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From the UK, joint venture carriers: American Airlines and British Airways, have created what they have named a “transatlantic shuttle service” for the top US-UK routes. Meaning that frequent flights to certain destinations will take place throughout the day with reduced departure intervals between them.

What are the benefits?

In particular this means that the London – New York flights will spread across the day, departing hourly from between the hours of 13:00 and 20:00. Furthermore, for the morning departures of the Heathrow – New York route, the gap between departure times will now be reduced to a maximum of one and a half hours. These changes will take place from 27 March 2011 onwards.

Currently on this route, 5 of the 11 daily services offered by British Airways and American Airlines leave “at almost exactly the same time”, leaving up to three hours between services. Therefore having these new changes implemented certainly makes a lot of sense.

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New service to San Diego

Furthermore, British Airways and American Airlines will also coordinate flights from London to Chicago and Miami. As of 1 June 2011, British Airways will also launch new daily services to the Californian city of San Diego, the first time the airline has flown direct to the city in 8 years.

More codeshares

The airlines have also placed codeshares between American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia on a significant number of additional routes, greatly increasing the number of destination choices available to customers. In total, customers will be able to travel more easily on the airlines’ combined route network which will serve more than 400 destinations in 105 countries with around 5,200 daily departures.

There will be many benefits for customers as a result of these changes, including:

  • A greater choice of flights
  • A wider choice of fares with greater access
  • Easier connecting journeys
  • Coordinated schedules on joint routes providing better flight choices and timings
  • Online check in and boarding pass printing with either the airline operating the flight, or the one the ticket was booked through
  • Integrated online flight information on all three of the airlines’ websites
  • Increased opportunity to earn and redeem frequent flyer benefits on transatlantic flights

The final comments

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways, commented “.. Combined selling and scheduling means that we will able to operate routes that would not have been viable for us to operate individually. This partnership (between American Airlines and Iberia) will provide a one-stop shop for transatlantic travel regardless of how you book, which of our airlines you fly with or where you want to transfer”.


“We’ve been waiting for 14 years to be able to bring these benefits to our customers and it’s great news that we can now put our plans into action” says Gerard Arpey, chairman and chief executive of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines.

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