American Airlines and Cathay Pacific Expand Codeshare Agreement
FORT WORTH, Texas, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines and its oneworld® alliance partner, Cathay Pacific, have expanded their codeshare relationship to include Cathay Pacific's new daily service between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport, as well as Cathay's existing daily service between Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City. The new Ho Chi Minh City codeshare gives American a stronger presence in Southeast Asia.
These flights will be available for travel starting Sept. 1. With the addition of the new flights, the codeshare agreement between American and Cathay Pacific includes 23 markets in North America and eight markets throughout Asia.
"Our partnership with Cathay Pacific gives American's customers expanded access to destinations in China and the rest of Asia," said Virasb Vahidi, American's Chief Commercial Officer. "With this codeshare expansion, our customers now have more options for travel between North America and Asia."
Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer Ivan Chu said, "We are very pleased to be able to extend our cooperation with American Airlines, one of our important partners in the oneworld alliance. This new arrangement will offer more choices and greater convenience for passengers from the U.S. and will help to ensure the success of the new Cathay Pacific service between Chicago and Hong Kong, which will launch on Sept. 1."
American and Cathay Pacific have been codesharing since 2003 on several trans-Pacific, as well as U.S. domestic and intra-Asia flights. Recently, Cathay Pacific expanded the agreement by adding its code on domestic services between Chicago O'Hare International Airport and 11 U.S. markets served by American or American Eagle. This expansion was made possible because of Cathay Pacific's new service to Chicago, and the increased connectivity it offers to customers travelling between the networks of both carriers.
About American Airlines
American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® serve 250 cities in 50 countries with, on average, more than 3,600 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 serve approximately 900 destinations with more than 9,000 daily flights to 145 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 Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific Airways is a Hong Kong-based airline offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to over 140 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa, using a fleet of 128 wide-body aircraft. The company is a member of the Swire group and is a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Dragonair is a wholly owned subsidiary and Cathay Pacific also has a 60% stake in AHK Air Hong Kong Ltd, an all-cargo carrier operating regional express freight services. Cathay Pacific has made substantial investments to develop Hong Kong as one of the world's leading global transportation hubs. The airline is a founder member of the oneworld global alliance.
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