NEW YORK and LONDON, Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), New York's Hometown Airline™, and British Airways, one of Europe's largest international carriers, today announced an interline agreement to connect the carriers' networks 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), creating new possibilities for travelers.
This marks the first partnership between JetBlue and British Airways, and the 25th airline agreement for JetBlue. 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. 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.
Customers will be able to enjoy access to a variety of British Airways destinations beyond London, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India, as well as non-stop access to Paris Orly Airport from New York. Meanwhile, British Airways customers can now book onward tickets to new U.S. destinations such as Burlington, Vermont (BTV); Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (MVY); Nantucket, Massachusetts (ACK); and Portland, Maine (PWM).
Known for its award-winning customer service, JetBlue offers travelers a premium experience that includes unlimited free snacks and drinks, plus the most legroom in economy class (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch of U.S. airlines) and the first checked-in luggage for free (a), as well as the most free live entertainment of any U.S. airline. JetBlue also operates one of America's youngest and most fuel-efficient airline fleets, with 187 Airbus and Embraer aircraft.
British Airways' premium service includes complimentary bar service, a selection of tasty meals, and personal on-demand entertainment in every seat. British Airways offers three or four cabin classes on its flights, with 180 degree flatbeds in Club World (business) and First. Customers also have a generous bag allowance and free check in and seat selection 24 hours in advance.
"We are proud to partner with British Airways, one of Europe's premier airlines. 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."
"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," said Steve Ronald, head of alliances at British Airways. "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."
At JFK Airport British Airways operates from Terminal 7, which features the airline's Galleries lounge for business class customers and the luxurious Concorde lounge for those traveling in First. JetBlue operates from nearby Terminal 5, a quick ride away on the airport's free AirTrain service. JetBlue's acclaimed Terminal 5 offers customers an impressive airport experience complete with unique retail and dining options. Learn more about T5 at http://www.jetblue.com/travel/jfk.
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.
About JetBlue Airways JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™ with other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando and San Juan. Known for its award-winning service and free TV 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 79 cities with 850 daily flights and partners with 25 airlines globally. 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 (+1-801-449-2525 from the U.K. and other foreign markets), TTY/TDD +1 800-336-5530, or visit www.jetblue.com.
About British Airways British Airways, part of International Airlines Group, is one of the world's leading global premium airlines and the largest international carrier in the UK. The carrier has its home base at London Heathrow, the world's busiest international airport and flies to more than 70 different countries. In 2012 the airline carried more than 37 million customers. The airline currently has a fleet of more than 270 aircraft.
(a) First free bag on JetBlue subject to weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights marketed or operated by other airlines.
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