Oneworld alliance members, American Airlines and British Airways have received approval from the Indian government to operate codeshare flights to India. The new codeshare flights are scheduled to go on sale starting March 26th 2012.
The codeshare agreement allows American Airlines to place its code on British Airways’ flights operating between the United States and India via London’s Heathrow Airport. The oneworld alliance members will be operating codeshare flights to Indian cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad, revealed American Airlines’ press release published on the 26th March 2012.
The new codeshare flights are scheduled to go on sale starting March 26th 2012 with the first travel date starting March 29th 2012, which means US flyers contemplating holidays or business tours to India can now start looking for lucrative deals with American Airlines.
Furthermore, the new codeshare agreement between the oneworld alliance members is likely to complement American Airlines’ existing flights to India through partner airline Jet Airways via Brussels.
The new codeshare agreement between the two oneworld alliance members is likely to offer convenient choices, greater flexibility and excellent connectivity to the US flyers looking for leisurely and business breaks to India.
Kenji Hashimoto, AA’s vice president – strategic alliances, said, “This new codeshare relationship will give our customers extra options and easier access to India while enjoying the excellent service British Airways has to offer. Adding convenience for our joint customers is one of our primary goals and our network is able to grow because of this new codeshare agreement.”
With raging popularity of BA and AA as luxury full service airlines offering excellent in-flight services, the new codeshare agreement is likely to get highly popular even with travellers who generally are not inclined to splurge on airfares and look for tickets on cheap flights to India.
Cheap flights or no cheap flights, the new codeshare agreement is sure to benefit the American Airlines’ loyalty program AAdvantage members, who will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights with British Airways.