British Airways has indicated it would like to revive cooperation talks with American Airlines. BA and American are marketing partners in the One World Alliance. A proposed code-sharing agreement between AA and BA fell through in 2001 over concerns by the U.S. government about market dominance on transatlantic routes. The two airlines account for more than half of flights between Healthrow and U.S. gateway airports.
American Airlines has carried over 74 million passengers so far this year, compared with BA’s 19 million. American’s parent company, however, has posted a lost of US$761 (or 432 pounds sterling), compared to BA’s last year operating profit of 530 million pounds sterling.