Emirates and JetBlue to expand partnership agreement
WAM DUBAI, May 22nd, 2013 -- Emirates, and JetBlue Airways today announced their intent to expand their current partnership to include bilateral code-sharing, pending FAA and DoT regulatory approval and subject to receipt of relevant foreign government operating authority.
Under the expanded agreement, JetBlue will place its "B6" airline code on all flights currently operated by Emirates between the U.S. and Dubai International Airport, as well as between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Milan, Italy.
The agreement strengthens the three-year partnership between JetBlue and Emirates, which started placing its code on select JetBlue operated flights in April 2012, expanding an agreement that dates back to 2010. Current code-share routes offered by Emirates on JetBlue 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 in the 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.
Members of "Skywards", the Emirates reward program, can earn miles on JetBlue operated flights and redeem miles for flights to any of JetBlue's 77 destinations throughout the Americas. Similarly, members of JetBlue's "TrueBlue" loyalty program can earn points for Emirates flights worldwide.
"As Emirates continues to expand its presence in the U.S. market, our partnership offering with JetBlue provides customers with convenient connections from its extensive network to our seven U.S. gateways, including our twice daily A380 service non-stop from JFK to Dubai," said Thierry Antinori, Emirates' Executive Vice President of Passenger Sales Worldwide.
"Putting our code on another airline is a significant milestone for JetBlue. We are proud to do it with Emirates, a fantastic partner for JetBlue over the past years," said JetBlue's Chief Commercial Officer, Robin Hayes.