American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and QANTAS Airways (Sydney) yesterday (November 10) welcomed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) final approval of the airlines’ trans-Pacific joint business agreement (JBA), which will allow the carriers to coordinate services between the United States , Australia and New Zealand.
With all relevant regulatory approvals, both airlines can now begin working together on the following:
- Joint strategic planning and management of trans-Pacific services and ‘behind and beyond’ services within Australia / New Zealand and North America
- Improvement of flight schedules, frequencies and connection times to benefit Qantas and American customers
- Joint pricing initiatives resulting in more competitive fares and new fare products, as well as joint marketing of services
- Increased opportunities for customers of each airline to earn and redeem frequent flyer miles/points on services operated by the other
- A streamlined offering for corporate customers and for travel agents
- The ability to coordinate pricing for the sale of Australia and New Zealand package destinations by AA Vacations, American’s outlet for discount vacation packages
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