LONDON – JetBlue and American Airlines have today announced a strategic partnership to offer seamless connectivity for travellers.

This partnership will offer new and expanded routes for both sides, such as the use of codesharing and loyalty benefits.

American is to launch services from New York JFK to Tel Aviv, Athens and Rio de Janeiro (Winter 2021) as well as continuing to offer its services to London Heathrow and Madrid.

JetBlue A321 | Photo: © Vincenzo Pace (IG: @jfkjetsofficial)

JetBlue as previously reported will operate services out of LaGuardia and Newark as well as building on its Mint program to Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Through such arrangements, both carriers will operate reciprocal code-sharing flights, offering more options and improved schedules for both sides.

Joanna Geraghty, the President and Chief Operating Officer of JetBlue commented on this news, stating that this is all to do with Coronavirus recovery.

“Pairing JetBlue’s domestic network with American’s international route map creates a new competitive choice in the Northeast, where customers are longing for an alternative to the dominant network carriers”.

American Airlines Boeing 787-8. | Photo: © Jakkrit Prasertwit

“This partnership with American is the next step in our plan to accelerate our corona virus recovery, get our crew-members and our aircraft flying again, and fuel JetBlue’s growth into the future.”

American was keen to note that its Airbus A321T aircraft, which offers three classes on trans-continental services, will work alongside the Mint-based JetBlue aircraft.

JetBlue was also keen to note that it would not be joining oneworld or the AA/IAG Atlantic Joint Business Agreement and still wants to independently launch trans-Atlantic (TATL) services to London from next year.

JetBlue A321. | Photo: Airways Magazine File

Also commenting on the news was American Airlines President Robert Isom who dubbed this as “an incredible opportunity for both of our airlines”.

“American has a strong history in the Northeast, and we’re proud to partner with JetBlue as the latest chapter in that long history. Together, we can offer customers an industry-leading product in New York and Boston with more flights and more seats to more cities.”

This is considerable news for JetBlue, especially with its inaugurated presence towards destinations outside of the Americas going into next year.

From here, it can give the carrier significant knowledge into TATL flights, and where it could thrive.

For American, this also benefits the airline on the domestic front, especially with it being close to a competitor.

It will be interesting to see what fruits from this particular relationship and whether it may continue in a post-COVID-19 world.