Aviation News

July 20, 2010

American Airlines and JetBlue Launch Flight Partnership

JetBlue A320 and American Airlines 767-200

A JetBlue A320 (N524JB, Blue Belle) begins its takeoff roll on JFK’s Runway 4L as an American 767-200 taxis. (Photo by Anthony Russo)

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways today launch their partnership to offer customers connections and more travel options to and from New York and Boston, the companies said on Monday.

American and JetBlue also announced that they have agreed to begin a frequent flyer relationship later this year. Members of American’s AAdvantage program and JetBlue’s TrueBlue customer loyalty program will be able to earn AAdvantage miles or TrueBlue points, respectively, when they fly only on the cooperative interline routes.

Beginning on Tuesday, customers will be able to book convenient, interline service in non-overlapping markets from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Boston’s Logan Airport (BOS) through travel agencies, most major North American online travel agency websites, American Airlines ticket counters, or by calling American Airlines Reservations.

Under the cooperative agreement, customers will be able to easily connect between 14 of American’s international destinations departing from JFK and Boston, including Barcelona, Spain; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Tokyo and 18 JetBlue domestic markets, including Portland, Maine; Rochester, N.Y.; or Richmond, Va.

None of the routes on which the airlines will cooperate overlap current flights flown by the other.

On Nov. 1, American will transfer eight slot pairs at Ronald Reagan National Airport and one slot pair at White Plains, N.Y., to JetBlue, while JetBlue will transfer 12 slot pairs at JFK to American.