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Is the JetBlue-American Airlines Honeymoon About to End?

Excerpt from Barron's

Feb 15, 2014 3:00 pm

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There was idle talk that American Airlines would have had its eyes on JetBlue as a merger partner if the tie-up with US Airways hadn’t worked out. Now, instead of warmer relations, talk is turning to a looming fallout between JetBlue and American.

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A JetBlue Airways logo is seen at the check-in counter at LaGuardia Airport in New York April 5, 2012. Lucas Jackson / Reuters


Since 2010, the old American Airlines has had an agreement with JetBlue to share some flights. Are the two airlines heading for a larger partnership?

Wolfe Resarch’s Hunter Keay doesn’t think so: “In fact it’s entirely possible that [American Airlines] terminates the interline if [American Airlines] thinks it can make more money flying those routes itself in Seattle. In fact [American Airlines] probably now has new incentive to isolate [JetBlue] on the east coast following [JetBlue’s] post-merger growth into DCA.”

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