American Airlines today announced a commercial agreement with JetBlue, which will include interlining in markets where the two airlines don't compete.
American describes some of the possible interlining scenarios.
"The partnership will focus on routes into and out of JFK and Boston Logan International Airport that extend and complement each others’ networks," American states.
"For example, it would provide seamless service for customers who wish to fly nonstop from Nantucket to JFK on JetBlue and from there to London on American. Likewise, customers can board American from Paris to JFK and connect to a nonstop flight on JetBlue to Burlington, Vt. JetBlue customers will be able to effortlessly connect on flights to 12 of American’s international destinations from JFK and Boston including Barcelona, Spain; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Tokyo, Japan.
"On domestic routes where the carriers don’t currently compete, American customers can book convenient, nonstop JetBlue flights from JFK and Boston to 18 domestic markets, including Portland, Maine; Nantucket, Mass.; and Burlington, Vt."
The American-JetBlue agreement also calls for a slot-swap at three airports.
JetBlue would transfer 12 slot pairs at JFK to American and, in exchange, American would hand over eight slot pairs at Reagan National Airport and one at White Plains, N.Y., to JetBlue.
American says some aspects of the new JetBlue agreement are subject to oversight by regulatory authorities.
When JetBlue transitioned to the SabreSonic reservations system a couple of months ago, the airline stated that one of the benefits would be its enhanced ability to interline and partner with other airlines.