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Korean Air Codeshares on American Airlines’ Flight from Dallas to Seoul

Dallas - Seoul Codeshare American Korean Air

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As reported by Experience The Skies on trending aviation news with  corresponding insight, American Airlines (AA) and Korean Air Lines (KE) started its codeshare partnership on AA’s flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Incheon International Airport (ICN). Find more information on this partnership below.

Details

KE started placing its code on AA’s flights as shown in the following infographic:

Dallas - Seoul Codeshare American Korean Air
Dallas – Seoul Codeshare American Korean Air – Information taken from airlines’ website. Infographic created by Experience The Skies – April 7, 2015 (All Rights Reserved)

The AA flight is operated five times weekly on a Boeing 777-200 aircraft with 247 seats. This is equipped with first, business and economy classes with older generation amenities.

Dallas - Seoul Codeshare American Korean Air - Aircraft Data -
Dallas – Seoul Codeshare American Korean Air – Aircraft Data – Information taken from airlines’ website. Infographic created by Experience The Skies – April 7, 2015 (All Rights Reserved)

For SKYPASS(R) members, effective April 1, 2015, when traveling on this AA flight, they will earn miles based on the chart shown below:

Miles Accrual Table of American Airlines’ Marketed & Operated Dallas/Fort-Worth Airport (DFW )to Incheon International Airport (ICN) Flights

Routes
Seat Class
Accrual Rate
Dallas/Fort-Worth to Incheon Routes(Marketed and operated by American Airlines)* First Class                                 (A,F,P) 150%
Business Class                       (D,I,J,R) 150%
Economy Class  (Y,B,W,H,K,M,L,V,G,Q,N,O,S) 100%

* American Airlines’ other routes are not eligible for earning SKYPASS miles.

* Seat Classes not included in the accrual table are not eligible for earning SKYPASS miles.

These miles will count towards elite status provided that they are purchased with KE flight codes (i.e. passengers purchasing on American Airlines’ website with AA flight codes would not be eligible to earn any miles). Additionally, elite benefits associated with Morning Calm Club(R), Premium Club(R) or Million Miler Club(R) would not be extended on the AA flight (For example, elite members with the above status would not be able to receive lounge access or receive additional checkin/baggage privileges unless they are flying first or business class.

Analysis

This is the first time American Airlines and Korean Air Lines codeshare on a route. Note that this agreement is only one way. American Airlines is not codesharing on Korean Air Lines flight from Dallas to Incheon and AAdvantage(R) members will not earn any miles on that flight.

One of the reason for the strategic move on Korean Air Lines’ part is to potentially deter its chief rival Asiana Airlines (OZ) to start its own flight connecting the two destinations (OZ already has cargo operations at DFW). Additional reasons for this partnership can be found in this link.

The mileage accruals are actually better than KE’s own flights as the AA operated flights would get 100% mileages vs 70-80% for various discount flights.

Seat Class & Reservation Class
Accrual Rate
First Class R 200%
P 165%
F 150%
Prestige Class J 135%
C, D, I 125%
Z 100%
Economy Class Y, W, B, M, S, H, E, K, L, U 100%
G 80%
Q, N, T 70%
A, O, X, V No Accrual

* Booking class can be confirmed via e-ticket itinerary receipt.

If this partnership is successful, it may be an opportunity for both to extend their route network. American Airlines uses Japan Airlines (JL) and Cathay Pacific (CX) to feed Northeast Asia traffic currently, they can benefit with more reach from ICN (ranked no.23 on our 2014 top 30 list – refer to link). Korean Air Lines might extend this partnership if ever American Airlines decides to start new routes to ICN.

Final Call

The partnership between the two airlines is very strategic in nature. We will observe how this arrangement performs and report with new information in the future.

 

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