Etihad passengers who are looking for trips to Fort Lauderdale and other JetBlue cities will now find it much easier to make the connection, and the converse is true for JetBlue passengers, as well. In tandem with JetBlue's existing codeshare with Emirates, the New York-based carrier is branching out in the Middle East and elsewhere.
JetBlue Airways Corp. and the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, have formed a partnership to allow passengers to fly on routes operated by both carriers on a single ticket.
A statement by the two airlines Wednesday says that initially, Etihad will codeshare on 40 JetBlue routes within the United States. The airliners say more codeshare services are planned on JetBlue flights once Etihad commences daily flights to Los Angeles this June.
The agreement is subject to government approval.
Etihad currently has non-stop daily flights from Abu Dhabi to New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago.
In late 2012, JetBlue formed a codeshare deal with the Mideast’s biggest airline, Emirates, which flies daily from its hub in Dubai to Jet Blue’s home base at New York’s JFK.
Photo credit: A JetBlue Airways plane awaits take off while at LaGuardia Airport in New York April 5, 2012. Lucas Jackson / Reuters