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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
JetBlue’s use of partners to expand its networks is wise, but will it be enough to convince others that it really wants to go it alone?
Singapore Airlines and JetBlue Airways have filed an application with the US Department of Transportation for a bilateral codeshare agreement which would give Singapore Airlines customers access to 16 destinations in the US, and JetBlue customers access to five cities in Europe and Asia.
The airlines have been interline partners since 2011, but this expanded codeshare agreement would combine flights on both carriers, facilitate one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in.
“We are pleased with our new codeshare agreement with JetBlue Airways,” says Singapore Airlines’ Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr Mak Swee Wah. “This partnership is testament to our continuous commitment to expand our network and provide customers with more seamless travel options.”
The new destinations for Singapore airlines customers on JetBlue flights with an ‘SQ’ designator, would be from New York JFK to Austin, Texas; Boston, Massachusetts; Buffalo, New York; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois (O’Hare); Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Florida; Houston, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; Orlando, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Portland, Maine; Rochester, New York; Syracuse, New York; Tampa, Florida; Washington DC (Dulles); West Palm Beach, Florida.
JetBlue would add destinations with its ‘B6’ designator on five daily flights operated by Singapore Airlines between the following city pairs: Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo (NRT); New York (JFK) – Frankfurt (FRA); San Francisco (SFO) – Hong Kong (HKG); San Francisco (SFO) – Seoul (ICN).
“By expanding our partnership [with Singapore Airlines],” says JetBlue President Robin Hayes, “JetBlue customers will now have access to many more destinations around the globe, enjoying the ultimate service and comfort throughout their entire journey. This is another first-rate airline partner for JetBlue in a short time, which truly reaffirms our growing status among airlines globally.”
As reported here on Skift, JetBlue announced an expanded partnership with JAL on US Domestic Routes this March 20.
Marisa Garcia has worked in aviation since 1994, spending 16 years on the design and manufacturing of cabin interiors and cabin safety equipment. She shares insights gained from this experience on Flight Chic and Tweets as @designerjet.