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JetBlue announces interline agreement with South African Airways

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Old May 7, 10, 7:29 am
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JetBlue announces interline agreement with South African Airways

I guess they're back to being a candidate for *A membership since now they have another *A partner, right?
Effective May 12, 2010, customers will be able to purchase a single itinerary for travel on flights of both carriers in one simple transaction, enjoying easy connecting service between all JetBlue cities and 40 cities in the South African Airways network via JFK. Tickets can be purchased by visiting South African Airways' website at www.flysaa.com, calling SAA Reservations at 1-800-722-9675, or through a travel agent.
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Interline agreement with South African Airways

NEW YORK, May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- New York's hometown airline JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU - News) and South African Airways (SAA), Africa's most awarded airline, announced today that they have established a comprehensive interline agreement, providing new and convenient connection options for both SAA and JetBlue customers wishing to travel between the U.S. and southern Africa. Effective May 12, 2010, customers will be able to purchase a single itinerary for travel on flights of both carriers in one simple transaction, enjoying easy connecting service between all JetBlue cities and 40 cities in the South African Airways network via JFK. Tickets can be purchased by visiting South African Airways' website at www.flysaa.com, calling SAA Reservations at 1-800-722-9675, or through a travel agent.

New York's JFK is a key gateway for SAA with their daily non-stop flights to South Africa and is also the base of operations for JetBlue Airways, where it is the largest domestic airline. By working together at JFK the carriers will offer more options for travel between the United States and southern Africa and provide customers with a smooth travel experience.

This new partnership will offer increased convenience to customers on both sides of the Atlantic by allowing customers to travel on one single e-ticket and by offering through check-in. Customers will be able to check their bags to their final destination and receive boarding cards for both carriers' flights upon check-in with either JetBlue in the U.S. or SAA in southern Africa.

"There are lots of travelers flying to South Africa and southern Africa that originate in many of the cities that JetBlue currently serves," said Marc Cavaliere, executive vice president, North America for South African Airways. "We have had numerous requests from our customers expressing an interest in being able to easily connect to SAA's flights at JFK. It was an easy decision to create a seamless travel experience with JetBlue."

"Additionally, there are great synergies in service between the two airlines as we both put a premium on customer service and satisfaction," he added. "Perhaps best of all, this agreement comes just in time for the soccer championship in South Africa, and is a new and convenient way for JetBlue customers to experience the excitement of the tournament."

"We are excited to team up with South African Airways, introducing the JetBlue Experience to even more customers around the world and extending our reach all the way to the African continent," said Robin Hayes, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at JetBlue. "We look forward to offering our award-winning JetBlue Experience and even more choices to travelers, including all-leather seats, spacious legroom, unlimited free snacks and most importantly, genuine, friendly service. And, World Cup fans can follow the action on JetBlue with our 36 channels of free, live television and radio at every seatback."

South African Airways has a specially-created corporate division in place dedicated to ensuring that fans have the most comfortable and convenient service to and between the World Cup matches, including a round-the-clock domestic African flight schedule that will make it easy to fly to and from matches in the different cities. This schedule will complement SAA's already extensive flight schedule throughout southern Africa that connects with the airline's daily flight from New York/JFK.

In addition, all South African Airways flights in Johannesburg depart from the new, state-of-the-art Terminal B, providing for smooth and timely flight connections through a beautiful and modern terminal packed with many shopping, dining and relaxation options. A new lounge will provide Premium Business Class passengers with a luxurious haven in which to catch up on work, grab a bite to eat, or freshen up with revitalizing rainfall showers. Upon arrival in New York customers will transfer to JetBlue's new state-of-the-art Terminal 5 at JFK with its wide array of shopping and dining options as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal and enjoy a seamless connection into the JetBlue network.

Domestic service in the U.S. will be operated by JetBlue's fleet of Airbus A320 and EMBRAER 190 aircraft. Both aircraft feature comfy leather seats equipped with personal seatback TVs that offer JetBlue's signature in-flight entertainment: 36 channels of free, live DIRECTV programming and more than 100 channels of free XM Satellite radio. On flights longer than two hours, a selection of first-run movies and bonus features from JetBlue Features is also available.
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It is good timing with the world cup around the corner.

JFK has quite a lot of carriers that could use some additional feed. Emirates and Etihad could be good candidate as well given that they are not in any alliances.
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Smart move

Good move and just in time for Worl Cup. Since SAA is the *A does not mean one can get CO onepass miles flying on B6/SAA from BUF to South Africa ?
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No, this is just an interline deal that allows baggage transfer and purchasing tickets on 1 itinerary.
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Originally Posted by sfozrhfco View Post
It is good timing with the world cup around the corner.
Most folks going have already purchased their airfare, I would think.

Originally Posted by sfozrhfco View Post
JFK has quite a lot of carriers that could use some additional feed. Emirates and Etihad could be good candidate as well given that they are not in any alliances.
Yup, and JetBlue is very much looking to be partners with all of them. They don't care about existing global alliances so mush as basically building their own, just like Alaska Air did. The two carriers are scarily similar.

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Good move and just in time for Worl Cup. Since SAA is the *A does not mean one can get CO onepass miles flying on B6/SAA from BUF to South Africa ?
You would be able to credit the SA flights to CO but not the B6 flights.
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Perhaps on the LH codeshare flights

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Most folks going have already purchased their airfare, I would think.

Yup, and JetBlue is very much looking to be partners with all of them. They don't care about existing global alliances so mush as basically building their own, just like Alaska Air did. The two carriers are scarily similar.

Does this mean AA will buy both AS and B6 ?

You would be able to credit the SA flights to CO but not the B6 flights.
Maybe in the future but shouldn't the LH codeshare flights be able to get point to CO .
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Maybe in the future but shouldn't the LH codeshare flights be able to get point to CO .
Nope. *A credits based on operating carrier, not marketing carrier. So a LH code on B6 metal earns nothing in CO (or LH, AFAIK).

As for AA buying anyone, I'd love to see them try. They have no money and continue to lose more and more.
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