NEW YORK and SANTIAGO, Chile, March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU), New York's hometown airline, and LAN Airlines S.A. (NYSE: LFL / IPSA: LAN) and its affiliates LAN Peru, LAN Argentina and LAN Ecuador, one of the leading group of airlines in Latin America, today announce the launch of interline agreements that bring new connecting options for travelers flying between major destinations throughout the Americas via New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
JetBlue is a leading domestic airline at JFK, with more than 150 daily departures to dozens of major North American cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington from its acclaimed home at Terminal 5.
LAN and its affiliates offer wide body service between JFK and key South American business and leisure destinations including Santiago, Chile; Guayaquil, Ecuador; and Lima, Peru. Through LAN's multiple hubs in South America, JetBlue customers can travel onward to destinations previously unavailable through the airline or other interline partners including Cordoba and Mendoza, Argentina; La Paz and Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Easter Island and Punta Arenas, Chile; and Montevideo, Uruguay.
Under the interline agreement, Customers will be able to purchase a single electronic ticket that combines travel on JetBlue and any of the LAN carriers, bringing new options and new destinations to customers of both airlines. On the day of travel, Customers will benefit from the convenience of one-stop check-in, allowing them to check baggage to their final destination and receive a boarding pass for all flights in their journey regardless of whether travel originates with JetBlue or one of the LAN carriers.
In the coming weeks, customers will be able to purchase JetBlue-LAN travel via the GDS, online travel agencies, and by calling LAN reservations or visiting www.lan.com.
"Teaming up with LAN means JetBlue customers will now have even more choices when their plans call for travel to South America and the South Pacific," said Scott Resnick, JetBlue's director of airline partnerships. "The LAN brand is well-respected for its service and its strong network, making it a perfect interline partner for JetBlue as we continue to expand our reach across the globe."
"This agreement expands LAN's interline network in North America and the Caribbean and makes it possible to connect passengers with attractive new destinations and offer more convenient connections including 150 new daily interline flights to and from New York, Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C., as well as others in the Midwest and Western United States," said Armando Valdivieso, CEO of LAN Airlines Passenger Division.
About LAN Airlines
LAN Airlines is one of the leading passenger and cargo airlines in Latin America. The company and its affiliates serve over 70 destinations around the world through an extensive network that offers full connectivity within Latin America, while also linking the region with North America, Europe and the South Pacific, as well as 70 additional international destinations through its various alliances. LAN Airlines and its affiliates have a leading position in their respective domestic markets of Chile and Peru as well as an important presence in the Argentinean and Ecuadorian domestic markets. Furthermore, in November 2010, LAN acquired Colombian airline AIRES.
Currently, LAN Airlines and its affiliates operate one of the most modern fleets in the world, with 126 passenger aircraft, and its cargo subsidiary, LAN CARGO and its respective cargo affiliates, have a fleet of 14 dedicated freighters. The Company has one of the youngest fleets in the world, which has meant greater efficiency and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, reflecting its strong commitment to environmental protection.
LAN is one of the few Investment Grade airlines in the world (BBB). The company's world class quality standards enabled its membership in oneworld™, the global alliance which LAN has been a member of for over 10 years that encompasses the best airlines in the world. For more information please visit www.lan.com or www.oneworldalliance.com
About JetBlue Airways
New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. In 2010, the carrier ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Low-Cost Carriers in North America" by J.D. Power and Associates, a customer satisfaction recognition received for the sixth year in a row. 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) and super-spacious Even More Legroom 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 64 cities with more than 600 daily flights. Later this year JetBlue plans to introduce service to Anchorage, Alaska and Martha's Vineyard, Mass. 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 from the U.S.A., +1 801 365 2525 from Latin America, TTY/TDD +1 800 336 5530, or visit www.jetblue.com.
SOURCE JetBlue Airways