JetBlue Airways and Emirates, the Dubai-based carrier, have announced intent to expand their current partnership to include bilateral codesharing, pending FAA and DOT regulatory approval.
Under the expanded agreement, JetBlue will place its “B6” airline code on all flights currently operated by Emirates between the United States and Dubai International Airport, as well as between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Milan, Italy.
The agreement deepens a three-year partnership between JetBlue and Emirates.
Emirates started placing its code on select JetBlue-operated flights in April 2012, expanding an interline agreement that dates back to 2010.
Current codeshare routes offered by Emirates on JetBlue-operated flights cover 28 destinations including Boston, Chicago, Orlando and Puerto Rico.
Since March this year, Emirates also began placing its code on additional JetBlue routes, including Bridgetown, Barbados, Cancun, Mexico, Montego Bay, Jamaica and Santo Domingo, Santiago and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Through the existing agreement, customers 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.
“As Emirates continues to expand its presence in the US market, our partnership offering with JetBlue provides customers with convenient connections from its extensive network to our seven US gateways, including our twice daily A380 service non-stop from JFK to Dubai,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president, passenger sales worldwide.
“Offering a boost to tourism and added convenience for inbound travellers, the codeshare also gives Emirates’ customers a new choice of destinations with the benefit of a single combined ticket.”