American Airlines announced yesterday it is ending its code share agreements with Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways over an ongoing dispute about Gulf states’ support for the carriers. This comes after Qatar Airways just recently said it wanted to buy up to a 10 percent stake in American. The changes will go into effect February 25, 2019.
View from the Wing reports that “there are no changes to the frequent flier relationships or interline agreements at this time’ with either Etihad or Qatar”. That’s a relief for many, but changes could coming in the future.
This is the American Airlines full statement:
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.
This is definitely not good news for American Airlines, especially since they’ll be losing Alaska and Jet Airways partnerships as well at the end of this year.