American and Qantas Get Final DOT Approval for Joint Venture
American Airlines has received final approval from the Department of Transportation for a joint business agreement with Qantas. American and the Australian flag carrier now have the opportunity to jointly offer more products for customers flying between the US and Australia and New Zealand. Doug Parker, American’s CEO, said the airlines can now launch new routes and provide enhanced service with better schedules, additional frequent flyer benefits and continued investments in the overall customer experience. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao noted that this was the first completed review of an airline joint venture proposal during the Trump administration. Both carriers are members of the OneWorld alliance and have said they plan up to three new routes within the first two years as well as increasing capacity on existing routes.