British Airways has further consolidated its presence in the Trans-Atlantic market by signing an interline agreement with US airline JetBlue.
The two airlines have agreed to code-share on 18 daily British Airways flights between (mainly) Heathrow and the US, over 100 onward British Airways routes and over 50 JetBlue routes within the US. Code-share flights will be available on flights to and from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Orlando (MCO) and Washington Dulles (IAD). Code-share flights will also be available on British Airways all-business class flights between London City Airport (LCY) and JFK as well as on OpenSkies flights between JFK and Paris (ORY).
JetBlue is regarded as one of the best airlines in the US, offering a superior service to most of its competitors, including free drinks and snacks and the first checked in piece of luggage free of charge. British Airways is also highly regarded in the US.
JetBlue is particularly strong at both New York (JFK) and Boston, 2 of British Airways key east coast destinations, so this new agreement will give British Airways access to many more secondary markets that it could ever hope to serve on its own. At Orlando, which British Airways serves from Gatwick, JetBlue is particularly strong on flights to the Caribbean and Latin America, opening up yet another market for the British carrier.
All this comes in the same week that the proposed merger between American Airlines (British Airways oneworld partner) and US Airways received a setback when the US authorities announced that they would oppose the deal on competition grounds.
Commenting on the tie-up, British Airways Head of Alliances, Steve Ronald, stated: ”JetBlue is a well-respected, modern airline and we are delighted to be working with the carrier to offer our customers smooth connections to an even greater choice of destinations in the US. We are also very much looking forward to sharing the British Airways premium experience with customers in the U.S., who are interested in traveling in comfort to London and beyond.”