British Airways to Begin Joint Venture with American Next Month

British Airways (BAIRY) will begin a joint venture next month on flights across the Atlantic with American Airlines (AMR), after nearly 13 years of planning.

The carriers will align their frequent-flier programs, allowing travelers to earn and use miles on the two airlines, Bloomberg News said. They will coordinate their schedule in 2011, then add new destinations in the U.S. and Europe.

"We're very excited about that," Simon Talling-Smith, British Airways' vice president for the Americas, told Bloomberg News. "We're going to work a lot harder with the other airlines to make sure that when our customers connect at key airports, like Chicago, like London, New York or Madrid, that the connection is a lot smoother."

British Airways and American Airlines won regulatory approval for the deal in July, after regulators blocked the planned link-up in 1997 and 2001. Together, the two will control almost half of U.S. flights at Heathrow Airport.

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air france is the best air line, and the pilots are sooooooooooo good looking!!!!!!!!!!!! loooool

September 08 2010 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As far as I knew BA & AA have been in partnership for a few years....That is why I stopped flying BA, their service now sucks....

September 08 2010 at 3:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Too bad. A combination of two airlines, whose hallmarks have become apathy and disdain for their clients, can only bode bad for passengers. Control of close to 1/2 of the flights from the US to London will only result in higher prices, and even less concern for their passengers. With BA now charging for giving advance seat assignments, it will only be a matter of time before AA decides that they can also charge one more unreasonable fee to their passengers as well.

September 08 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply