American Airlines ends code-shares on Malaysia Airlines flights

American Airlines is working with affected customers to rebook their itineraries after cancelling its code-shares with Malaysia Airlines. (AFP pic)

PETALING JAYA: American Airlines will no longer offer code-shares with Malaysia Airlines in the wake of the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) recent downgrade of Malaysia’s air safety rating.

According to travel website FlyerTalk, American Airlines’ senior corporate communication manager Andrea Koos said the decision was in compliance with FAA’s downgrade.

“We are working with affected customers to rebook their itineraries,” she said.

FAA’s downgrade subjects Malaysian-based airlines to flight restrictions and more checks, although the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) has said it will not affect local airlines, airports or air traffic services.

CAAM also said some of the FAA findings leading to the downgrade, including those on legislation, training and obligations, were “ambiguous”.

According to the report, Malaysia Airlines does not operate any direct flights to the US but is a code-share partner with American Airlines.

According to another site, View From The Wing, affected American Airlines customers can either request a rebooking with another Oneworld partner such as Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific or Cathay Dragon, or shift their booking to Malaysia Airlines.

CAAM said this was the first time Malaysia had been downgraded since achieving Category 1 status in 2003.

It also said it was confident of addressing the issue within 12 months and getting back its Category 1 rating.

Previously, Malaysia Airlines said some code-share agreements with partners for flights to and from the US could be disrupted by the safety rating downgrade.