British Airways has commenced a codeshare with US Airways, placing the BA tag on nearly 40 flights to North American and Caribbean destinations.
US Airways is mid-way through a merger with American Airlines and the BA partnership is a natural extension of the existing codeshare and joint transatlantic venture with American.
In the reciprocal arrangement, US Airways’ passengers can fly with BA to more than 70 destinations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
The codeshare will initially cover nearly all of the two carriers’ transatlantic flights. BA customers can book the US Airways’ services to Charlotte and Philadelphia from 18 European destinations for travel from May 14.
Similarly, US Airways’ passengers will see the carrier’s code placed on BA flights to London from 21 destinations in North America. All remaining destinations will be phased in by the end of the summer.
Steve Ronald, BA head of alliances, said: "Our codeshare arrangement with US Airways, and the addition of its extensive network to our schedule, marks another milestone in our Joint Business."
Kurt Stache, American Airlines' senior vice-president of alliances and partnerships, added: "US Airways' entry into the Atlantic Joint Business marked a crucial step in our overall integration process, and this codeshare arrangement with our long term partner British Airways is essential to the continued expansion of our combined networks."
Members of BA Executive Club and US Airways Dividend Miles loyalty programmes will be able to earn points when travelling on codeshare flights operated by the other airline.