Like most other carriers, American Airlines made the decision to enter into an alliance with other airlines to ensure an extensive network of destinations to its passengers. The airline is part of the One World Alliance and is one of the founding members. Through this alliance American Airlines offer its passengers a choice of over 675 worldwide destinations. The One World alliance consists of American Airlines, LAN, Cathay Pacific, Royal Jordanian, British Airways, Japan Airlines, Iberia, MALEV, and Qantas.
Although American Airlines do not fly to and from South Africa, they offer flights through some of the One World Alliance partners: British Airways, Cathay Pacific and Iberia.
British Airways operates out of Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. It connects South Africa to London, Harare, Livingstone, Mauritius, Victoria Falls and Windhoek amongst other destinations. Most of these flights are operated by a code share airline and the departure point for almost all of the above destinations is Johannesburg. Connecting flights into the USA are available from some of the major centres serviced by BA.
Cathay Pacific is the only airline that flies directly to the USA and operates out of Johannesburg. Destinations offered are Adelaide, Amsterdam, Auckland, Brisbane, Singapore, Zurich, Colombo, Tokyo, Dubai, Frankfurt, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco etc. Not all of these flights are a direct connecting. Some may have stopovers.
Iberia flies from Johannesburg to Barcelona and Madrid in Spain. Connecting flights into the USA are available from Madrid.