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American Airlines and Jetstar announce codeshare and interline agreements

Oct 13, 2010

FORT WORTH, Texas - American Airlines and Jetstar, a Qantas Group airline, announced today that they have signed an agreement establishing a codeshare relationship between several destinations in New Zealand. American will place its AA* code on the following flights operated by Jetstar:

Auckland – Christchurch

Auckland – Queenstown

Auckland – Wellington

Christchurch – Queenstown

Christchurch – Wellington

In addition, an interline agreement between American Airlines and Jetstar has been launched, delivering enhanced customer access for customers to or from the United States across Jetstar's growing Australian and New Zealand flight networks, now totaling more than 20 destinations.

Members of American's AAdvantage® program are able to earn mileage credit on all American-marketed flights. Jetstar flights marketed under the Qantas (QF*) code are also eligible for award redemption.

"We're very pleased to announce our agreement with Jetstar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of our oneworld® partner Qantas. Jetstar has established itself as a world-leading low-fare airline for customers in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The relationship we announced today will add significant value for our customers traveling throughout New Zealand," said Virasb Vahidi, American's Chief Commercial Officer.

Jetstar Group Chief Executive Officer Bruce Buchanan said: "Our proposed codeshare agreement with American Airlines will enable its customers to combine travel on Jetstar, American Airlines and other codeshare carriers such as Qantas as part of a single booking," Buchanan said.

Jetstar operates multiple daily services to four key destinations within New Zealand, including its hub at Auckland as well as Christchurch, Queenstown, and Wellington.

"As the second largest airline in New Zealand and the fastest growing in our core Australian market, customers of American Airlines will gain even greater flexibility, convenience and choice of destinations when traveling to or within both countries," said Buchanan.

American currently serves Australia and the Asia-Pacific with codeshare service (AA*) on oneworld partner Qantas to Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from its Los Angeles gateway. With hubs in Sydney and Singapore, Jetstar serves 18 countries in the Asia-Pacific region with nearly 2,000 flights a week. Implementation of the codeshare arrangement is contingent upon certain governmental and regulatory approvals.

American Airlines and Jetstar announce codeshare and interline agreements

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