A new trilateral relationship between British Airways (BA), Iberia and American Airlines (AA) will allow passengers to access more cheap flights to the US.
The three airlines’ chief executive officers met in London on Wednesday (October 6th) to launch the new joint business, with each hopeful that it will allow the carriers to compete more effectively with other global alliances offering flights to North America from Europe.
As an initial benefit, the airlines confirmed the launch of flights to New York JFK from Budapest, Chicago from Helsinki, San Diego from London Heathrow and Los Angeles from Madrid.
Willie Walsh, BA’s chief executive officer, said that by working together the airlines can offer strong benefits to customers.
"Combined selling and scheduling means that we will able to operate routes that would not have been viable for us to operate individually," he explained.
"This partnership 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."
BA announced earlier this week that its September passenger capacity had increased 0.3 percent compared to the same month last year.