Aer Lingus And British Airways Begin Code Sharing

Aer Lingus new codesharing agreement with British Airways becomes effective on March 26th This is a key element of a co-operative agreement between the two airlines, signed last November. This agreement also provides access to airport lounges of both airlines for business class customers flying on the new code-share routes, smoother transfers for customers interchanging between the two airlines and strong links between the Aer Lingus and British Airways frequent flyer programmes.

Customers of both airlines` frequent flyer schemes will benefit from a new reciprocal arrangement linking the respective programmes, also from March 26th. From this date, Aer Lingus` TAB and Gold Circle Club members will be able to earn TAB points on British Airways services and redeem points for travel on British Airways. Similarly British Airways Executive Club members will be able to earn and redeem on Aer Lingus services. This reciprocal agreement will significantly expand the scope of the TAB programme allowing Aer Lingus customers to benefit from the global scale available through British Airways` vast network.

The code-share agreement will provide easier access for Irish customers to a range of British Airways` destinations across the world. Aer Lingus will place its designator code on British Airways services between Heathrow and Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Copenhagen, Munich, Nice, Prague, Venice and Vienna. British Airways will place its flight codes on Aer Lingus services between Dublin and Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. Additionally the British Airways flight code will be placed on flights between Birmingham and Cork. The Aer Lingus flight code will also be added to CityFlyer Express services between Gatwick and Dublin.

Larry Stanley, Aer Lingus` Group Chief Executive said the airline was delighted to form a new partnership with British Airways. “Our respective companies have built quality brands based on strong customer values”, he said. “We look forward to working with British Airways and to building jointly on those values to provide better services for all our customers”, he added.

David Noyes, British Airways` Director of Alliances, said “We are very pleased to build on our long-standing and successful relationship with Aer Lingus to the benefit of our customers and both companies. Our two airlines have a great deal in common with strategies built on providing quality services”.