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American Airlines Merger Partner US Airways Launches Codeshare Agreement With Joint Business Partner British Airways

May 8, 2014 Aviation No Comments Email Email

US Airways, part of American Airlines Group, today announces the launch of its codeshare agreement with trans-Atlantic joint business partner and fellow oneworld® member British Airways, further enhancing its relationship with the London-based carrier.

Beginning today, customers can book tickets on codeshare flights for travel beginning May 14.

Launched in a phased approach, the codeshare will initially cover nearly all of the two carriers’ trans-Atlantic flights. Customers will now have access to British Airways flights to London from 21 destinations in the United States, and British Airways will place its code on US Airways flights to Charlotte and Philadelphia from 17 destinations throughout Europe.

The remaining flights in the codeshare will be implemented in phases and will include British Airways routes from London to more than 70 destinations throughout EuropeAsia and the Middle East, and US Airways flights to nearly 40 destinations inNorth America and the Caribbean. Customers can expect to have access to all codeshare flights by the end of this summer.

“US Airways’ entry into the Atlantic Joint Business marked a crucial step in our overall integration process, and this codeshare agreement with our longtime partner British Airways is essential to the continued expansion of our combined networks,” saidKurt Stache, senior vice president – Alliances and Partnerships. “British Airways’ network out of London offers unparalleled access to key destinations in EuropeAsia and the Middle East, providing our customers another tangible benefit of both the joint business and our merger.”

“This is great news for our customers who now have even more flexibility and convenience when travelling between the United States and Europe,” said Sean Doyle, British Airways executive vice president – Americas. “This marks another key milestone in our joint business and with the addition of US Airways’ network, British Airways customers have greater opportunities to travel around the world.”

US Airways expects in the coming weeks to begin implementing codeshare agreements with the other member airlines in the trans-Atlantic joint business, Iberia and Finnair, providing customers easy access to the joint venture’s combined global network.

As part of the joint business relationship, members of the US Airways Dividend Miles and British Airways Executive Club frequent flyer programs are able to earn and redeem miles on flights operated by the other carrier, providing another valuable benefit to customers. In addition, customers will be able to earn miles when traveling on codeshare flights operated by the other airline.

US Airways joined the joint venture as an affiliate member earlier this year, and will remain as such until it fully integrates with American Airlines as part of their merger to create the largest airline in the world. More information about the trans-Atlantic joint business can be found at aa.com/moreeurope.

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