JetBlue eyes expanded partnership with American

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New York-based JetBlue is not ruling out expanding an interline partnership with American Airlines later this year to codesharing on flights in New York.

JetBlue chief executive Dave Barger says that the carrier is looking forward to deepening its relationship with American. "We will see how that plays out in the third or fourth quarter," he says at the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation and Defense Conference in New York.

The two airlines have an interline agreement, in which JetBlue connects its 26 domestic markets that are not served by American with 15 of American's international markets.

Barger says opportunities to codeshare will exist in the New York metropolitan region. American and US Airways announced a proposed merger last month, and a merged carrier would be "pretty sizable" in Boston and the Caribbean, says Barger.

Boston is one of JetBlue's focus cities and the airline also has a focus city in San Juan.

"Think New York, and think Kennedy [airport] specifically," he adds, saying that this could be in the form of one-way or two-way codeshares on both domestic and international routes.