Over the last 18 months, American Airlines has established joint business agreements with British Airways and Iberia, Japan Airlines, and Qantas that provide customers with more destinations, more flights and more fares to choose from, while delivering continuous and consistent service excellence throughout each airline.
A joint business is a cooperative arrangement made when two or more companies agree to do business in one particular area to provide a specific service, allow for balanced growth across the carriers and mutually share revenues, risk and reward. This type of agreement differs from a merger in that each carrier retains its separate brand, corporate identity and individual operations.
American and its partner airlines received regulatory approval to enter into these joint business agreements, which allow the carriers to co-operate commercially with a network of flights that services a true global marketplace. Benefits to customers include codeshare and frequent flyer partnerships that enhance existing products and services, reach new markets with smoother connections and provide a wider network to earn and redeem frequent flyer benefits.