FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines and LAN Ecuador announced today they have received approval from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and Ecuadorean authorities for authorization to begin codeshare cooperation. The agreement, which will also strengthen the oneworld® alliance, will provide customers of both airlines more choices and greater connectivity when traveling between the United States and Ecuador and across each airline's global network. Sales start today and travel begins Jan. 9.
This codeshare relationship will allow American to place its code on LAN Ecuador flights, and LAN to place its code on American Airlines flights. The placement of American's code on LAN Ecuador flights will provide American's customers seamless connecting service to three new cities in Ecuador not currently served by American.
At the same time, placing LAN Ecuador codes on American Airlines flights will offer LAN customers new destinations in the U.S. such as Atlanta, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, N.C., Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.
American will codeshare on the following LAN Ecuador flights:
- International flights between:
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil
- Miami International Airport (MIA) and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE)
- Miami International Airport (MIA) and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito
- Domestic flights within Ecuador between the following destinations:
- Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) and Baltra Airport (GPS)
- Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)
- Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) and Baltra Airport (GPS)
- Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) and Cuenca Airport (CUE)
- Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) and San Cristobal Airport (SCY)
LAN Ecuador will codeshare on the following American flights:
- International flights between:
- Miami International Airport (MIA) and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport (GYE)
- Miami International Airport (MIA) and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)
- Connecting service between:
- Miami International Airport (MIA) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
"By strengthening and broadening our relationship with oneworld partner LAN, we are able to offer our customers more travel options and are better positioned to deliver enhanced benefits across our respective networks," said Kenji Hashimoto, American's Vice President – Strategic Alliances.
"This agreement will improve connectivity between the two countries with access to more destinations by providing flight connections and therefore promoting trade and tourism," said Maximiliano Naranjo, LAN Ecuador's General Manager.
Additionally, members of the American Airlines AAdvantage® program and LAN's frequent flyer program, LANPASS, will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights, providing customers another benefit of the enhanced relationship. The two airlines are exploring other ways to augment their cooperation to provide passengers more choices and benefits when traveling throughout North and South 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 3,300 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 (Pink Sheets: AARMQ). AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, and AAdvantage are trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol "AAMRQ" on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.
AMR Corporation, and certain of its United States-based subsidiaries, including American Airlines, Inc. and AMR Eagle Holding Corporation, on Nov. 29 filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. More information about the Chapter 11 filing is available on the Internet at http://aa.com/restructuring.
About LAN Ecuador
LAN Ecuador is one of the leading passenger and cargo airlines in Ecuador. The Company serves directly five domestic destinations (Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Baltra and San Cristobal in the Galapagos islands), plus six other international destinations (Madrid, New York, Miami, Lima, Buenos Aires and Santiago, Chile). As a LAN Airlines affiliate, LAN Ecuador serves over 100 destinations around the world through an extensive network that offers a complete choice of connections to and from Latin America, while also linking the region to North America, Europe and the South Pacific. Currently, LAN Ecuador operates a fleet of five Airbus A320, and four Boeing 767-300, one of the most modern fleets in Latin America, which translates into greater efficiency and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, as proof of its strong commitment to protecting the environment. LAN is one of the few "Investment Grade" airlines in the world (BBB). The company's world class quality standards enabled its membership in oneworld™, the global airline alliance which LAN has been a member of for 10 years, and which encompasses the best airlines in the world. For more information please visit www.lan.com or www.oneworldalliance.com.
Current AMR Corp. news releases can be accessed at http://www.aa.com
SOURCE American Airlines