American Airlines said it will end codeshare relationships with the Middle East carriers Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways over an ongoing dispute about Gulf states’ support for the carriers.
The Airline said it is no longer makes sense to have a so-called code-sharing agreements with Qatar and Etihad because of the dispute.
According to Wikipedia, a codeshare agreement, also known as codeshare, is an aviation business arrangement where two or more airlines share the same flight. Sharing, in this sense, means that each airline publishes and markets the flight under its own airline designator and flight number as part of its published timetable or schedule.
The codeshare change means American will no longer sell tickets on aircraft operated by Qatar and Etihad as if they were its own flights. Previously, passengers were able to buy a ticket that included legs on American and one of the Middle Eastern carriers on a single itinerary.
According to an American Airline spokesperson, the decision has no material financial impact on American and is an extension of the stance against the illegal subsidies that these carriers receive from their governments.
Here is American Airline’s full statement via CNBC:
“In light of our ongoing dispute over the Open Skies agreements, American Airlines notified Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways on June 29 of our decision to terminate our codeshare relationships. Given the extremely strong public stance that American has taken on the ME3 issue, we have reached the conclusion that the codesharing relationships between American and these carriers no longer make sense for us. This decision has no material financial impact on American and is an extension of our stance against the illegal subsidies that these carriers receive from their governments. We are committed to doing everything we can to continue to support our team members and ensure that there is fair competition between American and the Gulf carriers.”