Entries in codeshare (21)

Wednesday
Jun292011

Vueling starts Madrid-Mykonos seasonal non-stop route

The Barcelona-based regional carrier Vueling Airlines will start a new seasonal route Friday.  It will run between Barajas Airport in Madrid (IATA: MAD; ICAO: LEMD) and Mykonos Island National Airport (IATA: JMK; ICAO: LGMK) on the Greek Cycladic island of Mykonos.  The route will run in both directions on Monday, Friday, and Sunday until July 28, when it will begin to run on Thursday as well.  As of this posting, travelers can fly this route on these four days of the week, until September 11.  This may be when Vueling intends to discontinue the seasonal route, but that is unconfirmed.  Results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights show that Vueling has a codeshare agreement with the Spanish airline Iberia along this route.  The same source shows that the route will be operated with the Airbus A320-100 and A320-200.

Also, the Jakarta-based carrier Lion Air has commenced service between its hub at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (IATA: CGK; ICAO: WIII) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (IATA: KUL; ICAO: WMKK) near the Malaysian capital.

Lion Air will face a great deal of competition along this route, as no less than five other airlines fly it daily, according to Kayak.  Notwithstanding that, presumably each of Lion Air's flights is filled to capacity, as the company's English motto is "We make people fly."  Our editors are curious as to the ways in which this motto is implemented in the day-to-day activities of the airline.

In any case, Alitalia is indefinitely shelving its Turin-Berlin (Tegel) route, effective tomorrow.  Also, the British budget carrier EasyJet is discontinuing its Berlin (Schönefeld)-Gothenburg route tomorrow as well.

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Wednesday
Jun292011

US Airways and Aegean Airlines plan a codeshare agreement

US Airways and Aegean Airlines have announced they plan to codeshare on certain flights between the United States and Greece.  The proposed codeshare is focused on the American city of Philadelphia, where US Airways has a hub, and the Greek capital city of Athens, very near where Aegean Airways has its headquarters.  According to a recent press release from both airlines, US Airways travelers will be able to fly the seasonal route between Philadelphia International Airport (IATA: PHL; ICAO: KPHL) and Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (IATA: ATH; ICAO: LGAV) in Athens, and have access to much of the domestic network of Aegean Airlines.

US Airways travelers will also have the option to fly from Philadelphia to London's Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL), Munich's Franz Josef Strauss Airport (IATA: MUC; ICAO: EDDM), or Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport (IATA: FCO; ICAO: LIRF) on US Airways, then onward to Athens or Thessaloniki (IATA: SKG; ICAO: LGTS) on Aegean Airlines.

Aegean Airlines travelers will be able to fly the seasonal route to Philadelphia from Athens, and then have access to the entire American network of US Airways from Philadelphia.  (It was not indicated that US Airways' American network would be part of the codeshare.)

The proposed agreement is still subject to both United States Department of Transportation (DOT) approval, and approval by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, and Networks in the Hellenic Republic.  Both airlines are members of the Star Alliance.

original stories

US Airways and Aegean Airlines Announce New Codeshare (US Airways)

US Airways and Aegean Airlines Announce New Codeshare Agreement (Aegean Airlines)

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Tuesday
Jun212011

American Airlines, Air Berlin expand already-existing codeshare

Air Berlin's recently-added non-stop flights between Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) in Berlin, and Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in New York, are now part of the codeshare agreement in force between Air Berlin and American Airlines since late last year.  The arrangement allows American Airlines customers in the United States to access the Berlin-New York and Düsseldorf-New York non-stops operated year-round by Air Berlin, on the American Airlines website.  The Berlin-New York round trip operates four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  The Düsseldorf-New York round trip operates daily between late June and late October.  Both routes are flown with the Airbus A330-200.

High-ranking representatives of both airlines expressed enthusiasm for the newly expanded codeshare.  Air Berlin's Chief Financial Officer Ulf Hüttmeyer, identified the United States as a "growing market" for Air Berlin, and expressed eagerness to "[sign] more codeshares [with American Airlines] in the future."   According to American Airlines, global distribution systems "will display the [codeshare] flights...for travel starting this Friday, June 24."

American Airlines is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance.  Air Berlin is expected to join the alliance in 2012.  Its sponsoring member is British Airways.

Also, this coming Saturday, Air Berlin, along with Berlin Airports and Boeing, will host a ceremony for the German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Air Berlin boasts that it will be the first airline based in Germany to receive a shipment of the Boeing 787.  Air Berlin flies a fleet of 147 aircraft, comprised of 74 Airbus models, 63 Boeing models, and 10 Bombardier models.  It was founded in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA.  It relocated to Berlin in 1985.  Air Berlin operates a semi-low-cost business model.

related stories

Air Berlin will commence year-round JFK routes this coming fall (February 3, 2011)

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect (November 8, 2010)

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American (July 29, 2010)

original stories

airberlin and American Airlines expand codeshare agreement (Air Berlin)

American Airlines and airberlin Expand Codeshare Agreement (American Airlines)

airberlin: German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Air Berlin)

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Saturday
Jun182011

Delta Air Lines codeshare with Air Nigeria update

The codeshare agreement recently negotiated by Delta Air Lines and Air Nigeria is being gradually rolled out over the next few weeks.  The codeshare will be one-way, and will be very limited in scope, extending to only two round-trip routes, both operated by Delta.  Earlier this week, one of those routes went into effect, according to press releases from both airlines.  That route is Delta's round trip between its hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (IATA: ATL; ICAO: KATL) in Atlanta and Murtala Muhammed International Airport (IATA: LOS; ICAO: DNMM) in Lagos, the largest Nigerian city.  On July 4 this year, Delta's round trip between Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in New York and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (IATA: ABV; ICAO: DNAA) in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, will become part of the codeshare.

High-ranking representatives of both airlines were happy with the agreement.  Kinfe Kahssaye, CEO of Air Nigeria, praised the agreement as an important step toward positioning Nigeria as the primary African gateway between Africa and North America.  Delta's senior Vice President for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Perry Cantarutti, said that Africa is "an important part of Delta's international network strategy."  Delta is the only United States-based airline with two Nigerian destinations in its network.

Negotiations between venture capitalist Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and the Nigerian government produced Virgin Nigeria Airways in 2004.  Virgin Nigeria Airways commenced operations in 2005, using the aforementioned Murtala Muhammed International Airport as its main hub.  In late 2009, Virgin Nigeria Airways rebranded itself as Nigerian Eagle Airlines.  Then in 2010, it rebranded itself again, as Air Nigeria, following acquisition by new owner Jimoh Ibrahim.

Delta Air Lines was founded as Huff Daland Dusters (a crop dusting company) in Louisiana in 1924.  It changed its name to Delta Air Service, and commenced operations as a passenger airline five years later.  Delta relocated its main offices to Atlanta, Georgia in 1941.  It completed a merger with Northwest Airlines in 2008.  Consolidation was accomplished in 2010.  It is the world's largest airline by fleet size, number of destinations, and passenger revenue.

original stories

Delta Starts Codeshare Flights with Air Nigeria (Delta Air Lines)

Delta Starts Codeshare Flights with Air Nigeria (Air Nigeria)

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Tuesday
May172011

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia elaborate on new network

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia have each released information on the trans-Tasman alliance the two airlines worked out late last year.  Currently, Air New Zealand operates 70 percent of all commercial flights across the Tasman Sea, and Virgin Australia (formerly Virgin Blue) operates 30 percent.  That ratio will not change under the new arrangement.  The two airlines are working together on a schedule of times and days (of the week) for the trans-Tasman flights that will optimize convenience for air travelers, and will stay within the terms of the alliance, approved last December by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and the New Zealand Ministry of Transport (MOT).

Air New Zealand sees four main components of the new alliance.  Those are a trans-Tasman and domestic (for both airlines) codeshare agreement, revenue sharing, reciprocity between the two airlines' respective loyalty programs, and reciprocal lounge access for qualifying travelers on each airline.

Air New Zealand was formed in 1940 as Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL), as a joint venture among the British Overseas Airways Corporation, which held a plurality of the shares; Qantas Airways; the government of New Zealand; and the now defunct New Zealand carrier Union Airways.  The airline was nationalized in 1965, when the government of New Zealand bought all shares.  It was privatized in 1989, and re-nationalized in 2001.  Its headquarters is in Auckland, at a complex colloquially called “The Hub.”  As far as airports are concerned, the airline operates its largest hub at Auckland International Airport (IATA: AKL; ICAO: NZAA).  Its focus cities are the national capital Wellington, the nation's second-largest city Christchurch, and the American city of Los Angeles.

Virgin Australia is the second largest airline based in Australia, behind Qantas.  It was founded in 2000 by the venture capital conglomeration Virgin Group Limited, itself founded by the British venture capitalist Sir Richard Branson.  Its corporate offices are located in the Bowen Hills area of Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, and capital of the Australian state of Queensland.  Virgin Australia operates its largest hub at Brisbane Airport (IATA: BNE; ICAO: YBBN), and operates secondary hubs at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), and at Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).

related stories

Air New Zealand-Virgin Blue partnership approved (December 16, 2010)

Virgin Blue-Air New Zealand alliance blocked (September 10, 2010)

original stories

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia Airlines Group Announce New-look Joint Network (Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia Airlines Announce Joint Network (Virgin Australia)

Tuesday
Feb082011

Air New Zealand and Etihad Airways agree to codeshare

Air New Zealand and United Arab Emirates-based Eithad Airways announced today that their codeshare agreement will be in effect starting at the end of March.

Air New Zealand will place its codeshare symbol (NZ) on Etihad flights between the Etihad hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport (IATA: AUH; ICAO: OMAA) and the Australian cities of Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.  Air New Zealand will also place its codeshare symbol on all three daily flights operated in each direction by Etihad between Abu Dhabi International and Heathrow Airport (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) in London.

For its part, Etihad Airways will place its codeshare symbol (EY) on various domestic and trans-Tasman flights operated by Air New Zealand, and involving the New Zealand cities of Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown; and the Australian cities of Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.  According to the press release from Etihad, the EY symbol will even be placed on Air New Zealand's flights between Auckland and the Chinese capital city of Beijing.

The partnership also allows members of each airline's frequent flier program to earn and redeem points with the corresponding program of the other airline.  Both airlines' press releases clarify that Etihad Airways' EY symbol will only be placed on trans-Tasman services inbound to Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne, Australia (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), from various New Zealand points of origin (Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch).  Air New Zealand flights outbound from Melbourne to those three destinations are not part of the codeshare.

Although the codeshare does not begin until the end of March, travelers with Air New Zealand and Etihad will be able to buy tickets in each other's networks (for travel at the end of March or later) toward the end of this month.  The codeshare is still subject to regulatory approval.

The United Arab Emirates is a sovereign federation of seven emirates on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, immediately to the east of the dominant occupant of that peninsula, Saudi Arabia.  It is a nation of contrasts, bordering Saudi Arabia along the extremely desolate Rub'al-Khali desert, but also boasting modern cities and surroundings that Westerners sometimes find surprisingly familiar.  Abu Dhabi is the capital and the most populous of the emirates.  Another emirate, Dubai, is dominated visually by the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.

Air New Zealand also announced that its newest Boeing 777-300ER would make a special visit tomorrow, to Wellington International Airport (IATA: WLG; ICAO: NZWN).  The capital city's largest airport has one bituminous surface 6,400 feet (1,951 meters) in length, which is insufficient length for the Boeing 777-300ER when the plane is filled to capacity with passengers, luggage, and fuel.  But with "only essential staff on board," the 777-300ER will be able to land and take off from Wellington International safely, according to Air New Zealand.

The 777-300ER will be assigned to Air New Zealand's Auckland-Los Angeles route, and its Los Angeles-London route.  Air New Zealand also flies non-stop between London and Hong Kong, and between Hong Kong and Auckland, making it the only airline to circumnavigate the globe.

Historically and politically often grouped with Australia, but geographically and geologically Polynesian, New Zealand is one of the southernmost inhabited places on the planet.  It was the native country of the late mountaineer Sir Edmund Hilary, and is also where the celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies was filmed, by New Zealander Sir Peter Jackson.

related stories

Air New Zealand increases its ownership share in Virgin Blue (January 21, 2010)

Air New Zealand-Virgin Blue partnership approved (December 16, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

original stories

Air New Zealand and Etihad Airways in codeshare agreement (Air New Zealand)

Etihad - Air New Zealand codeshare continue Australasia drive (Etihad Airways)

Air New Zealand's newest aircraft makes flying visit to Wellington (Air New Zealand)

Thursday
Nov252010

Scandinavia's SAS offers winter sale, launches codeshare

Until November 30, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is offering sales on certain routes from the United States to both Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.  Reservations can be made up to a year in advance.  But American citizens traveling to these destinations for a period of time measured in months rather than days should keep in mind certain rules in addition to holding a United States Passport that will be valid during the entire length of their stay.

The United States Department of State has outlined the rules applicable to Americans staying in each of these countries for which an SAS trans-Atlantic winter sale is valid, over an extended period of time.

Norway

Sweden

Denmark

Latvia

Poland

Planning ahead and booking earlier tends to allow air travelers to secure the lowest possible fares.

Also, SAS and Singapore Airlines will begin a codeshare agreement effective December 1.  Singapore Airlines will place its codeshare symbol (SQ) onto the SAS multiple times daily round-trip routes between Copenhagen, and the cities of Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki.  The flights that are part of the new codeshare involve Copenhagen Airport (IATA: CPH; ICAO: EKCH), Gardermoen Airport near Oslo (IATA: OSL; ICAO: ENGM), Arlanda Airport near Stockholm (IATA: ARN; ICAO: ESSA), and Vantaa Airport near Helsinki (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK).

For its part, SAS will add its codeshare symbol (SK) to Singapore Airlines' twice-weekly round-trip routes between Copenhagen Airport and Changi International Airport (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) in Singapore; and also to select flights between Changi International and Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok (IATA: BKK; ICAO: VTBS).

Founded as Scandinavian Airlines System in 1946, SAS is headquartered in a northern suburb of Stockholm called Solna.  It operates 142 aircraft to close to 100 destinations mostly within Europe.  SAS flies to three destinations in North America, and four in Asia.  Its main hubs are Copenhagen Airport, Stockholm's Arlanda Airport, and Oslo's Gardermoen Airport.

Founded as Malayan Airlines in 1947, Singapore Airlines is the national airline of the eponymous southeastern Asian island country off the eastern end of the Malay Peninsula.  It operates 110 aircraft, including the new Airbus A380, to 61 destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  Its main hub is Changi International, and its main offices are in the central business district of Singapore.  The carrier's majority owner is an investment house called Temasek Holdings.

original stories

SAS Winter Sale to Scandinavia & Eastern Europe (Yahoo News)

SAS and Singapore Airlines enter code-share agreement (SAS)

Singapore Airlines and SAS to codeshare (www.scandasia.com)

Monday
Nov082010

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect

Last Thursday, American Airlines (AA) announced via its website that it launched the codeshare partnership negotiated this past July, with the second-largest airline based in Germany, Air Berlin.  Only very few details were released by American Airlines about which flights operated by each of the carriers are part of this new codeshare.  But in the press release, American identified its three North American "cornerstone markets" as Kennedy International Airport in New York (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), Miami International Airport in Florida (IATA: MIA; ICAO: KMIA), and Los Angeles International Airport in California (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX).  And Air Berlin connects to each of those three American airports from its hub in Düsseldorf through its wholly-owned subsidiary LTU International.  (Air Berlin plans to fly a Berlin-New York non-stop route beginning next May.)  One therefore imagines that, at the least, the Air Berlin trans-Atlantic routes involving these three American cities, will be part of the codeshare.

Also according to the agreement, members of the American Airlines frequent flyer program traveling on flights operated by Air Berlin but booked under an American Airlines flight number, can put miles earned from the flights operated by Air Berlin toward American Airlines frequent flier rewards.  In anticipation of Air Berlin's expected admission to the Oneworld airline alliance in early 2012, the two airlines are working toward a more comprehensive, reciprocal arrangement allowing members of Air Berlin's frequent flier program similar privileges, when flying routes operated by American Airlines.

This codeshare also extends to Air Berlin's "strategic partner," the Austrian semi-low-fare carrier Niki.  Air Berlin's expected admission to the Oneworld airline alliance in early 2012 is also planned to coincide roughly with the grand opening of Berlin's brand new international airport.  The new facility is expected to entirely replace the already closed (in 2008) Tempelhof Airport south of central Berlin, and the currently operational Tegel Airport northwest of the city (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT), which is expected to close in 2012, and where Air Berlin holds a plurality of the passenger market share.  Another Berlin airport, Schönefeld southeast of the city (IATA: SXF; ICAO: EDDB) will be expanded and adapted to form part of the new facility, which itself will be named after former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, and will also be called Brandenburg International Airport.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  It now operates 621 aircraft to 260 destinations, in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  It is the second-largest airline in the world by the former measure, and is the world’s third-largest airline by the latter measure.  The company moved its main offices to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  This relocation was criticized as a betrayal by then-New York mayor Ed Koch.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW), and its main offices are in Dallas.

Air Berlin is a German airline operating a semi-low-fare business model.  Air Berlin was formed in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA, by former employees of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and the supplemental carrier Modern Air Transport.  It acquired LTU International in March 2007.  It operates 148 aircraft to 154 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.  Air Berlin relocated to the German city whose name it shares, in 1985.  It has hubs in the German cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Nuremberg, and also on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

related story

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American (July 29, 2010)

original story (American Airlines)

Friday
Oct152010

Jetstar and American agree to codeshare flights

The Australia-based Qantas Airways subsidiary Jetstar Airways, and United States-based American Airlines, have arranged a codeshare agreement.  American Airlines posted to their website yesterday morning that it plans to put its codeshare symbol (AA) on five routes operated by Jetstar entirely within New Zealand, Australia's neighbor across the Tasman Sea.  Three of those are the Jetstar routes between Jetstar's focus city of Auckland, and the cities of Christchurch, Queenstown, and Wellington, the national capital.  The other two are routes between Christchurch and Queenstown, and between Christchurch and Wellington.

In addition, an interline agreement between the two carriers will enable American Airlines customers to access the regional network of Jetstar.  Jetstar’s CEO Bruce Buchanan said the codeshare relationship will enable customers to book flights on all three airlines, “as part of a single booking.”  In addition, Jetstar flights marketed with the Qantas codeshare symbol (QF) will be eligible for American Airlines frequent flier program reward points.

Qantas and American are both charter members of the Oneworld airline alliance.  Qantas is affectionately nicknamed “The Flying Kangaroo.”

Qantas was founded in 1920 in the Australian town of Winton, Queensland, as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  Its official name is now Qantas Airways Limited, and it no longer uses its original full name for any official purpose.  It uses Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY), and Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML), as its hubs, and is based in the Botany Bay neighborhood of Sydney.

Jetstar was founded by Qantas in 2003 as a low-fare subsidiary, operating within Australia.  It is wholly-owned by Qantas, and has since branched out beyond Australia.  It flies 52 aircraft to 30 destinations in the countries of Australia and New Zealand, on the continent of Asia, and including the American state of Hawaii.  Its largest hub is Tullamarine Airport, and its main offices are in Melbourne.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  It now operates 621 aircraft to 260 destinations, in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.  It is the second-largest airline in the world by the former measure, and is the world’s third-largest airline by the latter measure.  The company moved its main offices to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  This relocation was criticized as a betrayal by then-New York mayor Ed Koch.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW), and its main offices are in Dallas.

related stories

Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific expand codeshare (September 17, 2010)

Delta and Hawaiian agree to codeshare flights (September 11, 2010)

Finnair will buy 20 percent of Finnish Commuter Airlines (September 9, 2010)

Aegean and Continental agree to codeshare flights (August 26, 2010)

Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1 (August 12, 2010)

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare (August 7, 2010)

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

original stories

American Airlines and Jetstar Announce Codeshare and Interline Agreements (American Airlines)

American Airlines, Jetstar to code share (Sydney Morning Herald)

American Air deal for Jetstar (New Zealand Herald)

Friday
Sep172010

Japan Airlines and Cathay Pacific expand codeshare

A Hong Kong-focused codeshare expansion is in the works between Japan Airlines and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways, according to a press release posted to the website of parent company Japan Airlines Group today.  Japan Airlines will place its codeshare symbol (JL) on the new Cathay Pacific route between Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG; ICAO: VHHH) and Haneda International Airport in Tokyo (IATA: HND; ICAO: RJTT) scheduled to start on October 31.  Moreover, certain flights operated by both airlines between Hong Kong International and Tokyo's Narita International Airport (IATA: NRT; ICAO: RJAA); and by Cathay Pacific between Hong Kong International and New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, Japan (IATA: CTS; ICAO: RJCC) will be part of the codeshare.

This agreement is an expansion of a currently existing codeshare in which Japan Airlines places its codeshare symbol on a number of Cathay Pacific flights connecting Hong Kong with Osaka and two small Japanese cities.  The Japan Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Masaru Onishi and Cathay Pacific's CEO Tony Tyler both expressed confidence in the future success of the codeshare expansion.  Both airlines are members of the Oneworld airline alliance.  The codeshare expansion is scheduled to begin on October 31, and is still "subject to government approval."

Japan Airlines was formed in 1951, and is the flag carrier of Japan.  Japan Airlines has hubs at both major airports in the Tokyo area, business-oriented Haneda International near the city center, and suburban Narita International.  Its corporate headquarters is in the Shinagawa area of Tokyo.

Cathay Pacific is the flag carrier of Hong Kong, and was founded in 1946 by American and Australian former Air Force pilots.  Its largest hub is at Hong Kong International, and its main offices are in a building at the airport called Cathay Pacific City.

original story (Japan Airlines)

Saturday
Sep112010

Delta and Hawaiian agree to codeshare flights

Starting next Wednesday, September 15, Delta Air Lines customers will be able to connect seamlessly to the inter-island network of Hawaiian Airlines.  This agreement expands upon a previous agreement which allows customers of each of the two airlines to redeem frequent flier miles with the other airline.  Flights which are part of the codeshare agreement will be available for purchase through Delta's website "and other ticketing channels" starting September 12.  Delta's managing director for alliances seemed particularly pleased with the upcoming alliance, according to a press release posted to the websites of both airlines.

The airline that became Delta Air Lines began flying passengers in 1929.  Delta relocated to Atlanta in 1941, and operates its largest hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta (IATA: ATL; ICAO: KATL).  It became the world’s largest airline by passengers carried when its merger with Northwest Airlines was completed earlier this year.  Hawaiian Airlines was founded in 1929 as Inter-island Airways.  The airline changed its name to Hawaiian Airlines in 1941.  Its main offices are in Honolulu, the Hawaiian state capital.  Its largest hub is at Honolulu International Airport (IATA: HNL; ICAO: PHNL).

related stories

Aegean and Continental agree to codeshare flights (August 26, 2010)

Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1 (August 12, 2010)

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare (August 7, 2010)

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

original stories

Delta, Hawaiian Airlines sign codeshare agreement (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

Hawaiian, Delta Sign Codeshare Agreement (Delta Air Lines)

Hawaiian, Delta Sign Codeshare Agreement - Delta customers gain seamless connections with Hawaiian Islands for the first time (Hawaiian Airlines)

Thursday
Sep092010

Finnair will buy 20 percent of Finnish Commuter Airlines

Finnair, the national airline of Finland, has announced plans to buy a 20 percent share of an associated regional airline called Finnish Commuter Airlines (often called "Finncomm").  It will also buy all the stock in the company that owns the 14 aircraft operated by Finnish Commuter Airlines.  The deal will be finalized later this year.  Through Finnish Commuter Airlines, customers of Finnair have access to a number of smaller nearby European cities, including Stuttgart, Germany since August 18.

Moreover, Finnair and Finncomm have reached a codeshare agreement on how to handle short-range flights this coming winter.  Finncomm will fly a number of domestic routes, and also fly between Helsinki and Tallinn, the capital of Estonia.  According to Finnair's press release, this agreement superscedes the one previously made with the British low-cost, short-range carrier FlyBe Limited.

Finnair was founded in 1923, and operates 66 aircraft to 66 destinations in Europe, Asia, and North America as of the time of this post.  Its main offices are located in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, and its largest hub is at Vantaa Airport (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK) in Helsinki.

Finnish Commuter Airlines was founded in 1993, and operates 14 aircraft to 20 destinations, all of which are in Europe.  Its offices are located in Ilmajoki, in the province of Western Finland.  Its largest hub is at Seinajoki Airport (IATA: SJY; ICAO: EFSI), in Ilmajoki.

original stories

Finnair to Buy 20% Stake In Finnish Commuter Airlines (Wall Street Journal)

Finnair and Finncomm Airlines continue their cooperation (Finnair)

Thursday
Aug262010

Aegean and Continental agree to codeshare flights

Starting this week, Aegean Airlines and Continental Airlines will each place their codeshare symbol on a limited number of each other's flights.  According to the codeshare agreement, United States-based Continental Airlines will place its codeshare symbol (CO) on routes flown by Aegean Airlines between Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens (IATA: ATH; ICAO: LGAV), and six destinations within Greece.  Those six domestic destinations are Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini, and Chania.

Also according to the codeshare agreement, Aegean Airlines will place its codeshare symbol (A3) on routes flown by Continental Airlines between Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR) and Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (often called "Athens International Airport").  "Pending government approval," Aegean Airlines will also place its codeshare symbol on routes flown by Continental between Liberty International and Charles de Gaulle Airport (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) in Paris, and also between Liberty International and Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (IATA: FCO; ICAO: LIRF) in Rome.

Both airlines are members of the Star Alliance.

Aegean Airlines was formed in 1987 as Aegean Aviation.  It was renamed Aegean Airlines when it began regularly scheduled passenger services in 1999.  Aegean flies a fleet of 28 aircraft to 44 destinations on the continents of Europe, Africa, and Asia.  It operates a hub at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens.  It operates secondary hubs at Heraklion International Airport (IATA: HER; ICAO: LGIR) on Crete, and Thessaloniki International Airport (IATA: SKG; ICAO: LGTS).  Its main offices are located in a suburb of Athens called Kifissia.

Continental Airlines was founded in 1931 in El Paso, Texas, as Varney Speed Lines.  It began flying passengers three years later.  Continental flies to destinations on five of the six permanently inhabited continents.  The airline plans to commence service to Africa next spring when it will add the Egyptian capital Cairo, and the Nigerian capital Lagos, to its network.  It operates hubs in Houston, Texas; Newark, New Jersey; Cleveland, Ohio; and on the American-owned Pacific island of Guam.  Continental has agreed to merge with Chicago, Illinois-based United Airlines, to create what would become the world's largest airline in "revenue passenger miles."

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Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1 (August 12, 2010)

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare (August 7, 2010)

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

original stories

Aegean Airlines and Continental Airlines to start codeshare flights (Aegean Airlines)

Aegean Airlines and Continental Airlines to start codeshare flights (Continental Airlines)

Thursday
Aug122010

Turkish Airlines and US Airways codeshare effective September 1

Starting September 1, Turkish Airlines will begin a codeshare agreement with US Airways.  According to the agreement, US Airways will place its codeshare symbol (US) onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International Airport near Istanbul (IATA: IST; ICAO: LTBA), and three European destinations served by Turkish Airlines.  Those three are Munich and Frankfurt in Germany, and Zurich in Switzerland.

US Airways will also place its codeshare symbol onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International and Kennedy International in the New York borough of Queens (IATA; JFK; ICAO: KJFK), and O’Hare International northwest of Chicago, Illinois (IATA: ORD; ICAO: KORD), both in the United States.

Within the Republic of Turkey, US Airways will also place its codeshare symbol onto Turkish Airlines flights between Ataturk International and the domestic destinations of Adana, Ankara (the national capital), Antalya, and Izmir.

In return, air travelers with Turkish Airlines will “gain access to Charlotte (IATA: CLT; ICAO: KCLT), Philadelphia (IATA: PHL: ICAO: KPHL), and Phoenix (IATA: PHX; ICAO: KPHX) via US Airways, flying from Frankfurt (IATA: FRA; ICAO: EDDF), Munich (IATA: MUC; ICAO: EDDM), Zurich (IATA: ZRH; ICAO: LSZH), Chicago, and New York,” according to the press release posted to the Turkish Airlines official website.

Turkish Airlines was formed in 1933.  As of this post, it flies to 161 destinations with 142 aircraft.  Its largest hub is Ataturk International Airport in the Yesilkoy neighborhood of Istanbul, on the western side of the city.  The airline’s main offices are located very near the airport.

The earliest direct predecessor to US Airways was called All American Aviation, and was founded by the du Pont family in 1939.   After a series of name changes, it settled upon US Air in 1979.  It re-branded itself as US Airways in 1997.  US Airways maintains hubs in the American cities of Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.  Moreover, Washington, D.C. is a focus city for the airline, through Reagan National Airport (IATA; DCA; ICAO: KDCA) just south of the central business sector of Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Virginia.  The airline’s main offices are in Tempe, Arizona.

related stories

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare (August 7, 2010)

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

original story (Turkish Airlines)

Saturday
Aug072010

Brussels Airlines and Continental Airlines codeshare

Starting Monday, the Belgian air carrier Brussels Airlines will commence a codeshare agreement with the American-based carrier Continental Airlines.  According to the codeshare agreement, Continental Airlines will place its codeshare symbol (CO) on routes flown by Brussels Airlines between Brussels and nine other destinations in Europe; and also on routes flown by Brussels Airlines between the Belgian capital and twelve destinations in Africa.

Meanwhile, according to the codeshare agreement, Brussels Airlines will for its part, place its codeshare symbol (SN) on Continental's daily flights (one in each direction) between the Belgian capital and Continental's hub in the New York metropolitan area, Liberty International Airport near Newark, New Jersey (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR).  Brussels Airlines will also place its codeshare symbol on flights operated by Continental between Liberty International and five domestic destinations.  Those five are, alphabetically, Cleveland, Ohio (a Continental hub); Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Houston, Texas (location of the carrier's headquarters); and Orlando, Florida.

Brussels Airlines was formed in 2006 and commenced operations the following year.  The highest-profile airline based in Germany, Lufthansa, owns a 45 percent share in Brussels Airlines.  The airline is headquartered in the Belgian town of Diegem, in Flemish Brabant, a province in the center of the country which completely surrounds the capital city.  The airline's largest hub is at National Airport in Brussels (IATA: BRU; ICAO: EBBR).

The company that eventually became Continental Airlines was founded in 1931 in El Paso, Texas.  It commenced operations three years later.  It is a publicly owned airline whose stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).  Earlier this year, Continental Airlines signed an agreement to merge with the Chicago, Illinois-based carrier United Airlines.

related stories

American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original story (Continental Airlines)

Friday
Aug062010

Aeromexico clarifies stance on recent FAA ruling

Last Friday, the Mexican-based airline Aeromexico posted a response to its website, regarding the downgrading by the Federal Aviation Administration of the Mexican aeronautics authority from Category 1 to Category 2.  Aeromexico clarified that this recent assessment by the FAA “exclusively refers to the Mexican aeronautics authority,” and not to the safety record or overall quality of any airline based in Mexico.  The airline stated in its press release last Friday that it will work with the national aeronautics authority in Mexico to reestablish the country’s Category 1 status with the FAA.  Aeromexico stressed that no current Aeromexico flights will be affected by the FAA’s determination.

However, www.wireupdate.com reported that the recent downgrade restricts Mexican-based carriers from establishing new service to the United States.  It also excludes Mexican-based carriers from codeshare agreements with American-based airlines.  Another Mexican-based airline, Mexicana, has not posted anything to its website regarding the recent assessment and downgrading of the Mexican aeronautics authority by the FAA.

Aeromexico was formed in 1934 and is a founding member of SkyTeam, an airline alliance comprised of 13 airlines and formed in 2000.  Aeromexico is based in Mexico City, the Mexican capital.  The airline’s main hub is Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport (IATA: MEX; ICAO: MMMX).

original stories

Statement Regarding the Federal Aviation Administration (Aeromexico)

FAA: Mexico's aviation industry does not meet ICAO safety standards (www.wireupdate.com)

Thursday
Jul292010

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American

In anticipation of joining the Oneworld airline alliance in 2012, the German carrier Air Berlin has signed codeshare agreements with American Airlines and Finnair.  Information posted to Air Berlin’s website on Tuesday explains that these arrangements will give Air Berlin’s customers convenient access to many destinations in Asia, and also to many destinations in North America.

The President and the CEO of American Airlines and Air Berlin respectively, Tom Horton and Joachim Hunold respectively, told the press they were “pleased” and “very pleased,” respectively, at the agreement.  The President of Finnair, Mika Vehviläinen meanwhile, was “delighted” at the intent of Air Berlin to join the Oneworld airline alliance, and noted that customers of Air Berlin, through partnership with Finnair, would gain "first class access to destinations in Asia."  British Airways will act as the alliance sponsor for Air Berlin.

Indeed, geographically, Air Berlin now stands to gain indirect access to a number of new destinations on both sides of its base.  As of this post, it directly operates flights to only seven North American destinations non-stop, year-round.  And it directly operates flights to only seven Asian destinations, non-stop, year-round, only two of which are located in the eastern part of Asia.  The new partnership significantly increases the number of flights available to customers of Air Berlin.

Finnair was founded in 1923.  Its main offices are in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, and its largest hub is Vantaa Airport in Helsinki (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK).  Finnair flies non-stop to ten Asian cities.  Eight of those are in the eastern part of Asia.

American Airlines was founded in 1930 in New York, when dozens of smaller airlines combined to form American Airways.  The company moved its main offices to Dallas, Texas in 1979.  American’s main hub is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW; ICAO: KDFW).

Air Berlin is a German airline operating a semi-low-cost business model.  It is the second-largest German-based airline behind Lufthansa.  Air Berlin was formed in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA, by former employees of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and the supplemental carrier Modern Air Transport.  The airline relocated to the German city whose name it shares, in 1985.  It has hubs in the German cities of Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Nuremberg, and also on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

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American and JetBlue launch partnership at JFK and Logan (July 20, 2010)

BA-Iberia merger approved by the EU (July 14, 2010)

Alitalia joins network of Air France/KLM and Delta (July 5, 2010)

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights (June 25, 2010)

JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original stories

Air Berlin concludes codeshare agreements with American Airlines and Finnair after joining oneworld (Air Berlin)

Air Berlin to join oneworld alliance (British Airways)

Friday
Jun252010

Qantas and China Eastern codeshare more flights

Air travelers to China and Australia who travel via Singapore will be able to will be able to switch between airlines serving those two countries more smoothly starting July 1.  Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines have agreed to expand their codeshare relationship, by placing their respective codeshare symbol on each other's flights to and from a geographical midpoint of sorts, Changi International Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS).

Each of the two airlines already has an established codeshare relationship with the other, on domestic flights.  But starting July 1, in addition to that, Qantas will place its codeshare symbol (QF) on three daily China Eastern flights between Singapore and China Eastern's hub at Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG; ICAO: ZSPD) in Shanghai.  And China Eastern will place its codeshare symbol (MU) on Qantas Airways flights between Singapore and the Qantas domestic destination cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Adelaide.

Qantas Airways was founded in 1920 as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services.  The acronym of its original name is what the airline goes by today.  It is the national airline of Australia, and has hubs at Kingsford Smith Airport near Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY), and at Tullamarine Airport near Melbourne (IATA: MEL; ICAO: YMML).  Its main offices are in the Botany Bay sector of Sydney.  China Eastern Airlines was formed in 1988.  Its main hub is at Pudong International, but its main offices are located at Hongqiao International Airport (IATA: SHA; ICAO: ZSSS), also in Shanghai.

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JAL and AA take another step toward anti-trust immunity (June 24, 2010)

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare (June 18, 2010)

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original story (Qantas Airways)

Friday
Jun182010

United Airlines and Jet Airways agree to codeshare

Air travelers between the United States and India will enjoy smoother connections between flights on United Airlines and Jet Airways, beginning June 30.  Starting today, travelers on one or the other (or both) of these airlines will be able to book certain flights on each airline through the other airline.

Jet Airways will put its code (9W) onto the United Airlines flights between Heathrow Airport in London (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL) and the United hubs of Chicago-O’Hare International (IATA: ORD; ICAO: KORD), Denver International (IATA: DEN; ICAO: KDEN), Los Angeles International (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX), San Francisco International (IATA: SFO; ICAO: KSFO), and Washington-Dulles International (IATA: IAD; ICAO: KIAD).

Moreover, United Airlines will put its code (UA) onto three international routes flown by Jet Airways.  Those are the Jet Airways flights between (1) Heathrow and Mumbai-Shivaji International (IATA: BOM; ICAO: VABB); between (2) Hong Kong International (IATA: HKG; ICAO: VHHH) and Mumbai Shivaji International; and between (3) Hong Kong International and Delhi-Gandhi International (IATA: DEL; ICAO: VIDP).  United Airways will also put its code onto five Jet Airways routes flown domestically within India.

United Airlines traces its origins to 1926, and a company called Boeing Air Transport.  It is based in Chicago, and its main hub is at O’Hare International.  Jet Airways commenced operations in 1993.  It flies to 67 destinations both within India, and internationally.  Its main hub is at Mumbai-Shivaji International.

related stories

Malév and Etihad sign a codeshare deal (June 9, 2010)

The United-Continental merger is not yet a sure thing (May 19, 2010)

Two airlines looking for awards in Hamburg next week made a deal (May 12, 2010)

United and Continental will probably merge (May 3, 2010)

original story (Business Standard)

Friday
Jun042010

British Airways will expand its immediate-term flight schedule

On Tuesday, British Airways announced via its website that it will once again fly a greater number of originally scheduled flights than what it later predicted it would fly in light of threatened strike action by Unite the Union.  British Airways cabin crew employees, represented by Unite the Union, continue to show up for work in greater numbers than what the airline initially anticipated that they would.  The third of three scheduled strikes will commence tomorrow, and will run through next Wednesday, June 9.  The airport chiefly affected by the strike action will again be British Airways’ main hub London Heathrow (IATA: LHR; ICAO: EGLL).  Heathrow is the U.K.’s busiest airport.

In light of the planned series of strikes, British Airways had initially planned to fly sixty percent of its long-haul schedule throughout the planned strike series, ending June 9.  When more cabin crew employees turned out for work than the airline expected, that percentage was increased to seventy percent for the second strike (May 31 through June 4, inclusive).  British Airways announced Tuesday that this percentage will again be increased for the third five-day strike (June 5 through June 9, inclusive), to eighty percent.  In light of the planned series of strikes, the airline had initially planned to fly fifty percent of its short-haul schedule throughout the planned series of strikes.  That percentage was increased to fifty-five percent for the second strike.  British Airways announced Tuesday that this percentage will again be increased for the third five-day strike, to sixty percent.

Today is the final day of Unite’s second of three planned strikes against the U.K.’s flag carrier.  Once again, according to its website, British Airways does plan to fly all flights with other carriers that have a British Airways codeshare number.  And once again, flights to and from London Gatwick (IATA: LGW; ICAO: EGKK) and London City (IATA: LCY; ICAO: EGLC) will not be affected.  In the announcement released Tuesday, British Airways expressed the possibility of adding to this schedule depending on the number of cabin crew employees that show up to work during the final scheduled strike.

British Airways was founded in 1973, from the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airlines.  It is headquartered in the borough of Hillingdon in London, near Heathrow.  Unite is a British and Irish trade union formed in 2007 with the merger of Amicus and the Transport and General Workers’ Union.

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British Airways will expand its immediate-term flight schedule (May 26, 2010)

Unite the Union begins strike series against British Airways (May 24, 2010)

The Unite strikes against British Airways are back on (May 21, 2010)

Unite is barred from going forward with BA strike action (May 18, 2010)

British Airways has released its contingency plan for the first strike (May 15, 2010)

British Airways and cabin crew union are trying to avert strikes (May 12, 2010)

original story (British Airways)