Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Qantas and American Airlines have pitched for a joint business agreement, submitting an application to airline regulators for joint services between Australia, New Zealand and the US. The two carriers filed for approval to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and is preparing applications for the New Zealand Minister of Transport as well as the US Department of Transportation. Qantas Airlines Commercial Group executive Rob Gurney said the agreement will offer better fares and improved connections for customers flying to the US “and beyond”. “By strengthening and broadening further our cooperative business partnership with Qantas, American will be better positioned to deliver enhanced benefits to our joint customers,” American Airlines chief commercial officer Virasb Vahidi said. “Qantas is one of our longest standing and most highly valued partners, and together we are creating a new joint platform from which to launch significant growth in air travel between North America and the South Pacific.”According to an American statement, the joint agreement would see increased frequencies and connection times for Qantas and American customers, increased opportunity to earn and redeem frequent flyer points as well as streamlined offerings for agents and corporate customers. The airlines are expecting to receive ACCC’s decision within six months.