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American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia Add Codeshares

December 17, 2010 By: Jena Tesse Fox

Starting December 20, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia are adding another 317 codeshare flights to their trans-Atlantic joint business between North America and Europe.

These new codeshare flights come in addition to the more than 2,700 codeshares that were introduced at the launch of the three airlines’ joint business in October 2010 between the UK and the U.S. and Spain and the U.S. This move will allow the carriers to begin codesharing on flights to Canada, Mexico and many cities across Europe.

Customers can visit any one of the airlines’ websites to mix and match their flights from across the three airlines’ schedules to suit their itinerary and pocket.

With today’s announcement, American will add its (AA*) code to an additional 57 British Airways flights to 16 destinations and four Iberia flights to two destinations. British Airways will add its (BA*) code to 42 additional American Airlines flights to 18 destinations and 56 Iberia flights to eight destinations. Iberia will add its (IB*) code to 72 American flights in 23 destinations and 86 British Airways flights to 24 destinations.

In total, as a result of the joint business, British Airways’ code will be published on more than 2,800 American and Iberia flights serving more than 366 destinations. American Airlines’ code will be displayed on more than 800 British Airways and Iberia flights to 174 destinations, and Iberia will publish its code on more than 90 British Airways and 264 American Airlines flights to 80 destinations. In all, the joint business will serve more than 400 destinations in over 100 countries with more than 5,200 daily flights.

These new codeshare flights will go on sale from December 20 with travel starting from December 28.

Members of the three airlines’ frequent flyer programs — American’s AAdvantage program, British Airways’ Executive Club and Iberia’s Plus — can earn and redeem points or miles on these new codeshare flights.

In addition, American, British Airways and Iberia announced five new routes beginning Spring 2011 as a benefit of the new joint business. They are: New York JFK-Budapest and Chicago-Helsinki (operated by American Airlines), London Heathrow-San Diego (operated by British Airways), plus Barcelona-Miami and Madrid-Los Angeles (operated by Iberia). Moreover, American will add frequencies from New York JFK to Barcelona and Miami to Madrid for already-existing service. These new frequencies also begin in Spring 2011.

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