Posted on: 07 May 2010 by Ross McSweeny
JetBlue Airways and South African Airways (SAA) have established a comprehensive interline agreement, providing new and convenient connection options for both SAA and JetBlue customers wishing to travel between the US and southern Africa.
From 12 May 2010, customers will be able to purchase a single itinerary for travel on flights of both carriers in one transaction, enjoying easy connecting service between all JetBlue cities and 40 cities in the South African Airways network via New York JFK.
The airport is a key gateway for SAA with its daily non-stop flights to South Africa and is also the base of operations for JetBlue, where it is the largest domestic airline. By working together at JFK the carriers say they will offer more options for travel between the United States and southern Africa and provide customers with a smooth travel experience.
This increased convenience will enable customers to travel on a single e-ticket and offer through check-in.
"There are lots of travellers flying to South Africa and southern Africa that originate in many of the cities that JetBlue currently serves," said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice-president, North America for SAA. "We have had numerous requests from our customers expressing an interest in being able to easily connect to SAA’s flights at JFK. It was an easy decision to create a seamless travel experience with JetBlue."
Robin Hayes, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer at JetBlue, commented, "We are excited to team up with South African Airways, introducing the JetBlue Experience to even more customers around the world and extending our reach all the way to the African continent."