Thursday, February 28, 2008

Aer Lingus and JetBlue: No codeshare but still an agreement

More detailed information is seeping out regarding the partnership between Aer Lingus and JetBlue. Tickets will be put on sale in April but only on the Aer Lingus site. JetBlue visitors will be redirected to the Aer Lingus website. Currently, the system is only arranged for flights from Dublin or Shannon to JFK, but will most likely be expanded to include Boston, Orlando, and continental Europe. The interesting note is that the carriers will not exchange codes and there are no interline agreements, the carriers are compensated as a straight swap for the fares. Ticket prices will merely be the sum of the individual legs, while there will be baggage transfer. The carriers state that this will not be a problem since they are neighbors in New York. One interesting note is that JetBlue has announced that it expects to partner with up to 10 carriers! These will most likely be foreign airlines serving JFK, and may include current Star, Oneworld, Skyteam, or independents. The same holds true for Aer Lingus on the other end. The software has been developed and is ready to accept new members.

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