The integration of American Airlines and US Airways will continue next week as the carriers begin code-sharing on selected flights on Jan. 23. That means customers will be able buy a ticket for an American flight or US Airways flight using either website.
“Implementing this code share so early in the integration process allows us to begin realizing significant revenue synergies, which are estimated to exceed $1 billion annually by 2015,” American’s president Scott Kirby said Monday in a statement.
The first phase of the agreement will include placing US Airways code on most American flights operated between American’s hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and JFK Airport in New York, and US Airways hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington Reagan. American’s code will be placed on similar hub flights operated by US Airways.
American will also place its code on US Airways’ shuttle service along the East Coast while US Airways will place its code on some domestic flights from Chicago and DFW for destinations that US Airways currently doesn’t serve.
A few international flights will also have code-shares in place, the carriers said. The airlines expect to have the code-sharing in place for all flights in the coming weeks.
American and US Airways completed their merger in December. The two carriers are expected to continue operating separate flight schedules for more than a year as they work to integrate operations and obtain a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. Eventually, the US Airways name will go away.