Alaska reiterates support for American

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Alaska Airlines has maintained its support for its codeshare partner American Airlines, but said it could be keen to take over some markets if American abandons them as part of its restructuring.

Speaking today at the Rodman & Renshaw 2011 Airline Conference, Alaska's chief financial officer Brandon Pedersen said American remains "an important partner to us".

"Nothing has changed with respect to that partnership," he added. The two airlines codeshare on services within the US and to certain cities in Canada.

American filed for bankruptcy protection on 29 November but is continuing to operate as it restructures. It has said there could be a modest shrinkage in its capacity as it evaluates its business.

Pedersen said Alaska could be interested in certain routes from Seattle and Portland if American chooses to pull out of those, but cautions that it is too early to tell if American will do so.