JetBlue Airways and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, have announced plans to begin codeshare operations and provide customers with enhanced travel options worldwide.
The agreement, which is subject to government approval, will see Etihad Airways place its “EY” code on JetBlue-operated flights, initially facilitating connections between the two airlines at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington’s Dulles International Airport.
In the first stage of the partnership, Etihad Airways will codeshare on 40 JetBlue routes within the US.
Further codeshare services are planned on JetBlue flights once Etihad Airways commences daily flights to Los Angeles from June 2014.
Subject to US and foreign government approval, Etihad Airways also plans to codeshare on JetBlue flights between New York and select destinations in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Colombia.
“Like JetBlue, Etihad Airways has quickly established itself as a premier brand built on excellent service and a high-quality product,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue president.
“We look forward to partnering more closely with the airline and affording our customers access to some of the world’s most fascinating destinations.”
From its US gateways of Chicago, New York and Washington DC Etihad Airways offers connections through its Abu Dhabi hub to dozens of destinations across the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Sub-Continent, Asia and Australia.
Etihad Airways is also one of the world’s best-regarded airlines, with a focus on service and best-in-class product for all travellers, and was recently voted the World’s Leading Airline, for the fifth consecutive year, at the World Travel Awards 2013.