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October 7, 2010

American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia Launch Trilateral Alliance with New Routes and Schedules

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By: Matt Molnar
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American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia on Wednesday announced new routes and additional frequencies that represent the official start of their joint business between North America and Europe.

The trilateral alliance will enable the airlines to compete more effectively with other global alliances on routes between Europe and North America, providing more competitive fares, more choices of flight times, and easier connections.

The new oneworld alliance routes that will begin next spring are New York JFK-Budapest and Chicago-Helsinki (operated by American Airlines), London Heathrow-San Diego (operated by British Airways) and Madrid-Los Angeles (operated by Iberia).

“We expect to attract more than 47 million visitors to New York City this year, and through its multi-year partnership with NYC & Company and the launch of its new flights from JFK to Budapest and Barcelona, American Airlines will help us grow even further and achieve our goal to welcome 50 million visitors annually by 2012,” said New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

American Airlines will also add more frequencies from New York’s JFK to Barcelona and from Miami to Madrid. With Wednesday’s announcement, customers can now travel more easily on all three of the partner airlines’ combined route network to more than 400 destinations in 105 countries with nearly 5,200 daily departures.

“We are very excited that American Airlines continues to grow their operations in Miami as evidenced by today’s announcement that they will be starting a second daily flight between Miami and Madrid,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez.