Airlines, British Airways and Iberia have announced they will form a new
Business that will operate on transatlantic routes.
trilateral relationship will see the following 4 initial routes kick off from
- New York JFK-Budapest and
Chicago-Helsinki (operated by American)
- London Heathrow-San Diego
(operated by British Airways)
- Madrid-Los Angeles (operated by
The full media release from
British Airways can be read below:
AMERICAN AIRLINES, BRITISH
AIRWAYS AND IBERIA
ANNOUNCE BETTER DEAL FOR TRANSATLANTIC FLIERS
LONDON, OCTOBER 6, 2010. More access to cheaper fares, bigger choice of
flight times and easier connecting journeys will become reality for
transatlantic fliers with the launch of the new joint business between American
Airlines, British Airways and Iberia.
The CEOs of the three oneworld® airlines met in London today for the
official start of the new trilateral relationship, which enables oneworld
to compete far more effectively with other global alliances on routes between
Europe and North America.
American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia announced today four new routes
that will start from next April as an early benefit of the new joint business.
They are: New York JFK-Budapest and Chicago-Helsinki (operated by American),
London Heathrow-San Diego (operated by British Airways) and Madrid-Los Angeles
(operated by Iberia).
The airlines have also placed codeshares on a significant number of additional
routes, greatly increasing the number of destination choices available to
customers. American will add its code to 322 British Airways and Iberia
flights serving 101 destinations, British Airways will add its code to 2063
American and Iberia flights serving 181 destinations and Iberia will add its
code to 354 American and British Airways flights serving 96 destinations. There
will be further opportunities to increase codeshares in the future. In total,
customers will be able to travel more easily on the airlines’ combined route
network which will serve more than 400 destinations in 105 countries with
around 5,200 daily departures.
Other customer benefits include:
access to a wider choice of fares
schedules on joint routes to provide customers with better flight choice and
support teams for customers transferring at five of the airlines’ hubs: New
York JFK, London Heathrow, Madrid, Chicago and Miami.
- Online check
in and boarding pass printing with either the airline operating the flight, or
the one the ticket was booked through
online flight information on all three airlines’ websites
opportunity to earn and redeem frequent flyer benefits on transatlantic flights
integrated account management for corporate customers
Gerard Arpey, chairman and chief
executive of AMR Corp, the parent company of American Airlines, said: “We’ve been waiting for 14 years to be able
to bring these benefits to our customers and it’s great news that we can now
put our plans into action. Our revenue-sharing partnership will further boost oneworld,
in what has been a momentous year for the alliance, and enable us to reduce
costs and attract new business. It will provide additional stability for the
airlines and our customers, employees and shareholders and allow us to invest
in new products and services”.
Willie Walsh, chief executive of British
Airways, said: “Today’s route announcement
is a great example of how by working together we can benefit customers.
Combined selling and scheduling means that we will able to operate routes that
would not have been viable for us to operate individually. This partnership
will provide a one-stop shop for transatlantic travel regardless of how you
book, which of our airlines you fly with or where you want to transfer”.
Antonio Vazquez, chairman and chief
executive of Iberia, said: “The
growth potential of our joint business and the extra capacity Madrid offers
will enable Barajas airport to become one of the main gateways for flights
between North America and Europe in the very near future. So we will be
offering our customers more travel choices, but we will also offer them a
better travel experience. Our employees have an essential role in this aim.
Around 12,000 employees of the three companies at airports and call centres
have been trained to ensure that all these benefits are delivered to our