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JetBlue and Cathay Pacific announce agreement to open up USA – Asia Pacific travel

JetBlue Airways and Cathay Pacific have announced an interline agreement that will link each other’s networks and bring new flight options to passengers between Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Through the arrangement, beginning later this summer, JetBlue and Cathay Pacific plan to offer single-ticket travel and one-stop baggage check-in for travellers transferring between the airlines at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

JetBlue is currently the largest domestic airline at JFK and it’s from there that Cathay Pacific flies to Hong Kong International Airport four times a day – the most flights between JFK and Asia of any airline. At LAX, Cathay Pacific offers up to three daily flights to Hong Kong that are able to connect to JetBlue’s transcontinental services.

Recognised around the globe for its amenities and service excellence – including most recently for having the World’s Best Business Class in the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards – Cathay Pacific and its sister airline Dragonair offer passengers easy access to virtually every major city in mainland China, the Indian Subcontinent and dozens of destinations across Asia Pacific including Bali, Bangkok, Cebu, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Taipei via Hong Kong.

U.S.-bound travellers should be able to transfers from Cathay Pacific onward to JetBlue destinations including Boston, Massachusetts; Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York; Charlotte and  Raleigh, North Carolina; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and seven cities in Florida including Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa.

“JetBlue and Cathay Pacific share a similar philosophy of giving travellers an experience to remember,” saidScott Resnick, JetBlue’s director of airline partnerships.

“We are proud to partner with an airline of Cathay Pacific’s caliber to give our customers new options for travel throughout Asia.”

Known for its award-winning customer service, JetBlue will offer travellers connecting from Cathay Pacific’s transpacific services a premium experience that includes all-leather seating, unlimited free snacks and drinks, plus the most legroom in economy class (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as the most free live entertainment of any U.S. airline. JetBlue also operates one of America’s youngest and most fuel-efficient airline fleets, with 175 Airbus and EMBRAER aircraft.

About JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline™ with other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Juan and Orlando.

JetBlue currently serves 71 cities with 800 daily flights and plans to launch service to Cartagena, Colombia; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and Samana, Dominican Republic this November, subject to receipt of government approval, as well as to Providence, Rhode Island. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required.

About Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific Airways is a Hong Kong-based airline offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to more than 160 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa, using a fleet of 136 wide-body aircraft. The company is a member of the Swire group and is a public company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Dragonair is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific, and the airline also has a 60% stake in AHK Air Hong Kong Ltd, an all-cargo carrier operating regional express freight services. Cathay Pacific has made substantial investments to develop Hong Kong as one of the world’s leading global transportation hubs. The airline is a founder member of the oneworld global alliance.

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