October 5, 2022
JetBlue, Emirates Cut Ties
Airlines Industry

JetBlue, Emirates Cut Ties

DALLAS – New York-based JetBlue (B6) and Dubai-based Emirates (EK) are to end their partnership ahead of a rumored tie-up between the latter and United Airlines (UA).

The alliance, first announced on July 1, 2012, will cease on October 30, 2012. After this date, customers will no longer be able to earn miles through their frequent flyer programs.

In a statement, B6 said, “JetBlue is ending its codeshare partnership with Emirates effective October 30, 2022, and customers will no longer be able to purchase itineraries with Emirates-operated flights through JetBlue booking channels. Customers with existing bookings that include an Emirates-operated segment will not see any changes to their itineraries. However, travelers will not accrue TrueBlue points on Emirates-operated flights on or after October 30.”

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER. Photo: Lorenzo Giacobbo/Airways

New Partners

Emirates had been looking for a North American partner to feed its Dubai (DXB) flights at its US hubs for some years. In turn, it brought more passengers to JetBlue, who could fill seats on thinner markets with transit passengers.

If the rumored alliance between UA and EK is announced, it will be a significant move after many years of tense relationships between Middle Eastern and US airlines. The two carriers are due to hold a “special event” on September 14 in Washington, D.C.

JetBlue will continue its relationship with Qatar Airways. Photo: Qatar Airways

JetBlue, however, still maintains its partnership with Middle Eastern carrier Qatar Airways (QR), which began in April 2021. This gives B6 customers extensive travel options between the US, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa via QR’s Hamad International Airport (DOH) hub.

Featured Image: B6 Airbus A320 (N794JB). Photo: Otto Kirchof/Airways

Writer, aviation fanatic, and Airways European Deputy Editor, Lee is a plant geek and part-time Flight Attendant for a UK-based airline. Based in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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