JetBlue, American in Hub, N.Y. deal

Associated Press / April 1, 2010

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NEW YORK — American Airlines and JetBlue Airways said yesterday they have formed a partnership to offer passengers connections to flights in and out of New York and Boston.

JetBlue customers will be able to connect on flights to 12 of American’s international destinations from JFK and Boston. American customers can book nonstop JetBlue flights from JFK and Boston’s Logan Airport to 18 domestic spots that American doesn’t serve from those cities.

The deal will feed new passengers into both carriers’ networks by allowing them to book both legs of a flight at the same time. For example, it will streamline service for customers who fly from Nantucket, Mass., to JFK on JetBlue and from there to London on American.

American, a unit of AMR Corp., also plans to add 23 more flights to and from seven new destinations out of New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports by the end of the year.

Combined with earlier announcements, American and sister carrier American Eagle will add 31 total flights and 13 additional routes to and from the two airports by the end of 2010. The first few flights begin in April. In a news conference about the partnership, American chief executive Gerard Arpey said he doesn’t expect the new flights to cause major problems at JFK, where the main runway is shut down until June 30 for repairs.

American has also pledged over $30 million for terminal improvements at the airports.