JetBlue and BA seek codeshare

JetBlue Airways is planning to implement a codeshare arrangement with British Airways to link networks and sell flights within the US and between London and Europe.

Made on May 22, the application to the US Department of Transportation is for reciprocal blanket codesharing and will see the American firm’s B6 designator appear on flights flown by the British carrier and vice versa with the BA code. The arrangement does not cover their transatlantic flights.

Each airline will have the opportunity to sell seats on each other’s flights. JetBlue plans to initially codeshare on 39 routes from New York and 36 from Boston, while BA will codeshare on 17 routes from London. BA already maintains a long-standing codeshare agreement with fellow Oneworld alliance founder American Airlines.


In other news, JetBlue launched a daily summer seasonal service from New York/JFK to Edinburgh on May 23, running to the end of September, using an Airbus A321neo. Marty St George, president of JetBlue, said: “We look forward to connecting Scotland and the northeast this summer." Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, added: “We are excited to see another new airline and tailfin as JetBlue adds Edinburgh Airport to its fast-growing European network, bringing our two countries even closer together.”