JetBlue and American Airlines advance their strategic alliance after a regulatory review

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JetBlue and American Airlines advance their strategic alliance after a regulatory review
Wed January 13, 2021

The announcement is very well received in a context where air connectivity is at a critical moment


JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) and American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) announced today that its strategic alliance is moving forward following a review by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Both operators will begin implementing key aspects of this innovative and customer-focused alliance in phases, offering smoother connectivity and better travel options on routes to and from New York (JFK, LGA and EWR) and Boston (BOS). Airlines also expect this alliance to accelerate each airline's recovery from the pandemic as customers are drawn to expanding options and better service.

"Due to the COVID crisis, I fought and delivered more than $ 40 billion in payroll support to airlines and their workers to prevent the industry from collapsing and prevent massive job losses," said the incoming leader of the majority of the Senate, Chuck Schumer (D-NY). "I am pleased to see JetBlue and American Airlines collaborate on innovative solutions to save thousands of jobs in a way that also expands travel options for New Yorkers."

“Through this alliance, we are one step closer to bringing customers even more competition in the Northeast, especially on routes currently served by a single airline with high fares and poor service,” said Scott Laurence, director of revenue and JetBlue planning. "Customers who love the JetBlue experience can expect significant growth at LaGuardia and, similarly, up to 70 daily flights in Newark, as well as seamless connections to American's long-haul network in and out of New York and Boston."

"With this alliance, American and JetBlue will operate the largest network for our customers in the Northeast, allowing American to grow our core operations as we recover from the pandemic," said Vasu Raja, American's chief revenue officer. "We are already planning to launch new international routes to Athens and Tel Aviv this summer, which are just two of the many new routes we plan to launch."

The important components of the alliance will be introduced from the first quarter of 2021 and will be gradually introduced throughout the year:

Perfect customer experience
With each element of the alliance, customers flying in and out of New York and Boston will enjoy a more seamless experience on both airlines, including the ability to book a single itinerary on either website, access to the alliance's significant global network, convenient connections, access to loyalty benefits, and an enhanced field experience, resulting in an attractive proposition for corporate and leisure clients

Northeast network alignment
The alliance will offer customers the largest network in New York City and Boston, and will enable new strategic growth opportunities for both airlines, accelerate the replacement of small regional jets with larger aircraft, by time that will greatly expand the connectivity between each of them. operator network in the northeast. American will increase the caliber of the planes and, by the end of 2021, will operate all services from New York with first class. Beginning in the first half of 2021, JetBlue and US schedules in New York and Boston will begin to align to provide customers with new flight options, with improved schedules, better connections, competitive fares and access to more domestic and international destinations.

Expanded Northeast Service
As part of the alliance, JetBlue plans to significantly expand its service at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), as well as further expand at other New York airports and in Boston. The alliance will also allow JetBlue to reactivate aircraft that would otherwise remain inactive. An expanded operation at LaGuardia further advances JetBlue's position as New York's local airline® and accelerates the airline's ability to recover.

As previously announced, American is introducing a new service from New York (JFK) to Tel Aviv (TLV) and Athens (ATH). Loyal New York customers will experience their first international long distance service in more than four years, with even more new routes on the way.

Acuerdo de
código compartido A partir de finales de este trimestre, JetBlue colocará su código B6 en una variedad de vuelos estadounidenses en Nueva York y Boston . Asimismo, American colocará su código AA en vuelos selectos de JetBlue también en los aeropuertos John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia (LGA) y Newark Liberty International (EWR) de Nueva York , así como en el Aeropuerto Internacional Logan de Boston ( BOS ). Vuelos que tocan Nueva York o Boston desde JetBlue, Americano combinaciones conectadas de ambos se podrán reservar en jetblue.com y aa.com en las próximas semanas. El código compartido presentará a los clientes de JetBlue más de 60 rutas nuevas operadas por American y presentará a los clientes de American más de 130 rutas nuevas operadas por JetBlue.

Reciprocal Loyalty Benefits Later
this year, TrueBlue customers of both JetBlue and American AAdvantage® 's programs will be able to enjoy reciprocal benefits, including the ability to earn and / or redeem points or miles on each carrier that performs both the even more valuable loyalty. Airlines are also exploring opportunities to recognize JetBlue Mosaic customers and American AAdvantage elite members on both airlines. More details will be announced to members of the loyalty program later this year.

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