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DOT APPROVES USAIR/BRITISH AIRWAYS CODE-SHARING SERVICE FOR 60 DAYS

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Transportation today approved for 60 days a request by USAir and British Airways to expand their joint operations in the United States under the bilateral agreement between the two countries.
 In approving the new service for only a short period, the department noted certain problems experienced in accessing Heathrow Airport at commercially viable times, and its disappointment in the slow progress of the renegotiation of the U.S-U.K. bilateral agreement.
 "I stated in March that the current bilateral agreement, Bermuda 2, was unacceptable, but nevertheless approved the code-sharing request by British Airways for a 12-month period while we renegotiated the agreement. This new code-sharing request by British Airways, just five months later, further strains our relationship as we enter the most sensitive phase of our renegotiation," said Secretary of Transportation Federico Pena. "We have been disappointed with the pace of negotiations thus far in resolving the core issues necessary for a new agreement. In this regard, we recently presented the U.K. with a comprehensive proposal and we look forward to receiving a constructive response by our December meeting," Pena said.
 At the same time, the department also announced that it was conducting an evaluation of the effects of the USAir/British Airways code-sharing arrangement to date, as well as its likely effects in the future.
 British Airways and USAir asked for approval of expanded code- sharing rights, under which British Airways offers air transportation between interior U.S. points and the United Kingdom using USAir flights on the U.S. leg of the journey, to an additional 28 points in the United States. Last March, the department approved such arrangements for service to 38 points.
 Thus, under the expanded code-share a total of 66 U.S. ports would be served.
 The new services also may be conducted via more U.S. gateway cities than the three approved last March, and may serve Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester, as well as London, in the United Kingdom.
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 /CONTACT: Hal Paris of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-366-5571/
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