American Airlines has launched two new codeshare relationships this week. Both loaded into the schedule on Sunday.
The airline has a joint venture with British Airways and Iberia. The government has granted anti-trust immunity to coordinate schedules and prices and share revenue on flights across the Atlantic between these three airlines (as well as Finnair). They’re looking to add Aer Lingus to the relationship.
BA, Iberia, and Aer Lingus are all owned by IAG, and American has launched a new codeshare with Spanish low cost carrier Vueling Airlines which is owned by IAG. Codeshares begin January 23 for markets from Barcelona to Florence and to Sevilla, Spain. This allows customers to buy American Airlines flights to Barcelona and connect onwards on an American Airlines flight number, buying a single fare on the ticket and even earning AAdvantage miles and status on the domestic Spanish flights.
Vueling, however, is not putting its code on American Airlines flights.
Meanwhile, Casablanca-based Royal Air Maroc is joining oneworld and American Airlines is starting a new flight from Philadelphia to Casablanca, their first foray into Africa. They’ve already set up codesharing with Royal Air Maroc, with first travel date the day after Christmas.
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Here are the routes where the two carriers will codeshare:
- American will put its code on Royal Air Maroc flights between the U.S. and Casablanca (Boston, Miami, New York JFK, and Washington Dulles) and on Royal Air Maroc flights between Casablanca and Marrakech.
- Royal Air Maroc will put its code on American’s Philadelphia – Casablanca flight and on flights between New York JFK and Charlotte; Dallas Fort-Worth; Las Vegas; Los Angles; Phoenix; Raleigh; and San Francisco.
It seems odd that American isn’t putting its code on more Royal Air Maroc flights. Maybe they’ll get there, and getting government approval will take time, but it seems like the value in the partnership is getting access to new destinations beyond Casablanca to elsewhere in Africa and American isn’t touching those yet.
And it seems odd that Royal Air Maroc is putting its code on American flights out of New York JFK – but not on flights out of American’s Miami hub.