JetBlue reaches two-way codeshare deal with Emirates

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JetBlue Airways announced that it reached a two-way agreement with Emirates that will allow the New York-based low-cost carrier to put its code on Emirates flights from all seven of its US gateways.

The "bilateral" agreement, which is subject to approval by US and foreign government agencies, broadens the current "one way" codeshare agreement between the two carriers, says JetBlue in a media release.

The earlier arrangement, reached in April 2012 and expanded to cover additional flights in March, allows Emirates, based in Dubai, to place its code on JetBlue flights to 28 destinations.

JetBlue and Emirates began their partnership with an interline agreement reached in 2010.

The latest agreement allows JetBlue to sell seats on any of Emirates' 56 passenger flights between the US and Dubai. Emirates flies to New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) International, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston Intercontinental, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington Dulles airports.

The agreement also allows JetBlue to sell seats on Emirates flights between New York and Milan, Italy, a route that is planned to launch on 1 October.

"As Emirates continues to expand its presence in the US market, our partnership offering with JetBlue provides customers with convenient connections from its extensive network to our seven US gateways, including our twice daily [Airbus] A380 service non-stop from JFK to Dubai," says Thierry Antinori, Emirates' executive vice-president of passenger sales worldwide, in the release. "Offering a boost to tourism and added convenience for inbound travellers, the codeshare also gives Emirates' customers a new choice of destinations with the benefit of a single combined ticket."