American Airlines, JetBlue partnership

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 17, 2020

The codeshare will give JetBlue customers more than 60 new routes operated by American, and American customers will be introduced to more than 130 new routes via JetBlue. The move is also meant to help the airlines recover from the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic.

American is adding new nonstop service from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2021, and from New York (JFK) to Athens, Greece, next summer (a seasonal flight).

The airlines also said that there would be new benefits for loyalty members, without going into further details, and added that "the carriers are exploring additional premium experiences for customers". "Together, we can offer customers an industry-leading product in NY and Boston with more flights and more seats to more cities". American will also reintroduce daily service from NY to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as a seasonal route for winter 2021.

American's announcement is similar to one from United Airlines last week that warned of as many as 36,000 layoffs. There were no official count of how many of these workers would be cut from Newark International Airport in NJ at this time. JetBlue will also increase service to and from JFK to facilitate connections to American's expanded global network.

JetBlue aims to enhance service to strategic markets on the East and West coasts, and the Southeast.

"Jetblue customers will have more routes and destinations to choose from through American Airlines' extensive global network".

The airlines will begin a new codeshare relationship, so customers will be able to book a single itinerary that combines flights from both airlines.

JetBlue will not be joining the Oneworld global airline alliance (which includes worldwide carriers such as British Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Qantas) as part of the new American Airlines pact.

The release stressed that Jetblue "is not joining Oneworld or the AA/IAG Atlantic Joint Business Agreement", and said that Jetblue will "continue with plans to independently launch and operate transatlantic flights to London in 2021".

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