Closer ties between American Airlines and Qantas are highly welcomed by oneworld

The coming closer of the two founding members of American Airlines and Qantas Airways was whole hearted welcomed by oneworld the leading quality global airline alliance.

"oneworld strongly supports today's steps by American Airlines and Qantas to deepen their ties.  Linking their networks more closely, through the new route between their main Dallas-Fort Worth and Sydney hubs, and their plans for more extensive co-operation, will deliver to passengers between Australia and North America the same sort of benefits that oneworld partners have been able to introduce in many other parts of the world - easier access to many more destinations, best schedules and the most attractive fares.,” said Bruce Ashby the Chief Executive, oneworld.

He also added, "This enables oneworld to offer a far more attractive proposition to customers in another key region for air travel, helping us on our journey to establish oneworld firmly as the world's premier airline alliance."

After the introduction of Qantas flight services to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, the two airlines will take the approvals of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and other relevant authorities for working together which will be beyond their of being a oneworld member. The togetherness of the two airline giants includes significant increase in code-sharing and greater co-operation in Capacity, Scheduling and pricing.

"We have worked closely with American Airlines over many years, and with the commencement of services to Dallas/Fort Worth we look forward to taking our partnership to a new level.  This new service is great news for both Australian and American travellers.  It will connect Qantas customers to one of the USA's major hub airports, benefitting both business and leisure travellers.  Flying to DFW is an important step for Qantas as we expand and improve our international services.  The United States has always been fundamental to Qantas' success and the new route will only strengthen our position in the transpacific market," added, Alan Joyce, Chief Executive Officer, Qantas Airways.

This significant step by the two airlines will be a boon for the business as well as leisure travelers and the two airlines will be able to compete on equal terms with other competitor airlines across the Pacific.

As the Qantas will stop its services to San Francisco from 14th May 2011 and will introduce it to Dallas from 16th May 2011, American Airlines will codeshare its flights with Qantas. The codesharing will result into 13 new points in USA and three in Mexico. The new route will give all the passengers from Australia and South Pacific a clear access to the USA and beyond and vice versa.

"We welcome the addition of services to Australia at DFW by our valued oneworld partner, Qantas.  An expanded relationship and deeper commercial co-operation with the premier Australian carrier will benefit consumers, the employees, shareholders and financial supporters of both airlines and will greatly enhance the services offered to passengers by oneworld carriers," said Gerard Arpey, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines.

Te move by the two airlines is indeed a serious breakthrough step among the members of the oneworld. In the past years the other members of the alliance have taken significant steps of better co-operations, to provide better travel opportunities of the oneworld passengers. These include:

  • The ACCC extended the Australia and Europe route by approving Qantas' joint business with British Airways on for five years.
  • After gaining long awaited anti-trust immunity a joint business deal among the American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia was signed in October.
  • A regulatory approval for a joint business between Asia and North America was gained by American and Japan Airlines, which they plan to launch early this year.
  • British Airways and Iberia also gained all essential approvals for their merger, under their new joint holding company International Airlines Group, which is to be completed at the end of this month.
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