Alaska and American expand codeshare

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Alaska Airlines and American Airlines have expanded their domestic codeshare agreement, mostly on routes to and from California.

Seattle-based Alaska will place its code on 19 additional Fort Worth-based American routes from Dallas-Fort Worth and Los Angeles, while American will place its code on 22 additional Alaska routes from the San Francisco bay area and San Diego.

"For more than a decade our customers have benefited greatly from our relationship with American Airlines," says Andrew Harrison, vice-president of planning and revenue management at Alaska, in a statement. "This codeshare expansion will offer our customers even greater access to American's extensive network."

"The relationship American has with Alaska is strategically important to us as it expands our reach along the West Coast, providing our customers with access to destinations beyond our network," says Kurt Stache, vice-president of strategic alliances at American, in a statement.

The expanded codeshare is possible under a new contract between American and its pilots that was ratified in December 2012. The new agreement allows for unlimited domestic codeshares on Alaska.