American Airlines and JetBlue announced a strategic partnership focused on the Northeast United States, with a focus on Boston and New York markets. This strategic partnership will primarily be code-sharing between the two carriers. JetBlue is not joining the oneworld alliance to which American belongs that also includes British Airways, Iberia, and Cathay Pacific, among others.
The current plan is to bring 60 new American routes into the JetBlue network, and 130 JetBlue routes into the American’s network, allowing customers to book flights from either carrier. That will enable the companies to improve schedules, provide competitive fares, and non-stop access to more domestic and international destinations. American plans to launch new flights from New York JFK to Tel Aviv, Athens, and in 2021, to Rio de Janeiro.
Joanna Geraghty, COO at JetBlue, indicated that the partnership “creates a new competitive choice in the Northeast, where customers are longing for an alternative to the dominant network carriers. This partnership with American is the next step in our plan to accelerate our coronavirus recovery and get our crew members and our aircraft flying again, and fuel JetBlue’s growth into the future.”
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