US Department of Transportation has given its tentative approval to
Qantas and American Airlines for their joint business to better serve customers flying between the United States and Australia and New Zealand.
Final approval of the joint business will allow for commercial integration between the two carriers, delivering new routes and significant customer benefits not possible through any other form of cooperation.
As part of the case put to the DOT, Qantas and American said they would launch several new routes within the first two years of the proposed joint business. Qantas expects to announce details of two new routes – Brisbane-Chicago and Brisbane-San Francisco – once final approval is received.
“As was evident in the unprecedented level of public support for this application, the joint business will also create additional jobs at our respective companies and in the industries we serve,” said American’s Chairman and CEO Doug Parker.
“Both airlines submitted a compelling proposal to the DOT that would bring significant benefits to millions of travelers and a boost to tourism,” said
Qantas Group Chief Executive Officer, Alan Joyce. “For more than 30 years, Qantas and American have connected the US and Australia as partners. This joint business means that we’ll be able to deepen this partnership to offer new routes, better flight connections and more frequent flyer benefits.”
A final decision from the DOT is expected within the next few weeks.