In the recent development of events, an official from the world’s largest airline in terms of the fleet- American Airlines has said that the airline is in the process of getting requisite approvals from the US government for its codeshare agreement with the IndiGo airlines. He added that the partnership between the two global giants may be initiated from March of next year. Earlier in September, it was announced, that American Airlines and IndiGo will be entering into a codeshare agreement that will give access to the American carrier to sell tickets on its distribution system of the Indian airline operating on 29 routes.
American Airlines is All Set to Expand
Previously American Airlines had resumed its services to India starting from November 12 after a gap period of over a decade. American Airlines' Managing Director (Sales), Tom Lattig has said that the airline will now be flying Seattle – Bengaluru flight from March 25 in place of January 4 as decided earlier. He said that the airline has decided to push the date as the route will majorly depend on corporate travel and so far, the statistics of corporate travel haven’t been impressive.
He further told that the airline has over 2000 agreements in place with various companies in the United States. The traffic from Seattle – Bengaluru route is expected to arrive at the west coast and the airline is already with their corporate agreements with the big technology firms in the area. He said that American Airlines will be providing special pricing for the new service to India after talking to these companies.
Tom Lattig also talked about the competition the airline will face from the Gulf carriers especially Qatar Airways and Emirates who share the majority of traffic on India-US routes and India-Europe routes with the help of their one-stop flights. He said that the airline is hopeful about taking over the traffic through their non-stop flights. He added that the market is going to get bigger and the airline is keen on taking over the traffic on these routes and building a new market. He also talked about the pent-up demand for flights for India-North America Routes.