Amidst everything that’s going on with the crisis, it looks like American Airlines is intending to launch a new codeshare partnership with Philippine Airlines.
In the past few months, we have seen American expand its partnership with multiple airlines.
If you haven’t heard already, Philippine Airlines and United Airlines have been fighting over slot allocations: Why United Airlines Is Attacking Philippine Airlines
The basic summary of that topic - United Airlines wants to expand in Manila Airport by adding a second daily Guam flight but the authorities that control Manila Airport’s slots are rejecting United’s request. So, United Airlines is asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to reject Philippine Airlines’ upcoming Manila to Seattle flight.
Just a few days ago, American and Philippine Airlines filed for a reciprocal codeshare partnership covering these routes:
American Airlines operated by Philippine Airlines
Cebu – Tokyo
Manila – Guam
Manila – Honolulu
Manila – Tokyo
Philippine Airlines operated by American Airlines
Los Angeles – Atlanta
Los Angeles – Denver
Los Angeles – Houston
Los Angeles – Las Vegas
Los Angeles – Miami
Los Angeles – New Orleans
Los Angeles – Orlando
Los Angeles – Washington
Most notably, American will place its code on Philippine Airlines’ Manila to Guam flight, which is the route United Airlines seeks to increase.
This is likely speculative, but this seems like an attack on United Airlines as Philippine Airlines and United continue to battle. So, Philippine Airlines decided to bring in American Airlines.
Aside from that, this new partnership is pretty basic as the airlines haven’t planned codesharing for continental U.S. to Asia flights just yet.
This is where it could get a bit more insane… could we see Philippine Airlines join Oneworld?
Recently, All Nippon Airways bought a 9.5% stake in Philippine Airlines, which suggests Philippine could join Star Alliance. However, with United arguing with PAL, that may be unlikely.
Or possibly crazier - could we see American Airlines launch a Seattle to Manila flight instead of Philippine Airlines? American Airlines could receive the necessary slots and approval by both the Manila Airport authorities and the U.S. DOT, so Philippine Airlines could simply codeshare on the route. As American Airlines recently established Seattle as an international gateway and announced flights to Bangalore and London, an American Airlines flight to Manila doesn’t sound so crazy anymore.
Application - https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOT-OST-2020-0033-0001
PAL A330 - https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/8511257
United 737 - https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9433142
PAL 777 - https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9228024
American 777 - https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9563380
Overall, the timing of this makes it seem like Philippine Airlines is trying counterattack United, and has decided to bring American with it.
It’s also notable, that despite COVID-19 destroying airlines, American and Philippine Airlines wish to expedite the approval of this partnership:
What are your thoughts?