JetBlue continues to develop its roster of international codeshare partners, announcing on Thursday that it is seeking regulatory approval for a codeshare passenger-sharing pact with Singapore Airlines.
The carriers already had an interline pact that, among other things, allowed the airlines to handle the bags of each other’s fliers. But the codeshare pact, if approved, would allow deeper ties between the carriers.
A codeshare pact allows airlines to sell connecting seats on itineraries that involve both airlines. A JetBlue customer, for example, would be able to book a single ticket from JetBlue to fly from New York to San Francisco on JetBlue and then connect to an onward Singapore Airlines flight to Hong Kong.
JetBlue pledges “the expanded partnership would provide customers seamless connections between the two airlines, combining flights on both carriers and easily facilitating one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in.”
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The carriers say the codeshare flights will become available for booking at each airline once they receive regulatory approval.
Under the proposed codeshare, JetBlue customers would gain access to five of Singapore Airlines’ destinations in Europe and Asia. Singapore Airlines customers would gain access to 16 of JetBlue’s U.S. destinations.
The move comes as JetBlue has aggressively expanded its list of partners. If approved, the Singapore would become its fifth new codeshare partners since 2013. It was just two weeks ago that JetBlue announced a similar partnership with Turkish Airlines. Also announcing codeshare pacts with JetBlue since 2013 are Aer Lingus, Qatar Airways and South African Airways. JetBlue also announced in May 2013 that it would broaden an existing codeshare deal with Emirates.
“Singapore Airlines is a world-class airline renowned for its superior customer service and product offering,” JetBlue President Robin Hayes says in a statement. “By expanding our partnership, JetBlue customers will have access to many more destinations around the globe. This is another first-rate airline partner for JetBlue in a short time, which truly reaffirms our growing status among airlines globally.”
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As part of the proposed codeshare agreement, JetBlue would put its “B6″ on the following Singapore Airlines’ flights to/from the USA:
- Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo (NRT) – Singapore (SIN)
- New York (JFK) – Frankfurt (FRA) – Singapore (SIN)
- San Francisco (SFO) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore (SIN)
- San Francisco (SFO) – Seoul (ICN) – Singapore (SIN)
On the other side of the deal, Singapore Airlines would place its “SQ” airline code on JetBlue flights from New York JFK to the following destinations: Austin, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago O’Hare, Fort Lauderdale, Houston Hobby, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Orlando, Portland (Maine), Rochester (N.Y.), Syracuse (N.Y.), Tampa, Washington Dulles and West Palm Beach.