Posted on: 02 June 2016 by Mark Howells
A new codeshare agreement between JetBlue and TAP Portugal will see the latter gain connections to as many as 34 North American destinations through JetBlue’s New York JFK and Boston Logan airport hubs as it expands its US operations.
TAP currently operates flights to Newark and Miami. From 11 June 2016, it will commence daily flights between Lisbon and Boston and then between Lisbon and JFK from early July. Both routes will be operated with new Airbus A330 aircraft due to be delivered soon.
The Portuguese carrier will place its code on JetBlue flights departing from JFK and Boston to as many as 34 North American gateways, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago, Las Vegas, Orlando, Detroit, New Orleans, Savannah, San Juan, Richmond and Tampa.
TAP’s current ownership includes a 45% stake for Atlantic Gateway Consortium, which is co-led by JetBlue founder and current Azul CEO David Neeleman.
“One of the strategic pillars of TAP's road to success is customer service excellence and permanent evolution. Partnering with an airline such as JetBlue – well renowned and cherished for its quality, customer driven service – is a very important cornerstone of that pillar,” explained José Guedes Dias, TAP Portugal’s VP alliances, industry and regulatory affairs. “Our codeshare will allow TAP to extend and intensify its network coverage and service options in a key market like the United States, by conveniently combining our transatlantic services with JetBlue's domestic flights, all to our customers' benefit and increased smoothness of the travel.”
“TAP and JetBlue share a passion for offering customers a great experience at a low price, and we are pleased to include this brand as one of our partners,” continued Scott Laurence, SVP airline planning, JetBlue.