Japan Airlines (JAL) and JetBlue Airways have upgraded their existing interline agreement into a codeshare agreement.
From April 22, the codeshare agreement allows Japan Airlines to place its ‘JL’ flight code on select JetBlue Airways-operated flights which connect New York and Boston with 21 destinations in the U.S. JAL’s sales and reservations for the codeshare flights begin on April 18.
Under the new codeshare agreement, customers can more easily connect between JAL’s daily Tokyo Narita service and U.S. domestic cities such as New Orleans; Portland, Maine; Rochester and Syracuse in New York State; and Washington Dulles International Airport, via JetBlue’s home base at New York JFK.
At Boston Logan International Airport, where JetBlue Airways has the largest presence of any airline, the codeshare arrangement will allow customers to transfer between JAL’s new non-stop flights to and from Tokyo Narita and such U.S. destinations as Buffalo, New York; Baltimore; Fort Lauderdale, and Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach in Florida.
The start of the new codeshare flights will coincide with JAL’s launch of its new Tokyo Narita-Boston route using the Boeing 787-8 on April 22.
This first-ever nonstop service between New England and Asia is a transpacific joint business route with oneworld alliance partner American Airlines, with which JAL also has an extensive codeshare agreement.
Together with American and JetBlue, JAL will be offer a much more comprehensive network on the densely populated East Coast of the United States.
JAL’s flights between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) will see flight JL008 departing NRT at 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and landing at BOS at 11:20 a.m. the same day, local time after crossing the international dateline. The flight becomes a daily service on May 31.
In the other direction, flight JL007 is timed to leave BOS at 1:10 p.m. and touch down at NRT at 3:50 p.m. the following day, local time, after crossing the international dateline.
Japan Airlines’ daily flight JL006 between Tokyo Narita and New York JFK pushes back from the gate at NRT at 11:20 a.m. and arrives at JFK at 11:15 a.m. the same day, local time, after crossing the international dateline.
In the other direction, flight JL005 departs JFK at 1:15 p.m. and reaches NRT at 4:25 p.m. the next day, local time, again after crossing the international dateline.