US Airways and bmi
announced today the expansion of the two carriers’ Star Alliance
relationship, with codeshare flights to destinations in the U.K.,
beginning Oct. 27, 2004. Customers can immediately make reservations on
these new flights. In the initial phase of the codeshare, US Airways’ code will be added on
bmi flights between Manchester, U.K., and both Edinburgh and Glasgow,
“Expanding our relationship with bmi is one of many benefits associated
with our membership in the Star Alliance, and gives us greater
international breadth,” said US Airways Senior Vice President of Alliances
N. Bruce Ashby. “This initial codeshare into Edinburgh and Glasgow will
augment our seasonal nonstop Philadelphia-Glasgow service with convenient,
year-round opportunities for our Dividend Miles members to earn and redeem
miles to Scotland.”
As a member of Star Alliance, Dividend Miles members can earn actual miles
or the minimum 500-mile credit when flying on qualifying paid bmi flights,
plus a 50 percent Class-of-Service Bonus when flying in Business Class.
All miles count toward earning Preferred status. In addition, US Airways
and bmi have reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, including lounge access.
In addition to the new codeshare destinations, customers of both airlines
will enjoy one- ticket itineraries and through baggage check.
Star Alliance was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline
alliance to offer customers global reach and a smooth travel experience.
Members are Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian,
bmi, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Singapore
Airlines, Spanair, Thai Airways International, United, US Airways and
VARIG Brazilian Airlines. South African Airways and TAP Air Portugal are
scheduled to join the alliance in 2005.