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American Airlines and JetBlue have today announced that they’re moving forward with their previously announced agreement by codesharing on 80 flights out of New York and Boston. More importantly for American Airlines loyalists, we’ve also been told that the new tie-up with JetBlue will see American launch 12 new domestic routes and 6 new international routes out of New York and Boston this year.
New American Airlines International Routes
American Airlines will be offering three new routes to Colombia, a new route to Chile, and two new routes to the Caribbean out of New York JFK starting from later this year.
From May 6, 2021:
- Bogota (BOG) – daily service
- Cali (CLO) – daily service
- Medellin (MDE) – daily service
- Santiago (SCL) – 3x/week & moving to a daily service in November 2021
From June 5, 2021:
- St. Lucia (UVF) – Saturday service
- Turks & Caicos (PLS) – Saturday service
These routes come in addition to the previously announced new international routes from JFK to Tel Aviv and Athens.
New American Airlines Domestic Routes
From Boston (BOS)
American Airlines is launching four seasonal routes and one year-round route out of Boston starting this summer. As things stand, these are the proposed new routes and the dates they’re expected to operate:
- Asheville, North Carolina (AVL) – Operating between June 5 & November 6
- Columbus, Ohio (CMH) – Starting August 17 and operating year-round
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming (JAC) – Operating between June 5 & September 4
- Traverse City, Michigan (TVC) – Operating between June 5 & September 6
- Wilmington, North Carolina (ILM) – Operating between June 5 & August 14
From New York (JFK)
New York JFK will be getting new transcontinental service from American Airlines later this year and it’s expected to operate year-round.
- Orange County, California (SNA) – Starting June 2 and operating year-round
From New York (LGA)
American Airlines is launching five seasonal routes and one year-round route out of New York LaGuardia starting this summer. As things stand, these are the proposed new routes and the dates they’re expected to operate:
- Kansas City, Missouri (MCI) – Starting September 8 and operating year-round
- Key West, Florida (EYW) – Operating between June 5 & September 4
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR) – Operating between June 3 & September 7
- Pensacola, Florida (PNS) – Operating between June 3 & September 7
- Rapid City, South Dakota (RAP) – Operating between June 4 & September 4
- Savannah, Georgia (SAV) – Operating between June 3 & September 7
Improved Schedules On The Way
American Airlines and JetBlue have said that they’re aligning schedules in key markets through their reciprocal codeshare arrangement.
From April 2021, the airlines say that they will offer more flights than any other carrier between New York and Los Angeles when they coordinate their schedules. I total, American and JetBlue, combined, will offer 14 daily flights between JFK/EWR and LAX.
In addition, American and JetBlue will also provide enhanced schedules between the following markets:
As the partnership matures, more route enhancements can be expected.
Codeshares Start From Next Week
American Airlines/JetBlue domestic codeshare flights are bookable from today for travel beginning February 25 (although, based on some of the prices I’m seeing, not all flare classes may have been loaded yet).
American Airlines flyers are being given access to 49 codeshare routes on JetBlue, while JetBlue flyers will have access to “more than 25 routes” on American Airlines (specific details of which routes these are haven’t been provided). The airlines say that they expect to begin codesharing on the new international routes “soon”.
The press release promises that more Northeast markets, including connections operated by a mix of both American and JetBlue through Boston and New York, will be added “regularly” throughout the first half of this year.
With American Airlines offering miles and elite qualifying credits on its JetBlue codeshares, AAdvantage elites now have a significant number of new routes on which to earn miles and status.
American Airlines & JetBlue are moving ahead with their new partnership by launching reciprocal codeshares from today. Also, as a direct result of its partnership with JetBlue, American Airlines will launch six new international routes out of New York JFK and twelve new routes out of New York (JFK/LGA) and Boston.