AA announces Seaborne codeshare relationship

A Seaborne aircraft at Melville Hall
A Seaborne aircraft at Melville Hall

Travelers to Dominica who utilize American Airline (AA) and Seaborne Airlines will now have easier access to both airlines.

On Monday AA announced that it has launched a new codeshare agreement with St. Croix-based Seaborne, providing access to six Caribbean destinations including Dominica.

The codeshare agreement allows AA to place its code on Seaborne’s flights between San Juan (SJU) and Dominica (DOM), Fort-de-France, Martinique (FDF), Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe (PTP), Tortola, British Virgin Islands (EIS), Vieques, Puerto Rico (VQS) and Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands (VIJ).

Travelers can start booking codeshare flights from Monday (June 24) for travel beginning June 27, 2013.

“American is committed to providing our customers with easy and convenient access to destinations around the globe,” said Kurt Stache, American’s Vice President – Strategic Alliances. “This new codeshare relationship with Seaborne affirms that commitment by expanding our global network to include more travel options to the Caribbean.”

Members of the American Airlines AAdvantage® program will be eligible to earn miles on the codeshare flights operated by Seaborne, providing another valuable benefit of the relationship and AA’s customers will be able to redeem miles on Seaborne flights later this year, AA said in announcing the codeshare launch.

In early April Seaborne began offering daily flights between Melville Hall Airport and Luis Muñoz Marín Airport in San Juan, a route that was normally served by American Eagle.

This, after the Eagle said it would be suspending flights from San Juan in 2013 to a number of Caribbean destinations as it attempts to shave US$75-million per year in labor costs.

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50 Comments

  1. Somebody
    July 8, 2013

    I personally wish I know who the agents are. Some people may not be too interested in Seaborne which also have me wondering, are there still more or less Ross University students go back and forth to D/ca?

  2. daily
    July 3, 2013

    but who are the agents for seaborne airlines nah?

  3. Hasani
    July 1, 2013

    Ever since Seaborne started going to and from D/ca, are there still more or less Ross University students go back and forth to D/ca.

  4. great
    June 27, 2013

    Sorry I will stick with LIAT

  5. Brains
    June 26, 2013

    y dominicans acting up like AA is the only airline that could take u to the US from puerto rico…?

  6. CB
    June 26, 2013

    But I booked a flight on AA to Dominica last month. All I did was clicked on “all airlines” instead of American Airline only.

  7. Checkhall
    June 26, 2013

    So why did AA stop flying American Eagle out of some islands and now partnering with another airline to do the same things that they ended. ????
    inquiring minds want to know.

    • STILL
      June 26, 2013

      because they are no longer responsible for all the staffing and maintenance cost. they will simply be selling tickets to seaborne flights. seaborne will be responsible for maintenance of their aircraft and all staffing and other costs. since american eagle was a subsidiary of American airlines the were responsible for all costs associated with that airline. American will still have to ensure that seaborne will meet all requirements for safety and other regulations.

  8. June 25, 2013

    Seaborne, make travel easy for passengers. The more passengers you attract the more money you make, meaning the airfare have to be a reasonable one. NOT JUST TALK.

  9. Francisco Telemaque
    June 25, 2013

    There can be a million different airline, singing code share to travel to Dominica, that will not make any significant difference in accessing Dominica by air!

    What would have meant something would be American Airlines flying directly from any State in the United State, directly to Dominica. Martinique, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, all have International Airports, so it does not matter if the thirty seater crop duster Sea-monster fly to any of the destinations mentioned:

    Dominica is still at a disadvantage, without an International Airport, and the new arrangement means nothing to Dominicans, and visitors who are traveling to Dominica.

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • STILL
      June 26, 2013

      For someone who lives in the US i sometimes wonder what are you really thinking. Do you believe that American airlines would cut out the cheaper service to fly larger more expensive aircraft to the Caribbean region? Here in the US alot of these major airlines are switching to the so called “crop Dusters” to cut costs on shorter flights. And in regards to overnighting this even occurs in the US. And do you really expect american to fly from every state to every island. They do not fly direct from every state to each other you really expect them to do that for the caribbean?

  10. wisewoman
    June 25, 2013

    So far it looks like flying AA to NY and back means spending the night in San Juan,both ways! That is a deterrent. I will check other airlines. Why would anyone want to take 2 days to get where they need to go? What a hassle.

  11. Go do your homework
    June 25, 2013

    Not functioning yet though, although the article stated that travellers could commence booking codeshare flights from yesterday. Hopefully, it will be up and running pretty soon.

    • STILL
      June 25, 2013

      It is up and running. I just checked flights from Seattle to Dominica and found available flights on americans site.

  12. BigMe
    June 25, 2013

    Looking good looking good now i don’t have to plan for connecting flight(personally) they made things easier for me.

    • June 25, 2013

      Hope the airfare will be reasonable.

  13. ok .
    June 25, 2013

    My question is , do i have to still pay two separate luggage fees , one from America to Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico to Dominica ?

    • June 25, 2013

      Let us hope not.

    • Megso
      June 26, 2013

      You better believe it, unless the US to Puerto Rico leg is free. talking from experience.

      Both ways. Unless you buy the more expensive tickets

      Checked Luggage Most Fares

      Any bag that does not fit into 22 x 14 x 9in sizer must be checked
      Any bag above 50lbs must be checked
      No bags allowed above 70lbs
      1st Bag $25, 2nd Bag $35, 3rd Bag $75

      Checked Luggage For Y (Unrestricted) O (Restricted), & B (Corporate)

      Any bag that does not fit into 22 x 14 x 9in sizer must be checked
      Any bag above 50lbs must be checked
      No bags allowed above 70lbs
      1st Bag FREE, 2nd Bag $35, 3rd Bag $75

    • CB
      June 26, 2013

      No it goes directly .

    • dominican
      July 1, 2013

      Yes u have to pay for your luggage from Puerto Rico to Dominica and also when u are leaving Dominica also. My son and I had one piece of luggage each, no overweight, and was told that because we did not have a connecting flight with American airline that we had to pay for our luggage which cost me 162.00. So those of u planning to travel on seaborne beware.

  14. Rastar-Marn
    June 25, 2013

    Aright so can we go to AA.com and now book a flight directly from Dominica to any US port with no hassle???

    Someone need to get some clarification to dis wi cause Marn go see if Marn can book ticket and Marn get Dis yeh –

    “Check below for errors :
    No flights were found. Try expanding your search by selecting alternate dates, class of service, airports, number of stops or including more carriers. Please check Where We Fly for airports we serve.”

    • Anonymous
      June 26, 2013

      Yes you can, in the choose carrier option, check all airlines

  15. Megso
    June 25, 2013

    I don’t know how long they will fly. Small aircraft, any time they have a full plane they have to leave baggage back in PR. Soon they will have a worse reputation than LIAT.
    Also they have a 2 tier pricing deal. Some higher fares give free bags, but the economy fares all charge $25.00 US per bag.
    They will take all your carry on from you & pack in the hold, but when it comes time to leave bags in PR, those same carryon’s are likely to be left back.

    • Anthony Ismael
      June 26, 2013

      A larger aircraft means additional cost for the company. They will not add one just for the sake of doing so. If the route proves to be profitable, then they will make the right decision.

  16. Harriet Tubman
    June 25, 2013

    :) Great news.

  17. Anon
    June 25, 2013

    I just did a search on AA for flights from the US to Dominica and got no results. The article says effective the 24th which was yesterday, Does anyone have some info on this….where can the flight be booked. Thanks

    • June 25, 2013

      I have been having the same problem.

    • CB
      June 26, 2013

      You have to go advanced search and check all Airlines. This has been like this for a while now.

  18. hope
    June 25, 2013

    Great. That should make my summer travels so much easier. Nice

  19. Anthony P. Ismael
    June 25, 2013

    I hope that means same-day connection to Dominica via San Juan. If the price remains the same, more Dominicans will be able to fly home this summer.

  20. Jazzy
    June 25, 2013

    Same bull, I still cannot get an affordable, descent flight from AA to Seaborne coming from the New York area. Especially when the time changes. That’s what they need to fix. Stupes

    • Big1
      June 25, 2013

      I did manage to get a same day connecting flight from NY via San Juan to Dominica. It was booked through AA and was relatively inexpensive.

    • Malatete
      June 25, 2013

      Have you tried traveling from NewYork via Barbados instead? Both AA and JetBlue operate this route either with a stop in Miami or direct. Prices from about U.S.$ 440 return. You will arrive in Barbados early afternoon, in time for a same-day connecting Liat flight to Melville Hall. Check it out.

      • Malatete
        June 26, 2013

        PS. This routing will also allow you to make your return journey on the same day.

      • Anthony Ismael
        June 26, 2013

        That means two stops to get home. But if the price if right, it’s definitely worth it.

  21. Dominican for sure
    June 25, 2013

    So help me out here please, what is this “code share” all about?

    • Anonymous
      June 25, 2013

      means you can book a flight on AA from d/ca all the way to the states, and not necessarily two bookings (one from DOM/SJU and another from SJU/anywhere) if using American Airlines

    • HomeAlone
      June 25, 2013

      I agree with you. How does that facilitate access for the ordinary man who doesn’t want to overnight in PR?

      • Faceup
        June 25, 2013

        What do you think? the hotel at PR airport gets there cut too, they need overnighters !!

      • June 25, 2013

        Choose a date and time that will allow you to travel without having to overnight in Puerto Rico.

    • Malick
      June 25, 2013

      Code Share is an aviation business arrangement where two or more airlines share the same flight. A seat can be purchased on one airline but is actually operated by a cooperating airline under a different flight number or code.

      Under a code sharing agreement, the airline that actually operates the flight (the one providing the plane, the crew and the ground handling services) is called the operating carrier. The company or companies that sell tickets for that flight but do not actually operate it are called marketing carriers.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codeshare_agreement

      By the way…this info is readily available from a simple Google search.

  22. faith
    June 25, 2013

    There are only TWO aircrafts in the fleet for them to be doing all this runs , I believe they are tied there should be more in the fleet. Just an observation

    • Malatete
      June 25, 2013

      Excellent move. I hope it also means that we can now use them fo fly from/to Melville Hall to/from Guadeloupe & Martinique. As far as I know they have three(3) Saab 340B turboprops in their fleet (in addition to five DHC-6 “Twin Otters”). Believe me, they are maximising their assets and controlling their costs much better than some other regional airline I know!

      • Jay
        June 25, 2013

        I trust that Seabourne read these commnents and can confirm that their code sharing agreement with American equally applies to the latter’s interline partner AirFrance/KLM.It really would be welcome for Dominica travellers to/from the mainland of Europe to connect with AirFrance/KLM in Guadeloupe or Martinique without the hassle of having to recheck their luggage or connecting flight. A lot of these visitors now use the ferry service but I’m sure many of them would switch to Seabourne if this could be done.

    • =====
      June 25, 2013

      thts your opinion not an Observation

    • Malatete
      June 25, 2013

      PS. They even have a cabin service on their Saab aircraft (snacks & drinks). Way to go!!

    • John Paul
      June 25, 2013

      My Sentiments exactly! I mean when Ross Students aregoing back and forth then what ?

      • June 25, 2013

        What do you mean? Ross students are not the only passengers that travel to and from Dominica.

    • June 25, 2013

      The pilots alternate flights. Keep your fingers crossed, you will be fine.

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