Significant expansion of code-sharing agreed between oneworld members05 June 2002
Hong Kong: A significant expansion of code-sharing has been set in place between the members of oneworld™ - the global airline alliance comprising Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, LanChile and Qantas.
These latest developments will make it easier for passengers to travel across the alliance's combined network – which covers 135 countries and territories, more than any other global alliance, and serves 571 destinations - and help generate additional revenue for the carriers involved.
They are announced as the Chief Executives of the alliance meet in Hong Kong for their latest oneworld Governing Board. In these newest steps:
- British Airways and Finnair are adding another nine routes to the network already covered by their code-sharing agreement, with immediate effect. It means the BA code will now be carried on 273 Finnair flights a week on 28 routes serving 14 destinations, with the AY code on 345 BA services a week on 29 routes serving 15 destinations. In today's expansion, Finnair's AY code will be added to British Airways flights to another four longhaul destinations – between London Heathrow and Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, and to Montreal and Vancouver in Canada. A second daily BA Toronto service will also now carry Finnair's code. In the UK regions, the AY code will be added on British Airways flights between Manchester and both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The new flights involved provide excellent connections to services to and from Helsinki and/or Stockholm. The BA code will also be added to Finnair flights between its Helsinki hub and Gothenburg and Oslo, where they connect with British Airways franchisee Sunair's Billund hub.
- Finnair and Iberia are expanding their code-sharing to another two routes with immediate effect. In today's expansion, Finnair's AY code will be added to Iberia flights between Barcelona and both Alicante and Malaga, offering excellent connections over Barcelona to Helsinki. The IB prefix will be placed on Finnair flights beyond Helsinki to Oulu, Kuopio and Vaasa, with excellent connections over the Finnish capital to Iberia services to and from Madrid. It means the AY code will now be carried on 56 Iberia flights a week on four routes serving five destinations, with the IB code on 82 Finnair services a week on six routes serving seven destinations.
- American Airlines and LanChile have added another five US destinations to the network served under their code-sharing agreement, with the LA code placed last month on AA flights between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, San Diego and San Jose. LanChile flies daily services between Los Angeles and Santiago. The two airlines already code-share on a total of 26 other routes. LanChile code-shares on AA flights to 16 US domestic and four international destinations and American code-shares on LanChile's flights to three international and three domestic destinations.
- American Airlines and Qantas have increased the number of their joint services by around 50 per cent, by increasing the frequencies of AA-operated code-shared flights between their Los Angeles hub and New York JFK, Newark, San Francisco and Las Vegas. The QF code is also placed on AA flights at Los Angeles serving Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Oakland, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Toronto and Washington, and between Honolulu and Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco and San Jose. In reverse, American Airlines code-shares on 115 Qantas services a week to nine destinations, from the USA to Australia, on trans-Tasman services, within New Zealand and to Australian cities.
- Finnair and Qantas have increased the frequency of their code-sharing on one another's services from their Helsinki and Sydney hubs, connecting at Bangkok, to provide daily connections.
- Qantas will code-share on LanChile's new services between Santiago and Sydney, via Auckland – the first direct flights between the two oneworld members' hubs – when they take-off on 1 July, with code-shared LanChile flights onwards to points in Argentina and Brazil, including Buenos Aires. These new services replace Qantas' own flights between Sydney and Buenos Aires, but with increased frequencies between Australia and South America.
Further expansion of code-sharing between oneworld members is expected to be announced soon, as part of their strategy to accelerate deepening the levels of co-operation between them to deliver more benefits for customers and shareholders.
In other significant recent developments between oneworld members:
- American Airlines and Finnair have applied to the US Department of Transportation for anti-trust immunity, enabling them to work more closely still across the Atlantic.
- Aer Lingus has moved alongside British Airways at London Gatwick. The Irish carrier transferred its operations from the South to the North Terminal last month. Aer Lingus already shares the same terminal as British Airways at London Heathrow – Terminal 1.