New Agreement Will Give American Expanded Presence in South Pacific
FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines and Fiji-based Air Pacific have signed a new codeshare agreement that will give American's customers more travel options throughout the South Pacific and Air Pacific customers easier access to major business centers in the United States.
Pending U.S. government approval, expected within the next 30 to 60 days, American will place its code on Air Pacific flights in the following markets: Los Angeles-Nadi, Honolulu-Nadi, and Nadi-Suva while Air Pacific will place its code on nearly 20 new destinations to cities flown from American's Los Angeles cornerstone hub.
"This new codeshare relationship will give our customers seamless connecting opportunities to new destinations in the South Pacific," said Kenji Hashimoto, American's Vice President Strategic Alliances. "We look forward to working with our latest partner, Air Pacific, in providing even more travel options for all of our customers."
"Air Pacific is delighted to join forces with American Airlines to offer our customers a world-class gateway to nearly 20 American cities. This codeshare relationship will bring new and returning travelers to the idyllic islands of Fiji, one of the most pristine and popular vacation destinations in the South Pacific," said David Pflieger, Air Pacific's Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. "It's a 'win-win': Air Pacific's customers have the opportunity to earn AAdvantage® miles on all Air Pacific flights, and American's customers can use their AAdvantage miles on all Air Pacific routes to enjoy our renowned Fijian hospitality, including complimentary inflight meals, drinks, entertainment, our Nadi airport lounge facilities, and express lanes through customs and immigration for our Business (Tabua) Class passengers," Pflieger added.
From Los Angeles, American and American Eagle offer customers more than 140 daily flights to more than 40 cities throughout Asia, Europe and North America.
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® carrier serve 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning website, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members and members-elect serve more than 900 destinations with more than 10,000 daily flights to 149 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).
About Air Pacific
Air Pacific and its subsidiary Pacific Sun together fly over 400 flights per week. The company operates B747, B767, and B737 aircraft from Fiji to 15 cities in 10 countries. Destinations include Hong Kong, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands. Air Pacific aircraft bring in 68 percent of all visitors who fly to Fiji. The Company employs over 790 employees, earns revenues of F$600 million, and directly contributes 3 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Pacific Sun operates a combination of ATR 42-500s and De Havilland Twin Otter aircraft on Fiji's 10 domestic island routes and regional flights to Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
The World's Friendliest airline encourages you to check our flight schedule and great air fares on www.airpacific.com. You can also call Air Pacific's Sales Centre at 679-330-4388 or 679-672-0888. Air Pacific also offers great vacation package deals at www.airpacificholidays.com.
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SOURCE American Airlines