2008-08-18 - American BA IberiaAmerican Airlines, British Airways, and Iberia sign agreement

Verstärkte Zusammenarbeit vereinbart<br /> American Airlines, British Airways , and Iberia have signed a joint business agreement on flights between North America and Europe and plan to expand their global cooperation. This relationship will benefit consumers by providing easy, seamless and convenient travel to more global destinations with better connections, improved flight schedules, and enhanced frequent flyer benefits.

It will improve customer choice by enabling the oneworld global alliance, of which American, British Airways, and Iberia are key members, to compete more effectively around the world with other global alliances. The airlines plan to file for worldwide antitrust immunity from the U.S. Department of Transportation and will notify the appropriate regulatory authorities in the European Union. In addition, fellow oneworld members Finnair and Royal Jordanian are included in the antitrust immunity application.
Under the joint business agreement, the three airlines will cooperate commercially on flights between the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and the European Union, Switzerland, and Norway while continuing to operate as separate legal entities. They will expand their codeshare arrangements on flights within and beyond the EU and U.S., significantly increasing the number of destination choices that the airlines can offer customers. The announcement is a significant step towards strengthening customer choice. This agreement will enable oneworld to compete effectively with rival global air alliances that have already received transatlantic antitrust immunity. Currently, six airlines in SkyTeam and nine Star Alliance airlines have such immunity.

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