JetBlue Airways CEO David Barger revealed during CAPA’s 'Airlines in Transition CEO Summit' that the carrier is discussing a partnership with Etihad Airways. Mr Barger pointed out JetBlue is already feeding two major Gulf carriers, Qatar Airways and Emirates, “and discussions are progressing with Etihad as well’’. JetBlue has been interlining with Emirates since 2010 and earlier this month announced an upgrade in this partnership to a codeshare. JetBlue and Qatar Airways forged an interline agreement last year. Mr Barger says the rapid expansion of the Gulf carriers have started to have an impact in the US market. “It is creating controversy, absolutely.”
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