ETW STAFF – Mumbai
South African Airways (SAA) and JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline (TM), have announced a bilateral codeshare agreement to seamlessly connect the carriers’ networks via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD). The agreement is pending both US Department of Transportation and South African Department of Transport regulatory approval.
The partnership – an expansion of an interline agreement first inked in 2010 – allows customers to purchase a single ticket combining SAA and JetBlue-operated flights and enjoy day-of-travel conveniences such as one-stop check-in and baggage transfer.
JetBlue intends to place its “B6” code on South African Airways-operated flights between the US and both Johannesburg, South Africa, and Dakar, Senegal, as well as on connecting flights to select destinations beyond Johannesburg, including Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
SAA has had a similar arrangement in place with JetBlue since 2011, placing its ‘SA’ code on JetBlue-operated flights from its US gateways to top destinations including Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida. “South African Airways’ partnership with JetBlue has been a successful one from the start, and so we’re pleased that it has now grown into a bilateral codeshare arrangement, providing our customers with even more convenient booking and travel options,” said Manoj Papa, acting general manager, SAA.