PHOENIX, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/—America West Airlines (NYSE: AWA) and British Airways today announced the renewal of their existing codeshare arrangement and the addition of Phoenix - Sacramento service to the agreement, which has been in place for six years. The British Airways flight code, BA, will now be added to America West flights in the market, which expands the codeshare to include a total of 14 destinations.
“British Airways is a valued partner. We`re thrilled to be renewing this very successful alliance which gives our customers seamless service to many of the most popular destinations throughout Europe,” said Dion Flannery, vice president, route planning and scheduling, America West Airlines. “And we welcome British Airways` customers to another America West destination.”
“By codesharing on these flights, British Airways is offering its customers an even greater choice of travel destinations, smoother transfers and the ability to earn frequent flyer miles,” said David Noyes, executive vice president, sales and marketing North America for British Airways. “America West is one of British Airways oldest codeshare partners and the partnership greatly extends British Airways network within the western US.”
The two airlines currently codeshare on the following routes: Los Angeles and San Francisco to Las Vegas; Phoenix to Tucson, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Albuquerque and Reno; as well as seven cities in California—Burbank, Oakland, Ontario, Orange County, San Jose, Long Beach and now, Sacramento.
Codesharing allows a carrier to sell the flights offered by another carrier as its own by attaching its two-letter booking code to the other carrier`s flights. This provides customers additional travel options and convenient access to the flights through worldwide computer reservation systems. Codesharing allows passengers to check their luggage to their final destination and receive boarding passes on both airlines for their entire itinerary.
Frequent flyers on both airlines reap significant benefits from this partnership. British Airways Executive Club members can earn and redeem frequent flyer miles on America West`s network of 92 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. America West`s FlightFund members may earn and redeem miles on any qualifying British Airways flight across Europe.
Travel arrangements can be made by contacting British Airways at 1-800-AIRWAYS. For additional information or travel arrangements, passengers may call America West at 1-800-2-FLY-AWA (1-800-235-9292).
British Airways, Britain`s flagship carrier, is one of the world`s largest international passenger airlines and renowned as an industry leader with a strong reputation for quality of service, comfort and innovation. Further information on flight schedules and fares to Britain and destinations beyond from 23 destinations in North America is available by visiting the airline`s website at www.britishairways.com .
America West Airlines is the largest low-fare, hub-and-spoke airline in the United States. Founded in 1983, it is the only carrier formed since deregulation to achieve major airline status. Today, America West is the nation`s eighth-largest carrier and serves 92 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. America West is a wholly owned subsidiary of America West Holdings Corporation, an aviation and travel services company with 2001 sales of $2.1 billion.