Posted on: 08 June 2010 by Mark Howells
JetBlue Airways has achieved official membership of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Joining IATA requires successfully passing the IATA Operational Safety Audit, which JetBlue completed in April 2010. The airline believes membership will expand JetBlue’s global industry voice and expand partnership opportunities with other world-class airlines, proving that the value-based carrier meets the highest industry benchmarks. The airline recently signed an interline agreement with South African Airways, which joins airlines that have interline partnerships with JetBlue such as Lufthansa, American Airlines, Cape Air and Aer Lingus.
"On behalf of JetBlue’s 12,500 crewmembers, it is an honour to represent JetBlue at IATA’s 2010 Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Berlin," said Dave Barger, president and CEO of JetBlue Airways. "Over the last several years, we have focused on growing our network into Central America, Latin America and South America in addition to our core North American network. Our ever-growing international connectivity led to our desire to join the international community of airlines led by IATA."