Emirates, JetBlue announce codeshare

DUBAI — Emirates on Thursday announced a one-way codeshare with JetBlue that will offer its passengers seamless connections to a dozen US cities through New York’s JFK Airport.

By Muzaffar Rizvi

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Published: Fri 20 Apr 2012, 11:11 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:07 AM

The codeshare deal will further strengthen the relationship between the two airlines. JetBlue is the leading carrier at JFK Airport, where it offers premium, low-fare service to dozens of cities throughout the Americas.

“Emirates’ network within the United States will soon extend to almost 20 cities through our partner JetBlue, making flying to the US from the Gulf, Middle East, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and the Far East smoother and more convenient than ever before,” said Thierry Antinori, executive vice-president of passenger sales worldwide.

Emirates passengers can connect to JetBlue services at New York’s JFK Airport for Boston, Burlington, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, Portland, Maine, Raleigh/Durham, Tampa and Washington Dulles.

“We are pleased to expand upon our successful relationship with Emirates through this new codeshare at JFK, where JetBlue is the number one airline,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s vice-president of network planning and partnerships.

Emirates currently offers two daily non-stop flights to JFK. Its network now encompasses 123 cities globally, served by a fleet of 171 aircraft, which are among the youngest in the skies.

“Emirates will benefit immensely from this deal and its relentless growth into the US has expanded even further with this codeshare agreement with JetBlue,” Saj Ahmad, chief analyst at London-based StrategicAero Research, told Khaleej Times.

He said this deal will allow Emirates not only to serve its customers with better intra-US city connections, but it also pits them directly against some of the most inefficient US airlines.

“Etihad and Qatar Airways will now almost certainly respond to this with their own deals. If an Arab airline could pull of a deal with Southwest Airlines, that would definitely be a bigger talking point,” he added.

The two airlines have been interline partners since 2010, enabling the passengers to have a single combined ticket for Emirates and JetBlue-operated flights, plus other benefits including one-stop check-in and baggage transfer.

muzaffarrizvi@khaleejtimes.com



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