The Landline Company has signed a deal with American Airlines to expand the carrier’s route network and create a more seamless experience for customers.
American will use Landline buses instead of regional air carriers to connect to two airports from its Philadelphia hub. The partnership between Landline and American will result in an efficient and enjoyable travel experience through a single flight booking, the companies said in a release.
American represents Landline’s third major airline partnership—including the two largest U.S. carriers—and comes as Landline raises $28 million to support its rapid geographic expansion and platform innovation.
Landline’s growth is benefiting from the challenges faced by U.S. airlines, from a pilot shortage hitting regional operators to volatile fuel prices.
The scheduled service provider is working with industry vendors Prevost, Amaya Seating and Icomera to deliver a passenger experience designed to surpass air travel.
“Keeping Landline’s customers entertained and productive throughout the journey is one of the easiest ways to protect the onboard reputation and improve the onboard experience,” Icomera said in a statement after landing Landline as a client. “The Icomera Connected Journey provides seamless connectivity – and premium entertainment – from origin to destination.”
Customers can begin their trip at a local Landline Portal and check in for their flight, check bags and clear security before taking stress-free ground transportation directly to their gate. Landline’s state-of-the-art vehicles are fully equipped with soft leather seats, free Wi-Fi, in-seat power and streaming entertainment.
The service will be introduced June 3 for customers traveling to or from Allentown/Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (ABE) and Atlantic City, New Jersey (ACY), via American’s Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) hub.
Now partnering with three airlines
“For too long, travelers have been bothered by all of the ancillary parts of flying, including getting to and from the airport, parking, transporting their bags and navigating security. We’re changing that,” said Landline CEO and co-founder David Sunde. “Landline is proud to partner with American to make travel even more efficient, affordable and relaxing. Alongside American, we’re excited to introduce travelers to a whole new level of convenience and comfort.”
Landline will be fully integrated with American’s flight booking system and perfectly coordinated with departure and arrival schedules, just like a connecting flight would be.
“Our partnership with Landline is one more way we’re making it easy for customers to connect to American’s premier trans-Atlantic gateway in Philadelphia,” said Brian Znotins, American’s Vice President of Network Planning. “Customers can start and end their journey at their local airport, relax on a comfortable Landline vehicle, and leave the driving to someone else while they work or start their vacation early. From road to runway, we’re excited to welcome customers on board.”
Landline also partners with United Airlines to serve serve travelers between Denver International Airport, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Breckenridge, Colorado. It has a similar arrangement with Sun Country Airlines to operate in seven markets in Minnesota and Wisconsin.