Aer Lingus today commences its new codesharing agreement with oneworld alliance partner American Airlines. From today, Aer Lingus flights between Ireland and New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles will also be listed on computer systems worldwide as American Airlines flights.
This agreement will give Aer Lingus flights greater prominence on the vast American Airlines distribution network worldwide. It will open up new tourist markets with passengers booking on American Airlines internal US flights and connecting onto the new American Airlines codeshare flights directly to Ireland, boosting tourism traffic in the Irish marketplace.
This codeshare agreement will allow the 35 million members of the American Airlines AADVANTAGE travel awards programme to be ticketed straight through to Ireland on their reward tickets.
Aer Lingus Acting Group Chief Executive, Larry Stanley, welcoming the commencement of this codeshare agreement said that it would open up significant opportunities for the customers of Aer Lingus and American Airlines and for the economies of Ireland and the United States. “It will have the effect of introducing a new major US airline into the Irish market through Shannon and Dublin and will give Aer Lingus customers convenient access to the vast global network of American Airlines”.
Through their respective membership of the oneworld alliance, customers of both airlines will benefit from a seamless service with oneworld staff trained and equipped to assist customers of all member airlines throughout the oneworld network. Members of both airlines` frequent flyer programmes can earn and redeem miles on any of the alliance carriers and will have access to over 340 member airlines` lounges for eligible frequent flyer club members.