JetBlue and American Airlines Launch a Strategic Partnership

Written and Published July 17, 2020


JetBlue and American Airlines just announced a strategic partnership that will introduce codesharing routes and benefits for frequent flyers. The goal of this partnership will be to boost service and help both airlines recover from the loss of business due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

JetBlue and American Airlines Launch a Strategic Partnership

JetBlue and American Airlines Launch a Strategic Partnership


JetBlue and American Airlines officially announced their strategic partnership that will create more connectivity for passengers in the Northeast and help both airlines recover. American Airlines will launch international service from New York, via JFK, to Tel Aviv, and Athens. The carrier will also bring back a daily seasonal route in wither 2021 from New York to Rio De Janeiro. JetBlue will add flights at LaGuardia and Newark to increase passenger connections.

From the official American Airlines announcement:
JetBlue Airways Corp. (NASDAQ: JBLU) and American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) today announced a strategic partnership that will create seamless connectivity for travelers in the Northeast and more choice for customers across their complementary domestic and international networks. In addition, the relationship will accelerate each airline's recovery as the travel industry adapts to new trends as a result of the pandemic.

JetBlue and American Airlines Launch a Strategic Partnership

The airlines also announced a codeshare agreement that will cover more than 60 routes operated by American Airlines and over 130 routes operated by JetBlue. This codeshare agreement will offer passengers more options with improved schedules, competitive fares, and nonstop access to more domestic and international destinations. However, the specifics of the agreement are yet to be announced.

Joanna Geraghty, president, and chief operating officer at JetBlue said:
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. This partnership with American is the next step in our plan to accelerate our coronavirus recovery, get our crewmembers and our aircraft flying again, and fuel JetBlue's growth into the future.

The partnership between the carriers means that passengers will be able to book a single itinerary on either website and have access to both JetBlue's Mint and American's three-class service on the Airbus A321T. No details have been announced for the members of the loyalty programs. However, we can expect some benefits for both American AAdvantage and JetBlue TrueBlue members