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  • Joe Breitfeller

Alaska Airlines, American Airlines Announce New West Coast International Alliance

Alaska Airlines announced on Wednesday a new West Coast International Alliance with American Airlines which will connect Alaska’s West Coast network to American’s long haul routes. American will also launch Seattle-Bangalore and Seattle-London (Heathrow) service.

Alaska and American Announce New West Coast International Alliance - Courtesy Alaska Airlines/American Airlines

Late yesterday, Alaska Airlines announced the formation of a new West Coast International Alliance with American Airlines, expanding on their existing relationship. The alliance will connect Alaska’s West Coast network with American’s long-haul network. As part of the arrangement, American will also launch new service from Seattle (SEA) to Bangalore, India from October 2020 and SEA-London (LHR) in March 2021. Additionally, Alaska Airlines has announced their intention to join the oneworld® alliance by summer 2021, which will connect Alaska guests to over 1,200 global destinations.

The carriers will continue their existing domestic codeshare which will be expanded to include international routes from both Los Angeles (LAX) and SEA. Loyalty program members will also be able to earn and redeem miles on both airlines’ complete networks and will enjoy elite status reciprocity and access to nearly 50 American Admiral’s Club lounges worldwide and Alaska’s seven domestic lounges. In Wednesday’s announcement, Alaska Airlines’ President, Ben Minicucci said,

“Alaska has always been proud to serve Seattle, the city that we all call home. We’re thrilled to give our guests more choice, broader use of loyalty benefits, and seamless global service with American and oneworld. Additionally, international service to global business and tech hubs Heathrow and Bangalore is a tremendous win for the growing Seattle region and the West Coast.”

Also commenting on the new alliance, American Airlines’ President, Robert Isom added,

“Alaska has been an outstanding partner for nearly 40 years, and we’re excited to expand West Coast international service together. By connecting American’s strength in long-haul international flying and Alaska’s presence across the West Coast, we will build a better network for our customers than either airline could build alone. Together, we will deliver more value, benefits and choice across the U.S. and around the globe.”

Alaska Airlines and their regional partners operate 1,300 daily flights to 116 destinations in the US, Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. The award-winning airline serves over 47 million guests annually and has been named “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America” by J.D. Power for the last 12 years.

American Airlines operates 6,800 daily flights to over 365 destinations in 61 countries. Serving over 200 million customers annually, the airline has invested over $28 billion since 2013 in its people, products and services. The airline currently operates the youngest fleet as compared to the other large U.S. network carriers.

Source(s): Alaska Airlines, American Airlines

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