FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia, members of the oneworld® alliance, announced today the expansion to the number of routes on which the airlines will codeshare between North America and Europe.
These new codeshare flights offer passengers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, and many other European countries easier access to more choices and better connections to flights across the Atlantic. The first sales date of the expanded codeshare cooperation is December 20, with most travel beginning on December 28.
With today’s announcement, American will add its (AA*) code to an additional 57 British Airways flights to 16 markets and 4 Iberia flights to 2 markets. British Airways will add its (BA*) code to 42 additional American Airlines flights to 18 markets and 56 Iberia flights to 8 markets. Iberia will add its (IB*) code to 72 American flights in 23 markets, and 86 British Airways flights to 24 markets. In total, it adds up to 317 new codeshare routes.
As a result of the joint business, British Airways code will be published on over 2,800 American and Iberia flights serving more than 336 destinations. American Airlines code will be displayed on over 800 British Airways and Iberia flights to 174 destinations, and Iberia will publish its code on more than 350 British Airways and American Airlines flights to 80 destinations. All together, the joint business will serve more than 400 destinations in over 100 countries with approximately 5,200 daily departures.
Members of the three airlines’ frequent flyer programs – Iberia’s Plus, American Airlines AAdvantage® program, and British Airways Executive Club – can earn points or miles on the new codeshare flights, providing customers with the benefits of the enhanced relationship.
“Today’s announcement continues to demonstrate how our stronger relationship with our oneworld partners delivers value to our customers,” said Virasb Vahidi, American’s Chief Commercial Officer. “Expanded codesharing makes it easier and more convenient for our respective customers to travel on the global networks of all three airlines and delivers on our promise of more choices, easier connections, and a better overall travel experience.”
Andrew Crawley, British Airways commercial director, said: “When we launched the joint business in October, we said that we would be rolling out more benefits to customers and this introduction of more codeshare flights across our three airlines is exactly that. The feedback we’re getting from customers is very positive already, and we will continue to align our policies in order to bring them even more benefits.”
Manuel Lopez Aguilar, Iberia general director, Commercial and Clients, said: “The expanded codesharing that will be in place before the end of the year is another benefit for our customers; this has to be added to the new routes that we will be launching from next spring, which in the case of Iberia are Madrid-Los Angeles and Barcelona-Miami. We could not operate these new routes without the joint business.”