Lufthansa and JetBlue Airways have signed a codeshare agreement that envisages JetBlue placing Lufthansa’s ‘LH’ flight code on its flights.
The airlines have applied for authorization for their proposed codeshare from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Initially, the airlines plan to offer connecting service between 12 JetBlue Airways destinations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and Lufthansa’s network of 180 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Once the DOT issues a statement of authorization, Lufthansa and JetBlue plan to offer convenient connections between the airlines’ networks, beginning first with the following U.S. cities: Austin, Texas; Buffalo, New York; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Fort Myers, Florida; New Orleans; Pittsburgh; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Rochester, New York; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Syracuse, New York; Tampa, Florida; and West Palm Beach, Florida.
Passengers traveling from these U.S. cities on JetBlue will be able to connect via New York JFK or Boston on to Lufthansa flights bound for destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The airlines say codeshare operations will allow them to provide their customers with an extended route network and a seamless flight experience. Pending authorization, codeshare flights will be available for sale by early October, and will be bookable on lufthansa.com, via a link on jetblue.com, or through local and online travel agencies.
In January 2008, the two airlines entered into an agreement under which Deutsche Lufthansa AG purchased an ownership interest in JetBlue Airways Corporation.