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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

► UNITED STATES: JetBlue, South African Airways ink codeshare deal.

US-based domestic and regional carrier, JetBlue Airways (B6), and South African Airways (SA) have announced a bilateral codeshare agreement aimed at connecting the carriers’ networks via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Washington’s Dulles International SAA logoAirport (IAD). While the agreement is still pending U.S. Department of Transport regulatory approval and subject to receipt of foreign government operating authority, it will allow customers to purchase a single ticket combining SAA and JetBlue-operated flights and is an expansion of an interline agreement first inked in 2010.

JetBlue intends to place its “B6” code on South African Airways-operated flights between the U.S. and both Johannesburg, South Africa, and Dakar, Senegal, as well as on connecting flights to Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Tickets will be available for sale at a later date, pending regulatory and government approvals.

SAA has had a similar arrangement in place with JetBlue since 2011, placing its “SA” code on JetBlue-operated flights to Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida.
We are excited to expand our successful relationship with South African Airways through this new codeshare via Washington and JFK, where JetBlue is the number one domestic airline,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s vice president of network planning and partnerships. “South African has been a terrific travel partner for JetBlue, consistently delivering a great experience for our customers. We look forward to working with them to offer even more travel options in the years to come.
SAA flies nonstop each day between New York and Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport and daily between Washington and Johannesburg via Dakar’s Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport.

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