American's new deal with BA, Iberia

American Airlines, Iberia, and British Airways announced earlier today that they were forming a three-way alliance that would allow them to cooperate on flights between Europe and North America. Although the three airlines are already part of the oneworld alliance, the deal allows them to work more closely together and to cut costs. Not surprising, Virgin Atlantic's Richard Branson took a dim view of the deal, which he said would create a "monster monopoly".

The announcement comes at a time when other airlines are also seeking to link up: United, Continental, Air Canada and Lufthansa are working on a transatlantic alliance, similar to the AA/Iberia/BA one announced today.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like BA are now doing a deal with QANTAS too! See http://eds-airline-watch.blogspot.com

Guy Kashtan said...

"monster monopoly" or not eventually it's all in the best interest of the customers.. the costs will be lower and force everyone else to cut costs aswell linking up or not is their choice.
Aircraft rides will probably cost less in the future!

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Myra said...

through alliance we become stronger but there are many thing to be considered. still it is better
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GREAT THINKING RIGHT? WELL.. IT WAS UNTIL I LOGGED ON 28 HOURS LATER AND SPENT 2 HOURS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT

HOW TO GET MY FLIGHT SWITCHED BECAUSE I FOUND A KILLER DEAL FROM SEATTLE TO PANAMA, THAT CONNECTED IN MIAMI- AND JUST BY COINCIDENCE WAS FLIGHT 959.. WHICH WAS MY ORIGINAL FLIGHT #.

SO I CALLED AMERICAN.. AND SAID HEY, I AM ALREADY ON 959 I JUST WANT YOU TO HONOR THE DEAL THAT IS ON YOUR WEB SPECIAL, AND CHARGE MY THE DIFFERENCE SINCE IM BEGINNING MY TRIP IN SEATTLE INSTEAD OF MIAMI.

THEY SAID ITD BE 150.00 TO CHANGE MY FLIGHT + MY AIRFARE DIFFERENCE... WELL THAT'S NOT REALLY A DEAL NOW IS IT? THAT TOTALS JUST OVER 300.00 NOR IS THAT DISPLAYING GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE.

HOLY HELL I WAS ALREADY ON FLIGHT 959 ITS NOT LIKE THEY HAD TO CHANGE MY FLIGHT NUMBER OR ANYTHING...


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tripcart said...

In my past experience, these alliances do not become seamless when frequent flyer miles are concerned. BA miles not credit to AA, etc.

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Asif said...

Thanks to America which finally finalize that deal. We hear these news from few years that America and British Airways start joint venture. That's good for both countries and whole world.