American, JetBlue announce slot swap, interline agreement

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. JetBlue's Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N258JB (msn 19000047) prepares to land at the Long Beach focus city. Due to this new arrangement, the ERJ 190s are expected to leave the West Coast and return to the East Coast in May 2010 and will be operated from DCA.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and JetBlue Airways (New York-JFK) announced an agreement for collaboration that will offer JetBlue customers connections to American’s international flights from New York’s John F.Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Boston’s Logan International Airport, where JetBlue is the largest domestic airline, and offer American’s customers convenient nonstop domestic flight options on JetBlue from those markets.

Under terms of the agreement, American intends to transfer eight slot pairs at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport and one slot pair at White Plains, NY to JetBlue, and JetBlue intends to transfer 12 slot pairs at New York’s John F.Kennedy International Airport to American.

The agreement will provide customers with interline service in non-overlapping markets, which will offer them more choices and convenient connections. The companies are also exploring other commercial cooperation.

On domestic routes where the carriers don’t currently compete, American customers can book convenient, nonstop JetBlue flights from JFK and Boston to 18 domestic markets, including Portland, ME; Nantucket; and Burlington, VT.

Starting in summer 2010, American and American Eagle will expand the routes and service they offer customers from New York. Including previously announced additions, by year end at LaGuardia and JFK combined, American and American Eagle will add 31 total flights to and from 13 additional routes, bringing total NYC departures to 216 and unique destinations to 63. The announcement includes seven new destinations served on 23 new roundtrip flights. When combined with new options for travel on JetBlue, American’s New York customers will have access to 81 unique destinations on 271 nonstop flights by the end of 2010. In addition, American serves four destinations with 18 daily departures out of Newark’s Liberty International Airport.


New American Eagle Bombardier CRJ700 regional jets, outfitted with First Class as well as new Coach Class seats, will fly new routes from LaGuardia to Minneapolis-St. Paul four times daily, to Atlanta seven times daily, and five times daily to Charlotte. The CRJ700s will also be used to fly existing routes from LaGuardia to Toronto and Raleigh-Durham, giving passengers in those markets access to First Class service.

American will also increase mainline daily flights to and from Miami and Chicago from LaGuardia.


As previously announced, American begins service in April and May to San Jose, Costa Rica; Madrid, and Manchester, England. Previously announced nonstop service to Austin will begin in July.

American also announced it will add twice-daily, nonstop service to and from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood in November and increase daily frequencies to Orlando, Las Vegas, and Miami effective in November.

American Eagle previously announced daily round-trip service on regional jets to and from Columbus, Ohio, and St. Louis. American Eagle today announced twice-daily service to and from both Indianapolis, and Cincinnati. In addition, American Eagle will begin one flight daily to and from Norfolk. Those new flights will use Embraer regional jets and are slated to begin by year end. They will be assigned times so that customers can make connections to American’s international flights. The airline will also assign the two-class CRJ700s to upgrade existing routes from JFK, offering First Class service to Washington (Reagan National), Boston, and Toronto starting in early 2011.


JetBlue Airways also announced plans to serve the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) beginning in November 2010. JetBlue intends to initially offer travelers at least eight daily departures from DCA to select East Coast destinations, complementing its existing service from Washington Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.