Entries in codeshare (21)

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.

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 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.

related stories

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.

related stories

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)