- Joe Breitfeller
American Airlines and JetBlue Launch First Phase of Codeshare Partnership
American and JetBlue have launched phase one of their codeshare partnership with enhanced service to and from New York (JFK, LGA and EWR) and Boston (BOS) with nearly 80 codeshare flights and enhanced schedules on select routes.
On Thursday (February 18, 2021), American Airlines announced the launch of the first phase of their strategic partnership with JetBlue adding more choices to and from New York (JFK, LGA and EWR) and Boston (BOS), with nearly 80 codeshare flights and enhanced schedules on select routes. Additionally, American is introducing 18 new routes for summer 2021, including six new routes from JFK to Latin America and the Caribbean. The codeshare flights are available for purchase today for travel from February 25th, while American’s new summer routes will be available for purchase from February 22, 2021.
In Thursday’s announcement, American Airlines’ Chief Revenue officer, Vasu Raja, said,
“This is the first step to delivering the best customer proposition with the biggest network in New York and Boston. In the months ahead, we’ll continue to create a seamless experience that’s easy for our customers, supports our communities and leads to more growth for our team.”
Also commenting on the launch of the first phase of the codeshare partnership, JetBlue’s Head of Revenue and Planning, Scott Laurence, added,
“Our alliance with American opens the door for JetBlue to successfully enter into new markets, introducing more choices and our award-winning service and low fares to more customers. The alliance is also essential to getting our planes back in the air profitably and crewmembers working again.”
On May 6, 2021, American Airlines is launching three new daily routes between JFK and Cali (CLO), Bogota (BOG) and Medellin (MDE) in Colombia, as well as three weekly flights to Santiago (SCL), Chile. The Santiago route will be operated with a Boeing 777-200 until daily service begins in November 2021. From June 5th, American is also launching Saturday service to St. Lucia (UVF) and the Turks and Caicos (PLS), complementing JetBlue’s existing service. Additionally, the carrier is launching 12 new domestic routes for summer 2021 from New York (JFK and LGA) and Boston (BOS) and enhancing schedules in key markets.
Starting today, American Airlines’ customers will have access to 49 codeshare routes on JetBlue for travel from February 25th, while JetBlue customers will have access to over 25 routes on American Airlines, including new international flights between JFK and Tel Aviv and Athens this summer. American is also launching JFK-Rio de Janeiro (GIG) service next winter.
This spring, members of American’s AAdvantage® and JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty programs can look forward to earning points or miles when flying either carrier. Eventually, members will be able to redeem points or miles through either airline and the carriers are exploring opportunities to recognize AAdvantage elite members and JetBlue Mosaic customers later this year.
In a separate announcement, today, JetBlue also announced the launch of 15 new routes from Newark (EWR) and New York (LGA), as well as two all-new seasonal routes from JFK. The new seasonal routes include JFK to Kalispell, Montana’s Glacier Park International Airport (FCA), and JFK-Boise (BOI) from July 1st and 2nd, respectively. Boise will become JetBlue’s first destination in Idaho and the 31st U.S. state served by the airline. JetBlue also recently announced winter seasonal service to Key West (EYW), Florida, which will be expanded to year-round flying up to four times weekly from JFK and Boston.
Source(s): American Airlines, JetBlue Airways