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JetBlue and American Partnership Terminated Due to US Airways Strength in Philadelphia

Mar 15, 2014 3:00 pm

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The American Airlines and US Airways merger — and US Airways’ Philadelphia hub, in particular — got in the way of the American Airlines and JetBlue partnership. JetBlue shouldn’t have much trouble finding a new friend.

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Passengers wait in line at the JetBlue ticket counter at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts January 6, 2014. Brian Snyder / Reuters

The ending of the JetBlue-American frequent flyer and interline partnership is a byproduct of consolidation in the US industry that results in American, Delta and United focusing on maximising connectivity and revenue at their respective hubs.

In its simplest terms, the JetBlue-American partnership in Boston and JFK made little sense given the connecting power US Airways enjoys in Philadelphia.

Given JetBlue’s marketability from its JFK headquarters and largest base and its prominence in Boston, it is hard to believe the airline will face challenges in attracting new partners to replace the American partnership.

And American ensures it is not spilling revenue from its Philadelphia hub, which should emerge in the combined network as a key airport to serve secondary, but profitable, long-haul destinations. While ultimately inconsequential in the overall evolution of the US aviation industry, American’s decision to sever ties with JetBlue does reflect the changing dynamics of partnerships, and the tenuous nature of those tie-ups.

US Airways service on cities from Boston covered under the American-JetBlue interline deal

Interline servicefrom Boston US Airways servicefrom Boston US Airways servicefrom Philadelphia
Baltimore/Washington No Yes
Buffalo Yes Yes
Denver No Yes
Fort Myers No Yes
Jacksonville No Yes
Newark No No
Orlando No Yes
Phoenix Yes Yes
Pittsburgh No Yes
Washington Dulles No No
New Orleans No Yes
Richmond Yes Yes
San Francisco No Yes
Washington National Yes Yes
Raleigh No Yes
West Palm Beach No Yes

Source: CAPA – Centre for Aviation

This story originally appeared on CAPA – Centre for Aviation, a Skift content partner.

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