American Airlines and Qantas gain approval to form joint venture

CNET | 7/19/2019 | Corinne Reichert
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Qantas and AA coordinate flight pricing, sales and frequent flyer programs.

American Airlines and Qantas have gained approval to form a joint venture from the US government. The Department of Transportation (DOT) on Friday authorized the joint venture to coordinate their flight plans and pricing, frequent flyer programs and sales, Reuters reported earlier.

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The two airlines are already both part of the OneWorld Alliance, which means Qantas members can earn frequent flyer points on AA flights and vice versa. The JV would allow for better coordination, extra capacity on existing flights and three new flight routes in the next two years, according to Reuters.

The DOT confirmed the approval to CNET, saying final approval follows the draft decision in June. It would benefit consumers by providing more flights and more seats (https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot4219), the department said in a statement.

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"The carriers are now expected to begin coordinating their planning, pricing, sales and frequent flyer activities to offer customers a single proposition on trans-Pacific flights, with new options and customer service enhancements," the DOT said...
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