Though JetBlue planes only fly as far afield as the Caribbean and Latin America, the airline has been busy expanding into the international travel space. In the past two years, JetBlue has created worldwide route partnerships with Aer Lingus, Lufthansa, American, and now, South African Airways (SAA).
With this newest partnership, passengers will be able to book a single itinerary using both carriers between the U.S. and southern Africa starting May 12. Domestic JetBlue service will route through JFK to connect to SAA’s 40-city network.
JetBlue stands out in the low-cost carrier space in its aggressive pursuit of international routes. While not as extensive as JetBlue’s efforts, Virgin America is about to launch service to Toronto, has a partnership with V Australia, and has just announced it will link its loyalty program with the programs of Australian carriers V Australia and Virgin Blue. Meanwhile, Southwest has been slow to develop its partnerships in Mexico and just terminated its planned partnership with Canadian carrier WestJet.
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