JetBlue Announces Codeshare with Qatar Airways
-- Seamless connections available at JFK and IAD to Doha and beyond --
NEW YORK and DOHA, Qatar, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU), New York's Hometown Airline™, and Qatar Airways, named "Airline of the Year" at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards in 2011 and again in 2012 for its outstanding inflight product and operational excellence, today announced a one-way codeshare agreement to connect the carriers' networks via New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, subject to receipt of government approval.
The two airlines have been interline partners since 2011, enabling customers to enjoy the convenience of a single combined ticket for Qatar and JetBlue-operated flights, plus other benefits including one-stop check-in and baggage transfer.
Tickets featuring a Qatar Airways flight number will soon be available for sale for JetBlue-operated connections in 26 markets between New York/JFK and Washington Dulles, including the following U.S. destinations:
- Buffalo, New York (BUF)
- Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT)
- Denver, Colorado (DEN)
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL)
- Fort Myers, Florida (RSW)
- Jacksonville, Florida (JAX)
- Long Beach, California (LGB)
- New Orleans, Louisiana (MSY)
- Palm Beach, Florida, (PBI)
- Phoenix, Arizona (PHX)
- Portland, Oregon (PDX)
- Salt Lake City, Utah (SLC)
- Syracuse, New York (SYR)
"We are pleased to deepen our successful relationship with Qatar Airways through this new codeshare at JFK and Dulles, providing customers more access to both networks," said Dave Barger , JetBlue's president and CEO. "Qatar has been a great partner for JetBlue, serving our customers well with their outstanding product and service."
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: "We are delighted to further expand our partnership with JetBlue, an airline that focuses on quality and service, a key hallmark of Qatar Airways. Through this enhanced agreement, we will extend our reach to more customers and more markets, providing greater convenience for travellers to and from our global network."
JetBlue customers can avail themselves of Qatar Airways' connecting service to destinations across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific regions, including 12 cities in India and a number of destinations including Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Kuwait, Riyadh, Islamabad, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam.
JetBlue is a top domestic airline at JFK, with more than 150 daily departures to dozens of major U.S. cities including Boston, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, from its home at the modern Terminal 5.
At Washington Dulles, the airline offers service to Boston, New York, and Long Beach and Oakland, California. Customers traveling with JetBlue enjoy premium amenities including unlimited free snacks and drinks, personal seatback televisions, spacious leather seating, the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch), and personalized service from JetBlue's award-recognized in-flight crewmembers.
Upon government approval and implementation of the codeshare, Customers will be able to purchase JetBlue-Qatar Airways travel through the Global Distribution System (GDS), online travel agencies, by calling Qatar Airways reservations at 1-877-777-2827 or by visiting www.qatarairways.com/us.
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™ with other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles (Long Beach), San Juan and Orlando. Known for its award-winning service and free inflight entertainment as much as its low fares JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 76 cities with 800 daily flights and plans to launch service to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2013, as well as Medellin, Colombia, subject to receipt of government operating authority. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information call 1-800-538-2583 (TTY/TDD 1-800-336-5530), or visit www.jetblue.com.
About Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways is one of the world's fastest growing airlines, and was recently named "Airline of the Year" at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards 2011 and 2012 for its outstanding inflight product and operational excellence. The Doha-based airline currently operates a modern fleet of 121 aircraft to over 125 destinations across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America. In the United States, Qatar Airways offers non-stop service to Doha from Houston, New York, Washington and Chicago, starting 10th April. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com/us or call +1-877-777-2827.
SOURCE JetBlue Airways
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