23-Apr-2012 1:24 PM

JetBlue aims to have 30 airline partners

JetBlue Airways CEO David Barger, during CAPA’s 'Airlines in Transition CEO Summit', said he expects the carrier will have 30 airline partners within the next few years. JetBlue now interlines or codeshares with 18 carriers, including 15 foreign carriers, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and small US regional Cape Air. Mr Barger says JetBlue has no intentions of joining a global alliance and plans to continue to pursue its “open architecture” strategy towards partnerships in which it seeks to feed foreign carriers serving its New York JFK hub. JetBlue now works with airlines from all three major alliances as well as non-aligned carriers. Mr Barger says he does not see the benefits of joining a global alliance as it adds cost and complexity and would restrict JetBlue from working with such a wide group of carriers.