JetBlue draws interest from Oneworld carriers

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JetBlue's ties to the Oneworld alliance could extend well beyond the interline deal recently unveiled with American Airlines.

American and JetBlue on 31 March announced a new strategic tie-up that entails the forging of an interline partnership covering certain non-overlapping markets from Boston and JFK. Another element of the new partnership is JetBlue agreeing to transfer 12 pairs of slots at JFK to American, while American will cede eight slot pairs at Washington National airport to JetBlue.

During an 8 April press conference after the Oneworld's governing board meeting concluded, American chief executive Gerard Arpey said several Oneworld CEOs during the last couple of days had expressed interest in forging bilateral agreements with JetBlue.

Arpey says he is not surprised to see the interest in JetBlue given its strong presence at New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport.

American's chief says JetBlue's strong brand and the carrier's strategic presence at JFK were a key combination in the airlines forging their new partnership. Asked if American could replicate its relationship with JetBlue with other low cost carriers, Arpey says that "may or may not be the case".