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United Airlines and Aer Lingus sign Codeshare and Frequent Flyer Agreement

Search ASIA Travel Tips .com Latest Travel News Wednesday, 9 April 2008

United Airlines and Aer Lingus have signed an agreement to offer codeshare flights, which would expand the international destinations and frequent flyer benefits offered to customers of both carriers.

The proposed agreement will result in more flight options for customers traveling between the United States and Ireland. The carriers also plan to give customers of United's Mileage Plus and Aer Lingus’ Gold Circle Club programs the opportunity to redeem miles to travel to new destinations and to accrue frequent flyer miles on select flights.

"We are pleased to partner with a carrier that expands our own network across the U.S. and shares our commitment to excellent service," said Dermot Mannion, Aer Lingus CEO. “We believe that this agreement will strengthen our position in the US market as we capitalize on the scale and the strength of the United Airlines network.”

The agreement between the two carriers is pending government approval and is expected to begin around 1 November 2008.

"Chicago and Ireland have a rich history, and our relationship with Aer Lingus will give our customers more non-stop destinations across the Atlantic," added Michael Whitaker, United's senior vice president – Alliances, International and Regulatory Affairs. "Partnering with the national carrier of Ireland gives customers convenient, comfortable service to the Emerald Isle and supports our strategy of international growth."

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