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said it will enter into a code-share agreement with India's

Kingfisher Airlines.

Kingfisher has said it will join the Oneworld alliance. The code-share agreement will strengthen its relationship with American and will ease connections for passengers on both airlines, in advance of the Oneworld membership.

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Initially, the agreement will enable American to place its code on Kingfisher domestic flights beyond Delhi, where the two carriers share a terminal. American will also codeshare on Kingfisher flights from London Heathrow to Delhi and Mumbai, while Kingfisher will put its code on American's Chicago-Delhi flight and on select American flights between Heathrow and the U.S.

The agreement also enables passengers to select which carrier's frequent flier miles they will accumulate on the code-share flights. Going forward, the carriers may allow choices regarding redemption.

In other Oneworld news, Russian carrier


formally joined the alliance last week.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.

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