Posted on: 11 June 2012 by Mark Howells
The chief executives of JetBlue Airways and Air China have announced a new partnership during the 68th IATA Annual General Meeting in Beijing.
The agreement marks the first partnership between JetBlue and a carrier based in the rapidly-expanding Chinese market.
Air China and JetBlue will initially offer interline connections between their networks at New York JFK as well as at Los Angeles International (LAX). Tickets are expected to go on sale later this summer. Subject to government approval, Air China this autumn plans to enter into a codeshare with JetBlue and place its ‘CA’ designator on flights operated by JetBlue.
“We are pleased to announce this exciting new partnership here in Air China’s hometown,” said Dave Barger, JetBlue’s president and chief executive officer. “The Chinese market continues to be a key portion of the global economy, and so we look forward to connecting business and leisure travellers between both of these well-developed networks.”
Jianjiang Cai, Air China’s president and CEO added, “The partnership with JetBlue creates many connecting opportunities at Air China’s two strategically important US gateways, New York and Los Angeles. It strengthens both our networks and benefits travellers of both countries.”
Air China offers one daily flight from New York and two daily flights from Los Angeles to Beijing Capital International Airport. In addition, separate from the JetBlue interline, the airline flies once-daily from San Francisco and Vancouver to Beijing. US-bound travellers can make connections from Air China’s Beijing flights onto JetBlue flights.