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United Ticketing Agreement

Airlines participating in airline alliances such as Star Alliance, SkyTeam or oneworld almost always have interline agreements. But direct competitors can also benefit from Interline agreements. Until now, only major network operators such as United Airlines and Lufthansa had electronic ticket interconnection agreements, but IATA`s mandate to remove paper tickets at the end of 2007 changed this situation by requiring smaller airlines to introduce electronic tickets. Smaller airlines have generally entered into interline agreements with large network operators moving to their markets. Most new low-cost companies, which sell only directly to consumers (and not through global agencies or distribution systems), do not support the interline at all. I saw the UA flights at the Qantas website. Apparently, Qantas has an interline agreement with AU, so they should be valid connections. However, since Qantas is not in partnership with UA, the use of the UA/Qantas combination could affect the miles ff Nunber you accumulate. “Apparently, Qantas has an interline agreement with AU… « .

If there is no interline ticketing agreement, two separate tickets must be issued and passengers must pick up their luggage and take it to the connecting company for check-in. Interline routes such as this one are more risky for travellers, as the second airline may not be aware of inbound flight delays or problems and is less likely to authorize a toll-free change of booking in the event of a loss of the route. There may also be a problem if the baggage is lost and the traveller wishes to be sent to them later. Interline chords are turning points. For example, American Airlines may be able to issue the ticket on an American United route, but United may not be able to issue on the same route. A single interline agreement is called a one-sided interline. Airlines may also agree to a bilateral interline agreement in which each airline can issue the ticket to the other carrier. Interline agreements differ from code-sharing agreements in that codeshare agreements generally relate to the numbering of a flight with the company`s code (acronym), although the flight is operated by another airline.

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