JetBlue planning to partner with more carriers
JetBlue stated it plans to partner with more carriers in “weeks and months to come”, after recently signing a deal with American Airlines to swap slots (Associated Press/Seeking Alpha/MarketWatch, 28-Apr-2010). The carrier also has deals with Lufthansa and Aer Lingus. CEO, David Barger, stated JetBlue is “well positioned” to serve global carriers.
JetBlue: “We also continue to benefit from our partnerships with Aer Lingus and Lufthansa. As discussed on prior earning calls, we intend to continue to develop opportunities to monetise our valuable presence in New York and Boston by linking our network with other airlines. We expect to make additional partnership announcements in the months to come … I think headline with the Lufthansa team, incredible strength that it has provided to JetBlue and respect the investments the board seats global expertise … I think I would, you know as you look at the American partnership that we’ve announced at this point, its interline slot trades, it’s the ability to really use our architecture at JFK and Boston, and I think we’re starting to see this affirmation of our investments. It’s Aer Lingus. It’s Lufthansa. It’s American. And as I mentioned in my prepared comments, additional announcements in the weeks and months to come,” David Barger, CEO. Source: Seeking Alpha, 28-Apr-2010.