Cathay Pacific`s flights between the United States and Hong Kong, as well as on Cathay Pacific`s intra-Asian services to and from Hong Kong.
The current Hong Kong-US air transport agreement does not specifically authorise codesharing between US and Hong Kong carriers. The two governments recently held discussions regarding potential revisions to the agreement, and formal negotiations are scheduled to take place in Hong Kong this coming April.
“This agreement is good news for both Cathay Pacific and American Airlines customers,” said David Turnbull, Chief Executive for Cathay Pacific. “By partnering with a quality airline such as American Airlines, we can offer our passengers better customer service and more convenient connections on domestic services in the US beyond our existing gateways.”
Don Carty, American`s Chairman and CEO, also welcomed the development. “We have had a very successful frequent flyer programme relationship with Cathay Pacific for over 10 years, and that partnership has been enhanced further by both carriers` participation in the oneworld alliance,” he said. “We are hopeful that government negotiators will conclude a new air transport agreement between the US and Hong Kong so that our customers can benefit from expanded air travel opportunities.”
Both Cathay Pacific and American Airlines are founding members of oneworld along with British Airways, Canadian Airlines, and Qantas Airways. They were joined by Finnair and Iberia on 1 September 1999, with Aer Lingus and LanChile to follow later this year.