NEW YORK and TOKYO – JetBlue Airways and Japan Airlines (JAL) today announced a codeshare agreement, expanding the current interline partnership between the carriers’ two networks in Tokyo and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport as well as Boston’s Logan International Airport. Customers looking to make a reservation, which will feature JAL’s code on JetBlue-operated flights, can book starting tomorrow, April 18 for travel on or after April 22, 2012.
The start of the new agreement on April 22 coincides with JAL’s brand new service from Boston to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport using the super-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the only nonstop flight from New England to Asia. Japan Airlines offers daily nonstop service to Narita from JFK, and customers may also continue to book tickets for combined interline travel on JetBlue and Japan Airlines through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where travellers may connect onward to most major cities in Asia including Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei.
“In addition to our New York and Los Angeles offerings, customers in New England can now conveniently connect in Boston, where we are the largest airline, for direct service to Asia just in time for summer,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s vice president of network planning and partnerships. “Japan Airline’s partnership with JetBlue will introduce a new stream of travelers to our airline’s brand, our people, and our award-winning service.”
Via Boston, customers can connect to Tokyo from thirteen U.S. destinations including Buffalo, N.Y.; Baltimore, MD; Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; and Washington, D.C. (National and Dulles).
At New York, JetBlue offers easy connections between JAL-operated flights and cities including Buffalo, N.Y.; Burlington, Vt.; Charlotte, N.C.; Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Fla.; Houston, Texas; New Orleans, La.; Portland, Maine; Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y.; and Washington, D.C. (Dulles).
Customers connecting from JAL to JetBlue will enjoy all-leather seating, the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch), free in-flight entertainment at every seatback, and unlimited free snacks and drinks.