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JetBlue and Aer Lingus Announce Codeshare Agreement

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Agreement includes connecting flights to/from New York's JFK and Boston's Logan
International Airport -
- Aer Lingus to move into JetBlue's JFK Terminal 5 in
April -

 

NEW YORK and DUBLIN, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --JetBlue Airways
(Nasdaq: JBLU), New York's Hometown Airline™, and
Aer Lingus, Ireland's flag carrier, today
announced a codeshare agreement that expands upon the partnership that has
linked the two carriers' networks at New York's
John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston's Logan International Airport since 2008.

 

Flights operated by JetBlue and featuring the Aer Lingus "EI"
flight
number will soon be available for sale on the Aer Lingus website,
travel agents and online travel agencies, connecting the Irish carrier's
transatlantic flights with 29 JetBlue destinations in North America including Baltimore, Buffalo,
Dallas-Fort Worth, Fort
Lauderdale
, Orlando, Philadelphia, Rochester,
Syracuse, Tampa,
and West Palm Beach, subject to receipt of
government approval.


 

Through the JetBlue-Aer Lingus partnership, customers can enjoy the
convenience of booking a single ticket that includes flights operated by both
carriers, with benefits including one-stop check-in and baggage transfer to
dozens of destinations throughout the United
States
.


 

"We are pleased to expand our successful relationship with Aer Lingus with
this new codeshare agreement, providing customers more access to both networks,"
said Robin Hayes, JetBlue's Chief Commercial
Officer. "Aer Lingus was our first international airline partner; we're thrilled
with the strength of and growth in our partnership and happy to welcome them in
our home at Terminal 5."


 

Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Commercial Officer at
Aer Lingus added, "We are delighted to expand our relationship with JetBlue, as
we enter into our fifth year of partnership. Aer Lingus and JetBlue share the
same customer focused ethos and passion for innovation and best-in-class
service. We've had fantastic feedback from customers to the high level of
convenience and choice of destinations. With the new codeshare agreement coupled
with increased frequencies on our US routes, we look forward to providing
customers with more choice and a seamless travel experience."


 

The start of the new codeshare arrangement coincides with the move of Aer
Lingus' New York flight operations from Terminal
4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport into
JetBlue's acclaimed Terminal 5. Aer Lingus customers connecting to one of
JetBlue's many destinations across the U.S. will benefit from same terminal
connections, one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in for travel on both
airlines, from the U.S. to Europe.


 

With the move to Terminal 5, scheduled for April 3,
2013
, the minimum connection time from European arrivals to US departures
will be reduced to just about 60 minutes. Customers travelling to Ireland will enjoy connections as fast as 40 minutes.

http://investor.jetblue.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=131045&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1787523&highlight=

 

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