Agreements will offer customers more opportunities to earn frequent flyer miles
American Airlines, a founding member of the global oneworld® Alliance, today announced it has applied to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) for authorization to begin codeshare cooperation with Malev Hungarian Airlines. The application proposes that codesharing operations begin on March 25, 2007.
American and Malev, one of the leading carriers in Central and Eastern Europe, have also signed a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement. Together, these agreements will offer customers more opportunities to earn frequent flyer miles in the AAdvantage program or points in Malev's Duna Club program beginning Jan. 9, 2007. And, in the coming months, American and Malev will also implement a reciprocal agreement allowing their frequent flyers to redeem their miles or points on each airline.
"Malev is a quality airline that will greatly expand travel options to Central and Eastern Europe for our customers," said Henry Joyner, American's Senior Vice President - Planning. "Since Malev will soon become a member of the oneworld® Alliance, this relationship makes a great deal of strategic sense as well."
Under the codeshare agreement, American would place its AA designator code on Malev's daily flights between Budapest and New York JFK, as well as on flights to Budapest to and from London Gatwick, Frankfurt, Paris de Gaulle, Brussels, Rome and Zurich. Also included are flights beyond Budapest to destinations in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
Malev would place its MA designator code on American's trans-Atlantic flights between Malev's European gateways and the United States, as well as on AA flights between New York and Toronto and other points in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and South America.
Additionally, American Airlines AAdvantage® members will be able to earn AAdvantage miles on all Malev flights worldwide on eligible published fare tickets. Malev's network offers service to nearly 60 destinations in 36 countries, including Budapest as well as to cities throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.
In addition, Malev's Duna Club frequent flyer members can earn points on eligible published fare tickets on American's large network throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. In total, Malev's Duna Club members will benefit from more than 250 American Airlines destinations in more than 40 countries.
"We are excited to welcome Malev to the AAdvantage program, giving AAdvantage members even more opportunities to earn miles to exciting destinations in the Malev network," said Kurt Stache, President - AAdvantage Marketing Programs.
Malev operates a modern fleet of primarily Boeing aircraft, including Boeing 767-200s and New-Generation Boeing 737s. Malev also operates CRJ-200 and Fokker 70 jets.
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Malev, the national airline of the Republic of Hungary, is celebrating 60 years of dedicated service and distinguished tradition and plans to join the oneworld Alliance in early 2007. Malev serves 57 destinations in 36 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and North America with more than 1000 weekly departures. Malev has one of the most extensive networks in Central and Eastern Europe, operating passenger, cargo, and charter services. Malev is 99 percent owned by the Hungarian government, which has plans to privatize the company.
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