It seems that American Airlines and Aer Lingus are buddying up, with the two airlines moving to launch their codeshare agreement this week.
The move is to allow an increase in connectivity.
American Airline will place its code on Aer Lingus flights between
- London Heathrow – Dublin
- Dublin – Amsterdam
- London Gatwick
- Manchester, UK
- London Heathrow – Belfast City
- London Heathrow – Cork
- London Heathrow – Shannon
Aer Lingus in return will place its code on flights from Chicago O’Hare to
- Dallas-Fort Worth
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- San Jose, California
Further expansion of the codeshare is also planned in the near future according to the airlines. The move comes after Aer Lingus joined the Atlantic Joint Business (AJB) between American, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair last year.
Anmol Bhargava, American’s vice president of Alliances said:
“We are excited to extend our relationship with our newest joint business partner, Aer Lingus, with this codeshare agreement,”
“Through our trans-Atlantic joint business, customers have more choices to key destinations in Europe and now, Ireland.”
Reid Moody, Aer Lingus’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “
After almost two years of restricted travel we know that demand for dream vacations, business travel, and reconnecting families and friends in 2022 and beyond will be stronger than ever. We are delighted that through the codeshare agreement with American Airlines, Aer Lingus customers will be able to avail of greater connectivity options and more seamless travel between the U.S. and Europe via our Dublin hub, which also has the added benefit of US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) pre-clearance located in Dublin. Last week’s decision by the Irish Government to remove pre-departure COVID-19 test requirements for double-vaccinated passengers is more welcome news for those planning to travel. We look forward to extending our warm Aer Lingus welcome to more and more customers in the months ahead.”
Codeshares have their place in travel – for passengers, it allows clearer route planning (one code to worry about, rather than two or three). It also allows airlines to provide a perceived increase in service, whilst tightening scheduled coordination. It also expands the reach of airlines without them having to lay on extra routes outside of their normal operating areas.
For Aer Lingus and American Airlines passengers, these won’t be revolutionary codeshares – but will provide some convenience for passengers – whilst Aer Lingus continues to integrate with the Atlantic Joint Business Venture.
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