American Airlines and US Airways announced Monday they will be offering customers improved access to the combined company’s global network through the first phase of a codeshare agreement through which passengers can book flights on both airlines’ networks through the codeshare for travel starting Jan. 23.
“This codeshare marks another step toward providing more convenient travel choices for customers, including service to more destinations, improved schedule options and a truly global network,” said Scott Kirby, president of American Airlines. “Implementing this codeshare so early in the integration process allows us to begin realizing significant revenue synergies, which are estimated to exceed $1 billion annually by 2015.”
Through the codeshare, each airline will sell tickets operated by the other carrier using its own code and flight number, and customers will be able to easily combine select flights operated by each airline on a single itinerary when booking travel on aa.com, usairways.com, or through other travel distribution channels.
In addition, customers connecting on codeshare flights can transfer bags when traveling on an itinerary that includes flights operated by both carriers. Launched in a phased approach, the codeshare seeks to provide a smooth travel experience while American and US Airways continue to operate as separate airlines during the merger integration.
The first phase of the codeshare will cover select American and US Airways flights and includes placing:
- The US Airways code on most American-operated flights between American’s hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York (JFK), and US Airways hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. (DCA).
- The American code on most US Airways-operated flights between US Airways’ hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and DCA and American’s hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and JFK.
- The American code on US Airways’ East Coast Shuttle service, which includes flights between Boston, New York (LGA) and DCA.
- The US Airways code on select American domestic flights from Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth, providing US Airways customers immediate access to small- and medium-size destinations currently served by American but not US Airways.
- The American and US Airways code on select international flights operated by the other carrier.
The two airlines are expected to extend the codeshare to include all flights within the combined network in the coming weeks, the carrier said.