American and British Airways to begin joint venture next month

Flying premier class between the U.S. and UK may soon become easier as two national airlines begin their work together.

After almost 14 years of working for and asking for anti-trust immunity, American Airlines and British Airways announced that they will be starting their joint venture in October, according to the Star-Telegram.

The two airlines recently received anti-trust immunity and approval for their joint cause from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the European Commission this past summer, according to the news source.

"We're very excited about that," BA's vice president for the Americas, Simon Talling-Smith, told Bloomberg News last week. "We're going to work a lot harder with the other airlines to make sure that when our customers connect at key airports, like Chicago, like London, New York or Madrid, that the connection is a lot smoother."

Iberia, another OneWorld partner of the two airlines, also received anti-trust immunity this past summer.

American Airlines is also working on receiving anti-trust approval with Japan Airlines in October.ADNFCR-3467-ID-19941314-ADNFCR


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