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Swissair finds new partner on trans-Atlantic routes

Switzerland’s national airline has formed an alliance with American Airlines. The ten year deal will introduce code sharing on trans-Atlantic flights.

This content was published on November 18, 1999 - 12:09

Switzerland’s national airline has formed an alliance with American Airlines. The ten year deal will introduce code sharing on trans-Atlantic flights, and comes only one month after Delta Airlines announced it was ending its partnership with Swissair.

The agreement with American came into force Sunday on flights to Chicago, Boston, Miami and Washington. The deal also includes the Belgian carrier, Sabena. Swissair’s parent company, the SAir Group, owns a 49 per cent share in Sabena.

The airlines said they hoped all trans-Atlantic flights between the United States, Switzerland and Belgium would be included in the coming years.

They said they would formally ask the US authorities for immunity from anti-trust legislation. That would enable them to cooperate more closely on setting airfares and choosing destinations. However, the head of SAir, Philippe Bruggisser, said the new partnership would not lead to a merger.

Bruggisser also said it didn’t pose a threat to American’s participation in the global airline alliance, OneWorld, and didn’t preview Swissair’s possible entry into OneWorld.

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