Hawaiian & JetBlue Expand Codeshare Agreements As Southwest Hawaii Flights Are Just Months Away

Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue have expanded their codeshare agreements. The move comes just months before Southwest is expected to launch flights to the island state. It is likely that Southwest’s expansion is the main driving factor behind these changes, given that Southwest is now going to be able to offer cheap Hawaii flights with just one connection to a large portion of the US. In fact, passengers can now travel almost anywhere in the US with southwest. Each of the airports from where Southwest will offer Hawaii flights has between 23-36 other non-stop destinations

Hawaiian Airlines will codeshare to 12 more destinations with JetBlue.

Boston Logan Hub

The new codeshare agreement is centred around JetBlue’s hub at Boston Logan. The new agreement will allow a dozen cities to connect onto a Hawaiian flight in Boston. The first leg of flights will be operated by Jet Blue before passengers transfer onto a nonstop Hawaiian Airlines flight to Honolulu. The changes effectively mean that where passengers would’ve previously bought two different tickets, they can now buy one.

Additionally, with the codesharing agreement, passengers will be able to check their bags through to their destination and collect points on their chosen program. Passengers can collect TrueBlue points from JetBlue. Alternatively, should they choose, they can collect HawaiianMiles. Speaking of the new agreement Brent Overbeek, Hawaiian Airlines senior vice president said “We are excited to bring the Hawaiian Islands closer to more travellers and welcome our JetBlue guests with our warm hospitality the moment they check in for our flight in Boston,”

The following airports are now available for codeshare flights through Boston:

  • Atlanta (ATL)
  • Baltimore, Buffalo (BUF)
  • Charlotte (CLT)
  • Charleston(CHS)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Cleveland, Detroit (DTW)
  • Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Fort Myers (RSW)
  • Jacksonville (JAX)
  • Minneapolis (MSP)
  • Nashville (BNA)
  • New York (LGA and JFK)
  • Newark (EWR)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Palm Beach (PBI)
  • Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham (RDU)
  • Savannah (SAV)
  • Syracuse (SYR)
  • Tampa (TPA)
  • and Washington, DC (DCA).
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The destinations which the new codeshare agreement applies to. Image: GCMaps

Southwest Competition

The airlines are both preparing for the future competition likely to arise from Southwest’s expansion into the Hawaiian Islands. While no date has still been given for this, flights are likely to commence in the next few months. Southwest Airlines is currently waiting on the final approval for ETOPS operations from the FAA.

The airline is expected to operate up to 15 flights a day to Hawaii during the summer months. Hawaiian Air and Alaska Air currently dominate the California to Hawaii sector. As such the introduction of a major low-cost carrier on the route will almost certainly mean some of their passengers are attracted away by the low fares offered. This is likely why JetBlue and Hawaiian have expanded their codeshare agreement. Southwest currently offers nonstop routes from each of the airports that will have Hawaii flights as follows:

  • Oakland: 35 routes;
  • Sacramento: 23 routes;
  • San Diego: 36 routes;
  • San Jose: 28 routes.

We are now awaiting news of when Southwest flights will commence. Tickets will likely go on sale shortly after this.

Do you think JetBlue and Hawaiian will be affected by Southwest launching Hawaii operations, or whether this will help them to retain a customer base? Let us know in the comments.