JetBlue Airways and British Airways today announced an "interline" agreement, meaning they will marry their reservations and ticketing systems so that a passenger can check in on a JetBlue flight and transfer seamlessly onto a BA flight, and vice versa.
The carriers initially plan to interline on 18 daily transatlantic British Airways flights, more than 50 U.S routes on the JetBlue network and more than 100 British Airways routes beyond London.
"This partnership provides our customers with even more possibilities to travel smoothly across Europe and other destinations in BA's extensive route network," said Scott Laurence, JetBlue's vice president of network planning and partnerships. "With 18 daily British Airways flights to our key East Coast gateways, their customers will now be able to enjoy the award-winning JetBlue experience to more than 50 U.S. destinations."
The agreement will connect the carriers' routes at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
British Airways' intercontinental routes that are part of the interline agreement include Boston-London Heathrow (LHR), New York/JFK-London City Airport (LCY), New York/JFK- London Heathrow (LHR), New York/JFK-Paris Orly (ORY), Orlando-London Gatwick (LGW) and Washington/Dulles-London Heathrow (LHR). Tickets can be purchased through British Airways.
"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," saidSteve Ronald, head of alliances at British Airways.
At JFK Airport British Airways operates from Terminal 7, while JetBlue operates from nearby Terminal 5, a quick ride away on the airport's free AirTrain service.
At Boston Airport, where JetBlue is the largest carrier and offers nonstop service to 49 cities, more than any other airline, British Airways operates from Terminal E, while JetBlue operates from nearby Terminal C.
At Orlando, where JetBlue operates numerous routes to the Caribbean and Latin America, British Airways operates from Terminal B and JetBlue from Terminal A.
At Washington/Dulles, the carriers are co-located on Concourse B.