American and JetBlue Make a Deal

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American Airlines and JetBlue Airways inked a collaboration deal today that will allow JetBlue customers to connect to America's international flights.

To send passengers abroad, JetBlue will synch up with American at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Boston's Logan International Airport.

For example, passengers can now fly from Chicago, Illinois to JFK and then link to an American flight to Paris.

As part of the agreement, the airlines will be swapping slots -- or intervals of time an airline can takeoff or land at an airport. American will transfer eight slot pairs at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC and one slot pair at White Plains, New York to JetBlue. In return, JetBlue will transfer 12 slot pairs at JFK to American, JetBlue said in a press release.

"Combined with earlier announcements, American and sister carrier American Eagle will add 31 total flights and 13 additional routes to and from [JFK and LaGuardia] by the end of 2010," reported the Associated Press today. JetBlue expects to begin service to Reagan in November. The airline already services Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Airport in the Washington, DC area.

Both airlines are expected to benefit from the partnership. Ultimately, more customers will feed into the airlines networks, but the route swaps were carefully selected to serve markets where the carriers do not compete with one another.

"This new agreement with JetBlue complements our domestic and international network. It will provide important opportunities to grow international traffic flowing into and out of the Untied States for both American and JetBlue," said Gerard Arpey, Chairman and CEO of American Airlines in a statement.

JetBlue's CEO Dave Barger pointed out: "This agreement with American extends our route network to new and existing customers and will enhance our relevance at both JFK and Boston."

American Airlines serves 250 cities in 40 countries, with more than 3,400 daily flights on average. JetBlue serves 60 cities with 600 daily flights.
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