American and JetBlue move forward with new routes and immediate codeshare despiteopposition.
Gary Leff at 18. February 2021.
Although the other airlines oppose the government giving them more runways for American and JetBlue aircraft, and JetBlue pilots reject an agreement to fully implement the proposed partnership, both airlines have the government’s approval and do not want to lose the momentum they have gained.
So American and JetBlue announced the first step forward, shortly after the tug-of-war with JetBlue pilots, who narrowly rejected the deal between the airline and its alliance.
- 33 new routes in New York and Boston, starting in June (some already announced).
- Immediate code sale for flights starting next Thursday in nearly 50 markets for 80 flights
- Coordination of schedules between NYC Kennedy and Newark and Los Angeles.
In addition to international routes such as New York JFK to Tel Aviv and Athens, American is adding daily flights from New York JFK to Cali (CLO), Bogota (BOG) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia, and will add flights to Santiago. In Saint Lucia (UVF) and Turks and Caicos (PLS) a Saturday service has been added.
Among the recently announced summer seasonal domestic routes for Americans from New York and Boston:
|Boston||Asheville, North Carolina (AVL)||5. June – 6. November|
|Boston||Columbus, Ohio (CMH)||17. August, all year round|
|Boston||Jackson Hole, Wyoming (JAC)||5. June – 4. September|
|Boston||Traverse City, Michigan (TVC)||5. June – 6. September|
|Boston||Wilmington, North Carolina (ILM)||5. June – 14. August|
|New York Kennedy||Orange County, California (SNA)||2. June, all year round|
|New York LGA||Kansas City, Missouri (MCI)||8. September, all year round|
|New York LGA||Key West, Florida (EYW)||5. June – 4. September|
|New York LGA||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MIR)||3. June – 7. September|
|New York LGA||Pensacola, Florida (PNC)||3. June – 7. September|
|New York LGA||Rapid City, South Dakota (RAP)||5. June – 4. September|
|New York LGA||Savannah, Georgia (SAV)||3. June – 7. September|
The points that matter most to customers – mileage reciprocity, reimbursement and elite recognition – remain untouched,
This spring, American Airlines AAdvantage® and TrueBlue customers will be able to earn points or miles on both airlines, further increasing the value of both frequent flyer programs for all passengers.
Over time, customers will also be able to redeem points or miles on both carriers, and the airlines are exploring ways to recognize elite members of American Airlines’ AAdvantage program and JetBlue Mosaic customers on both carriers. Loyalty program participants will receive more information later this year.
Revenues will begin this spring and repayment will occur over time, with details to be announced later. So this announcement is incomplete from a customer standpoint and should be seen as a way to build on momentum rather than risk a backlash after JetBlue pilots pulled out of the deal (which is odd because their pilots would benefit from access to American’s slots in New York, while American-Eagle’s crew might take it a little lightly).
After all, this deal should make American Airlines bigger in New York, which is good for competition – and creates a more formidable opponent for Delta (JFK and LaGuardia) and United (Newark).
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