US Airways Joins Merger Partner American Airlines In Trans-Atlantic Joint
Business With British Airways, Iberia And Finnair
FORT WORTH, Texas, April 3, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --American Airlines, British
Airways, Iberia and Finnair today celebrate a key milestone as US Airways
joins the airlines' trans-Atlantic joint venture. As part of the joint
business, established by American, British Airways and Iberia in October 2010,
the airlines can cooperate commercially on trans-Atlantic flights. The joint
venture also includes a revenue sharing agreement in which member airlines
have permission to coordinate schedules and pricing on North Atlantic routes.
These benefits provide customers traveling between North America and Europe
increased choices and access to a more comprehensive network.
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US Airways brings 28 trans-Atlantic routes to the joint business including
nonstop service from the United States to 18 European destinations including
Munich, Athens and Amsterdam. Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C., will become
oneworld's largest East Coast gateways to Europe providing customers access to
more than 100 destinations throughout North America with one-stop connections
from these two airports. With combined operations, the joint business will
serve 29 destinations in North America and 25 destinations in Europe,
operating nearly 100 routes between the two regions.
Enhanced benefits for customers of the five airlines include:
oCoordinated schedules on joint business routes, providing customers with
better flight choices and more convenient schedules
oDedicated support teams for customers connecting at nine of the airlines'
hubs: Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, London Heathrow, Los Angeles,
Madrid, Miami, New York's JFK and Philadelphia
oOnline check-in and boarding pass printing with either the airline
operating the flight, or the website of the airline used to book travel
oLounge access and priority baggage privileges for loyalty program members
oIncreased opportunities to earn and redeem frequent flyer benefits on
oMore attractive corporate sales programs
US Airways will join the joint business as an affiliate member until it fully
integrates operations with American Airlines as part of their merger to create
the largest airline in the world.
US Airways also plans to implement extensive codeshare agreements with the
other carriers in the coming weeks, providing easy access to the joint
business' combined global network.
"Bringing US Airways into the joint business network is an important step for
us as we continue to advance our collaboration with alliance partners to
increase growth, market share and competition," said Doug Parker, chief
executive officer – American Airlines. "Joining our entire merged company into
this agreement creates a stronger and more competitive joint business, and
will provide faster and easier connections for customers on hundreds of
flights between North America and Europe."
"The inclusion of US Airways will not only expand the network of our
trans-Atlantic family, it will also broaden the appeal of our services to new
and existing customers who will have even more flexibility, added convenience
and improved rewards when traveling between Europe and North America," said
Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive. "This expanded partnership complements the
recent inclusion of Finnair into the joint business between British Airways
and Japan Airlines. It has never been a better time to plan your journey
across the globe."
"We at Finnair are very pleased to welcome US Airways into the trans-Atlantic
joint business, which creates even more possibilities for Finns and others in
Scandinavia and the Baltic Rim to connect seamlessly to dozens of destinations
in North America," said Pekka Vauramo, Finnair CEO. "Thanks to our
participation in joint businesses with our oneworld partners, Finland has
never been more accessible and open for business to global travelers. We
welcome and invite all to come and discover our corner of the world."
About American Airlines Group
American Airlines Group (NASDAQ: AAL) is the holding company for American
Airlines and US Airways. Together with American Eagle and US Airways Express,
the airlines operate an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to 339
destinations in 54 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort
Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington,
D.C. The American Airlines AAdvantage and US Airways Dividend Miles programs
allow members to earn and redeem miles for travel and everyday purchases as
well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other
retail products. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance,
whose members and members-elect serve 981 destinations with 14,244 daily
flights to 151 countries. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at
Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines, and follow US Airways on Twitter @USAirwaysand
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