JetBlue Airways and Aer Lingus have signed a codeshare agreement to expand upon the interline partnership that has linked the two carriers’ networks at New York JFK and Boston Logan International Airport since 2008.
Subject to receipt of government approval, flights operated by JetBlue and featuring the Aer Lingus ‘EI’ flight code will soon be available for sale through the Aer Lingus website, travel agents and online travel agencies, connecting the Irish carrier’s transatlantic flights with 29 JetBlue Airways destinations in North America.
These destinations include Baltimore, Buffalo, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Philadelphia, Rochester, Syracuse, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.
Through the JetBlue-Aer Lingus partnership, customers can book a single ticket that includes flights operated by both carriers. Single-ticket booking allows one-stop check-in and baggage transfer to dozens of destinations throughout the United States.
“Aer Lingus was our first international airline partner; we’re thrilled with the strength of and growth in our partnership and happy to welcome them in our home at Terminal 5,” says Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s Chief Commercial Officer.
“We are delighted to expand our relationship with JetBlue, as we enter into our fifth year of partnership,” says Stephen Kavanagh, chief commercial officer at Aer Lingus.
“We’ve had fantastic feedback from customers to the high level of convenience and choice of destinations. With the new codeshare agreement coupled with increased frequencies on our U.S. routes, we look forward to providing customers with more choice and a seamless travel experience,” adds Kavanagh.
The start of the new codeshare arrangement coincides with the move of Aer Lingus’ New York flight operations from Terminal 4 at New York JFK into JetBlue’s home at the new Terminal 5.
Aer Lingus customers connecting to one of JetBlue’s many destinations across the U.S. will thus benefit from same-terminal connections, one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in for travel on both airlines, including flights from the U.S. to Europe.
With the move to Terminal 5, scheduled for April 3, the minimum connection time from European arrivals to US departures will be reduced to about 60 minutes. Customers traveling on JetBlue on U.S. domestic flights to JFK to connect to flights to Ireland will be able to connect within periods of as little as 40 minutes.