Airlines Norwegian and JetBlue announce intent for partnership

Norwegian and JetBlue have announced that both airlines have the intent for a strategic partnership.

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A Letter of Intent (LoI) was signed between the two parties for an interline agreement. Once established, the partnership will allow customers to combine low fares in a convenient single booking for flights between Europe and the Americas.

Furthermore, connecting flights on both airlines´ website can bee booked. Both airlines are combining their best of the respective network. According to Norwegian, the partnership is planned to launch in early Summer 2020. Flight could be bookable in early 2020.

“We are very excited to partner with JetBlue as this will make international travel even smoother and more available for our customers. JetBlue is the largest airline at several of our key gateways in the United States, specifically New York JFK, Boston and Fort Lauderdale, and this partnership will create a plethora of new route connections for customers on both sides of the Atlantic. The partnership will provide travellers throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America with more affordable fares to Europe and vice versa. And not least it will offer seamless connections with two of the most awarded low-cost airlines in the world,” said Norwegian’s Acting CEO and Chief Financial Officer, Geir Karlsen.

“This new agreement with Norwegian seamlessly connects JetBlue’s robust network throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America with the exciting European destinations on our new partner’s route map,” said Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer, JetBlue. “Norwegian shares our belief that customers benefit when we can bring competition and low fares to the transatlantic market currently dominated by joint ventures, legacy alliances and sky-high ticket prices.”

This strategic partnership will connect around 100 destinations across the United Sates with Norwegian´s network. Connecting airports will be New York JFK and Fort Lauderdale. Currently, Norwegian offers 20 nonstop routes to Europe using Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

JetBlue is one of the leading airlines in the United States. The airline was founded in July 1999 and operates mainly from New York JFK. The current fleet consists of 130 Airbus A320s, 63 A321s and 60 Embraer ERJ-190s. Two of the A321s are state-of-the-art A321neos.

Norwegian is a low-cost carrier group. Subsidiary airlines are Norwegian Air Argentina, International, Shuttle, Sweden, UK and Long Haul. Together, the group flies with 122 Boeing 737s and 37 787 Dreamliner. Norwegian currently has to storage several 737 MAX aircraft after the fatal crashes.

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