Updated: Jan 11
On Thursday, Norwegian and JetBlue signed a letter of intent to establish an interline agreement, allowing passengers of both airlines to book complementary route connections on a single reservation.
So much has been written about the financial difficulties of Norwegian, we are reminded of the famous Mark Twain quote, “…the report of my death was an exaggeration.” Last week, Norwegian announced increased summer 2020 frequency from U.S. gateways to top European destinations and today they announced plans for a new interline agreement with JetBlue. According to today’s Norwegian Press Release, the partnership is planned to launch next summer, with booking availability to start in early 2020. In the announcement, Norwegian’s acting CEO and Chief Financial Officer, Geir Karlson stated,
“We are very excited to partner with JetBlue as this will make international travel even smoother and more available for our customers. JetBlue is the largest airline at several of our key gateways from the United States, specifically New York JFK, Boston and Fort Lauderdale, and this partnership will create a plethora of new route connections on both sides of the Atlantic. This partnership will provide travelers throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America with more affordable fares to Europe and vice versa. And not least it will offer seamless connections with two of the most awarded low-cost airlines in the world.”
Earlier this year, JetBlue announced its intention to begin flying to London from New York and Boston starting in 2021, so the interline agreement announced with Norwegian makes sense on many levels. For now, it will allow JetBlue passengers to connect seamlessly to Europe from New York, Boston and Fort Lauderdale, where Norwegian offers 20 nonstop routes. Norwegian passengers will benefit by connecting to JetBlue’s extensive U.S., Caribbean and Latin American routes, offering over 100 destinations. Additionally, when JetBlue launches transatlantic service in 2021, passengers will have access to Norwegian’s extensive European network. In today’s press release, JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes stated,
“This new agreement with Norwegian seamlessly connects JetBlue’s robust network throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America with the exciting European destinations on our new partner’s route map. Norwegian shares our belief that customers benefit when we can bring competition and low fares to the transatlantic market currently dominated by joint ventures, legacy alliances and sky-high ticket prices.”
Source: Norwegian Air