American, US Airways to cross-sell flights

In baby step toward eventual combination, American and US Airways to sell each other's flights

Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- American Airlines and US Airways will begin selling tickets this month on each other's flights, a small step in the airlines' progress toward eventually combining fleets after last month's merger.

The airlines announced a so-called code-sharing agreement on Monday that will initially cover most flights between American hubs such as Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami and US Airways hubs including Charlotte, N.C., and Philadelphia; the US Airways shuttle on the East Coast, and some other U.S. and international routes.

Code-sharing starts Jan. 23 and will expand to all flights on both carriers in the coming weeks, they said.

The arrangement will, among other things, let customers book a single ticket on either airline's website that includes flights on each carrier.

The airlines expect that code-sharing will boost revenue by keeping customers who might otherwise book on another carrier. It is a step in the plan that calls for eliminating the US Airways name in about two years and operating all flights under the American Airlines banner.

Shares of parent American Airlines Group Inc. fell 70 cents, or 2.4 percent, to close Monday at $28.65, as airline stocks fell with the broader market, which had its worst day of 2014.

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