By: Air Traveller PH Staff
American Airlines and Philippine Airlines (PAL) have filed for permission to reciprocal codeshare before the United States' Department of Transportation (DOT). This comes after American Airlines continues to work on a medium-term strategy amid the reduction of long flights in its network due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
American Airlines will not put its airline code on PAL transpacific flights from the Philippines directly to the US mainland, instead, the former will put its code on PAL flights on Manila - Honolulu, Manila - Guam, Manila - Tokyo, and Cebu - Tokyo flights.
On the other hand, PAL will put its code on domestic American Airlines flights from Los Angeles to Atlanta, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, and Washington DC.
In a report from Forbes, it said that American is PAL’s first continental U.S. partner. PAL has long been urged to develop more partnerships, in particular for the U.S., its largest long-haul market. (PAL partners with Hawaiian Airlines for intra-Hawaii travel, and WestJet for Canada.) American is often considered the friendliest legacy U.S. airline for foreign airlines to partner with; hence American partners with both Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways.
Presently, PAL flies to three destinations in the US mainland namely Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York from Manila. This May, PAL is looking to mount direct Cebu to Los Angeles flights.