Without anti-trust immunity for its partnership, American Airlines and Qantas Airways are modifying their codeshare agreements.
On Tuesday, American said it will remove its code from Qantas’ flights between Sydney and Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles and New York starting on September 30. Qantas plans to remove its code share from American’s nonstop flight between Los Angeles and Sydney.
The Fort Worth-based carrier said it will also change its frequent-flier miles policy with Qantas so AAdvantage members will earn fewer miles on those flights.
The changes stem from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s rejection in November of American and Qantas’ application for anti-trust immunity for its joint venture partnership. With a new presidential administration, American executives said last week it plans to refile the application.
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“We are hopeful our new application will get a fair review under the new administration by making a strong case for the even greater consumer, tourism and trade benefits that would come with antitrust immunity,” the carrier said in a statement on Tuesday.