Emirates announces codeshare with JetBlue
Dubai, April 19, 2012
Emirates customers travelling to the United States will soon enjoy seamless connections to a dozen US cities, after the airline announced the start of a one-way codeshare with JetBlue.
The codeshare will further strengthen the relationship between Emirates and JetBlue, a statement from the airline company said. The two airlines have been interline partners since 2010, enabling customers to enjoy the convenience of a single combined ticket for Emirates and JetBlue-operated flights, plus other benefits including one-stop check-in and baggage transfer.
“Emirates’ network within the United States will soon extend to almost 20 cities through our partner JetBlue, making flying to the US from the Gulf, Middle East, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and the Far East smoother and more convenient than ever before,” said Thierry Antinori, executive vice president of passenger sales worldwide.
“JetBlue shares our passion for innovation and best-in-class services, and we look forward to continuing to grow the relationship as we seek new ways to build our presence within the United States,” he said.
Scott Laurence, vice president, network planning and partnerships, JetBlue, said: “Emirates has been a terrific travel partner for JetBlue, affording our customers easy access to all corners of the globe in comfort and style.”
Emirates customers can connect to JetBlue services at New York’s JFK Airport. As a one-way codeshare, an Emirates’ flight number will be placed on JetBlue services to the following cities: Boston (BOS), Burlington (BTV), Buffalo (BUF), Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (ORD), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Jacksonville (JAX), Orlando (MCO), Portland, Maine (PWM), Raleigh/Durham (RDU), Tampa (TPA) and Washington Dulles (IAD).
Emirates operates from Terminal 4 at JFK Airport, while JetBlue operates from the adjacent, 26-gate Terminal 5, allowing for easy connections between flights.
In addition, the quick connect service available at JFK makes transfers even more hassle-free.
Available to all customers with a confirmed onward flight departing within three hours of their Emirates’ flight arrival, Quick Connect enables customers to advance to the head of a specially designated passenger security checkpoint lane at their connecting terminals. The service also extends to baggage, with Emirates arranging the transfer of baggage on to the connecting flights.
Emirates currently offers two daily non-stop flights to JFK – including service aboard its flagship Airbus A380 and its ultra-long range Boeing 777-300ER.
Emirates’ network now encompasses 123 cities globally, served by a fleet of 171 aircraft which are among the youngest in the skies. Its flights to the US now serve six gateways, with daily services to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) having launched in February and March this year. The airline will start non-stop daily flights to its seventh US destination Washington, DC on September 12. – TradeArabia News Service