Cathay Pacific Airways and American Airlines today announced that codeshare services operated by the oneworld alliance partners will commence on 29 January 2003. Tickets for the codeshare flights will be on sale from 27 January.
Cathay Pacific customers will be able to buy tickets on "CX"-coded flights to 20 cities across the continent. They will fly on regular Cathay Pacific services to the airline's US gateways in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, and from there complete their journey on a scheduled American Airlines or American Eagle flight bearing a "CX" code.
American's customers will be able to travel under the "AA" code to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific's US gateways as well as American's gateway in Tokyo. Customers will also be able to travel beyond Hong Kong to other cities in Asia.
Final approval for the codeshare agreement was given by the US Department of Transport early January, and implements terms of the latest joint air services agreement negotiated between the Hong Kong and US governments in October 2002.
Cathay Pacific Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive David Turnbull said: "Our codeshare agreement with American Airlines demonstrates the benefits that can be gained by airlines and passengers when oneworld partners work closer together. Cathay Pacific will be able to provide a much-improved service to our customers heading to and from North America. Moreover, the increased passenger traffic that will be generated by this partnership will help to strengthen Hong Kong's position as Asia's regional aviation hub - in itself a very important goal."
American Airlines Chairman and CEO Don Carty said: "Our customers will be able to make all of their arrangements to fly from the US to Hong Kong and on to other points in Asia by making one phone call to American Airlines. They will find this new feature of our oneworld relationship immensely valuable when it comes to the convenience of world travel."
US destinations that will be open to Cathay Pacific customers include: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas Ft. Worth, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston (George Bush Intercontinental and Hobby), Las Vegas, Miami, New York (Newark), Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Jose, San Juan, St Louis and Washington DC / Baltimore (Dulles, Ronald Reagan Washington National and Baltimore Washington International).
American Airlines is the world's largest carrier. American, in concert with American Eagle and the AmericanConnection regional carriers, makes up the American Airlines network. Together, they serve more than 250 cities in 41 countries and territories with approximately 4,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 1,100 aircraft. Only American provides More Room Throughout Coach for More Coach Passengers.
Cathay Pacific Airways is an international airline based and registered in Hong Kong, offering scheduled cargo and passenger services to 80 destinations within Asia and around the world. Cathay Pacific's award winning service and standard of reliability will be enhanced this year by the installation of our New Business Class cabin in our entire long-haul fleet. It features one of the longest and widest stretch-flat seats in the sky, and our state-of-the-art StudioCX entertainment system with audio and video on demand, that allows passengers to play the music, movies or features they want when they want them.
Cathay Pacific and American Airlines are both founding members of oneworld, the leading global airline alliance, together with Aer Lingus, British Airways, Finnair, Iberia, LanChile and Qantas.
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