American Airlines Applauds U.S. Department of Transportation Approval of Its Reciprocal Codeshare Agreement With Hainan Airlines of the People's Republic of China
New Relationship Gives Customers More Options on Flights in U.S.-China Markets
FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines, a founding member of oneworld®, today publicly thanked the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for granting its request to approve a reciprocal codeshare agreement with Hainan Airlines of the People's Republic of China.
"This decision comes after Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping appeared at the White House on Tuesday with President Barack Obama, who stressed that the U.S. is focused on building a better economic and strategic relationship between the two nations," said Will Ris, American's Senior Vice President – Government Affairs. "In this spirit, American applauds the president and DOT for their approval of the proposed codeshare relationship between American and Hainan Airlines, China's fourth largest carrier.
"This new codeshare relationship will promote travel and tourism and further strengthen economic and cultural ties between the U.S. and China," Ris added. "A codeshare relationship will allow American and Hainan to efficiently connect Chinese air travelers from cities throughout China to the U.S. via Beijing and Shanghai. Similarly, the approval will create more convenient travel options for U.S. consumers when traveling to China."
With this approval, Hainan will be able to display the AA* designator code on its flights between the U.S. and China (currently Seattle-Beijing) and on its flights within China beyond American's Beijing and Shanghai gateways. In addition, American may now display the HU* code on its flights between the U.S. and China (currently Chicago-Beijing, Chicago-Shanghai and Los Angeles-Shanghai) and on flights operated by American within the U.S. beyond Hainan's Seattle gateway.
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