The approval, which was announced in Washington D.C. last night (Thursday 15 April), will permit greater coordination between the two airlines on the marketing, scheduling and selling of their services.
"This is excellent news which will allow American and SN Brussels Airlines to increase cooperation to the benefit of both airlines' customers," said Craig Kreeger, American's Vice President Europe & Pacific. "It comes as we are about to add a second daily transatlantic flight in cooperation with SN Brussels Airlines."
“We are very proud that, only 2 years after the launch of SN Brussels Airlines, we have established a solid and successful relationship with world’s largest airline American Airlines. “ says Executive Chairman Rob Kuijpers of SN Brussels Airlines. “The Anti-Trust immunity will allow us to deepen our commercial cooperation with American. It is excellent news for our customers. We can now offer them even better travel solutions.”
On May 17th, American Airlines will launch a new daily service between Brussels and New York JFK airport. SN Brussels Airlines will be a codeshare partner on this flight as they are on American's existing daily Brussels Chicago O'Hare service. American has operated between the USA and Belgium since May 1989.
American first launched a commercial alliance and codeshare agreement with SN Brussels Airlines in May 2003. This offers customers of American Airlines the opportunity to fly beyond Brussels with SN Brussels Airlines to a growing number of destinations throughout Europe and Africa. Conversely, SN Brussels Airlines customers are able to travel to major metropolitan areas in the United States as well as Canada and the Caribbean via Chicago and New York. Frequent flyers can continue to earn mileage credit and redeem award travel under American's AAdvantage and SN Brussels' Privilege programme whenever flying on services operated by the other carrier.
American and SN Brussels Airlines filed an application with the US Dept. of Transportation for anti-trust immunity on 13 November 2003. The DoT's ruling affirms such cooperation is in the public interest and favours the consumer.
About SN Brussels Airlines:
SN Brussels Airlines is the Belgian full-service airline based in Brussels offering its customers a gateway to Europe, Africa and the States. The company, which employs more than 2.000 people, guarantees more than 285 punctual flights a day to 53 European and 15 African cities, as well as direct daily flight between Brussels and Chicago, Brussels and New York (Starting May 16 2004) and several US destinations beyond. SN Brussels Airlines’ modern fleet consists of 38 aircraft. SN Brussels Airlines has commercial partnerships with world-class companies. Also a daily high-speed train service ‘Thalys’ between Brussels / Zaventem Airport and Paris Nord Railway station is offered.
Photo © Wim callaert
[Edited 2004-04-16 20:07:27]