American Files To Codeshare With Philippine Airlines

American Airlines interlines a lot of passengers from Philippine Airlines at Los Angeles. They’re picking up a lot of passengers each day from Manila and sending many of them onward to Manila.

Now American and Philippine Airlines have filed for permission to codeshare.

Under this agreement, American would put its code on PAL flights:

  • Manila – Honolulu
  • Manila – Guam
  • Manila – Tokyo
  • Cebu – Tokyo

Philippine Airlines would put its coded on American flights between Los Angeles and:

  • Atlanta
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Las Vegas
  • Miami
  • New Orleans
  • Orlando
  • Washington DC

About a year ago there was a rumor around American Airlines flying to Manila. I was skeptical at the time because fares tend to be low, and American Airlines had been> reticent to fly ultra long haul routes. (That was before they announced Seattle – Bangalore.) A codeshare operated by Philippine Airlines seems more viable to me, though American is explicitly not seeking to put its code onto PAL services between North America and Manila so perhaps their own long haul flight is eventually in the cards.

United Airlines can be expected to push back. United has wanted better landing slots at Manila, and has been frustrated. In response they’ve been pushing back against Philippine expansion into the U.S. This has included PAL Express codeshares on Philippine Airlines Manila – Guam flights and on Philippine’s Manila – Seattle service they’d like to start three times weekly.

Put another way, United wants to punish consumers and competitors because it’s been unable to get what it wants from the Philippine government. United should have more desirable access to the Manila airport, but linking air service to underserved places like Guam is bad for the country.

Personally I’d love to see a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement between American Airlines and Philippine Airlines – while the latter’s business class is far from outstanding, I’ve found award availability to be overall excellent.

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  1. Isnt PAL partially owned by ANA of StarAlliance? The same alliance of United and they are contesting about gate availability in MNL and SEA?

  2. Who cares, AA wont be around to see their codeshare. While other airlines are trying to preserve cash and make long term decisions, AA is burning cash with no real direction, announcing meaningless codeshares.

  3. Once this happens, American Airlines (among other international airlines) might want to consider adding flights to the Philippines with Cebu and/or Davao as their point of entry, considering that both cities have the Open Skies Policy. Anyone else think this sounds like a plan?

  4. @brad: Obviously this was planned much before the crisis – otherwise they would not have been able to file it so soon. Either way, there is no point in not proceeding with what has already been done, since such relationships are going to provide the much needed feed that all carriers are going to need in the future to fill their planes, when demand is slowly picking up.

  5. Brad;
    Get your facts straight before you spew MISINFORMATION!
    Per Brad, AA unable to upgrade you?

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