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- Jun 6, 2005
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- Belly-View, WA
This was an inevitability. After Alaska acquired Virgin, it became too big a competitor to the large domestic airlines and they began dialing back the terms of the partnership relationship. Some relationships were lost during the spate of mergers as some partners disappeared. Then, when Alaska turned down Delta's merger offer, Delta cut out Alaska and started competing directly out of Seattle. Then they lost Aeromexico. Then American scaled back the relationship once, with another scale back set to take place. The only real course of Alaska was to formally join one of the alliances, and OneWorld was the logical choice.
Alaska Airlines and American Airlines expand their partnership to give flyers more international travel routes from Seattle
Alaska and American will expand their code-share to include more West Coast international routes. American Airlines also plans to start direct flights from Seattle to Bangalore, India and London's Heathrow Airport in 2020 and 2021, respectively.
Alaska Airlines and American Airlines are planning to expand their partnership, the airlines announced in a news release Thursday morning, and this will potentially offer travelers from Seattle access to an extensive network of international flight routes.
Instead of carrying out existing plans to dial back their domestic code-share relationship this March, Alaska and American will expand that code-share to include West Coast international routes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. (Though, this proposed change requires Department of Transportation approval before it can take effect.)
But perhaps the biggest news for Seattlites who frequently travel internationally is that Alaska plans to join the oneworld alliance, a network of 13 global airlines that includes the likes of Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Qantas and Japan Airlines. The goal is to offer international travelers ease of connection and allow them to benefit from shared services among the member airlines.