SAA and Jetblue enter bilateral codeshare

2013-07-31 08:32
Johannesburg – Travellers between South Africa and the US stand to benefit from the codeshare announced between South African Airways (SAA) and US carrier JetBlue.

SAA announced in a statement that it has entered into a a bilateral codeshare agreement with New York-based JetBlue Airways, pending both US Department of Transportation and South African Department of Transport regulatory approval.

Travellers to the US will now have seamless connections via New York's John F Kennedy International Airport and Washington’s Dulles International Airport.

JetBlue intends to place its “B6” code on South African Airways-operated flights between the US and both Johannesburg, South Africa, and Dakar, Senegal, as well as on connecting flights to select destinations beyond Johannesburg, including Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The airline said in the statement that the partnership – an expansion of an interline agreement first inked in 2010 – allows customers to purchase a single ticket combining SAA and JetBlue-operated flights and enjoy day-of-travel conveniences such as one-stop check-in and baggage transfer.

SAA has had a similar arrangement in place with JetBlue since 2011, placing its “SA” code on JetBlue-operated flights from its US  gateways to top destinations including Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida.

“South African Airways’ partnership with JetBlue has been a successful one from the start, and so we’re pleased that it has now grown into a bilateral codeshare arrangement, providing our customers with even more convenient booking and travel options,” said Manoj Papa, SAA’s acting General Manager.

"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.

At JFK Airport, JetBlue operates from its acclaimed Terminal 5, while SAA operates from the adjacent Terminal 4, allowing for fast and easy connections between flights.
At Washington Dulles, both JetBlue and SAA are co-located in Concourse B.

Tickets will be available for sale at a later date, pending regulatory and government approvals. 

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