JetBlue And American Reveal New Routes And Expanded Premium Products

As the JetBlue-American partnership expands, the two airlines are announcing new services out of both New York and Boston. JetBlue has revealed schedules for seven new routes and has plans to launch even more flying in the coming year. American Airlines, meanwhile, continues to bring more premium products to travelers from both major metropolitan areas.

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JetBlue has announced schedules for previously announced new routes. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

JetBlue expands out of JFK and Boston

JetBlue has revealed schedules for seven previously announced routes. All of the times listed below are local.

San Antonio (SAT) will see daily service starting on October 31st to both Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK). San Antonio flights will run on a mix of Airbus A320 and Airbus A220 service. JetBlue hopes to introduce additional daily frequencies in the future. Flight schedules are as follows:

  • Flight 725 departs JFK at 09:30 and arrives in SAT at 13:03
  • Flight 726 departs SAT at 13:45 and arrives in JFK at 18:11
  • Flight 2209 departs BOS at 10:20 and arrives in SAT at 14:13
  • Flight 2210 departs SAT at 15:00 and lands in BOS at 19:45

Next up is Puerto Vallarta (PVR) in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta flying will be onboard an Airbus A320. Starting February 19th, 2022, JetBlue will run one daily flight with the following schedule:

  • Flight 2097 will depart JFK at 08:30 and arrive in PVR at 13:39
  • Flight 2098 will depart PVR at 14:39 and arrive in JFK at 20:22

Kansas City (KCI) will see JetBlue land in its 32nd state. Flights will initially run once per day starting on March 27th, 2022, to JFK and BOS. Schedules are as follows:

  • Flight 2221 departs JFK at 15:25 and arrives in MCI at 17:55
  • Flight 2222 departs MCI at 10:10 and arrives in JFK at 14:25
  • Flight 2363 departs BOS at 07:00 and arrives in MCI at 09:34
  • Flight 2364 departs MCI at 18:40 and arrives in BOS at 22:31

Milwaukee (MKE) in Wisconsin will see JetBlue operate to its 33rd state. Flights will run once daily from both JFK and BOS with the following schedule:

  • Flight 679 departs JFK at 15:05 and arrives in MKE at 16:45
  • Flight 680 departs MKE at 10:35 and arrives in JFK at 14:03
  • Flight 2229 departs BOS at 08:00 and arrives in MKE at 09:50
  • Flight 2230 departs MKE 17:30 and arrives in BOS at 20:53

Both Kansas City and Milwaukee flights will run onboard Airbus A220-300 aircraft. This is the newest aircraft type to enter JetBlue’s fleet. Traditional services, such as free WiFi and unlimited snacks and soft drinks, will be on offer. There is also on-demand seatback entertainment.

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JetBlue will fly the Airbus A220 to Milwaukee, Kansas City, and San Antonio. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

LaGuardia sees more growth

More growth is planned at LaGuardia (LGA) as well. JetBlue will be expanding its footprint from beyond the Marine Air Terminal to Terminal B. Information on split-terminal operations and more flying from JetBlue will come soon. Terminal B was recently redone and will provide an upgraded customer experience.

LaGuardia will get some new flying from JetBlue this winter. This includes five new routes. Starting on October 31st, JetBlue will fly from LaGuardia to:

  • Jacksonville (JAX) with two daily flights
  • Sarasota (SRQ) with once-daily winter seasonal flights
  • Savannah/Hilton Head (SAV) with one daily flight

Starting on March 27th, 2022, JetBlue will add the following services:

  • New Orleans (MSY) with one daily flight
  • Nashville (BNA) with two daily flights

By the end of this year, JetBlue will have 35 daily departures at LaGuardia. The airline plans to grow to more than 50 daily departures by summer 2022.

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JetBlue has billed itself as New York’s hometown carrier, and it is now able to grow at LaGuardia. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

More premium transcontinental services

JetBlue and American Airlines are also bringing more premium products to more routes out of the Northeastern United States. The following routes will see either JetBlue Mint products or American’s Airbus A321T service. Some routes will see both products available come 2022:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Boston (BOS)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and Newark (EWR)
  • Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK)
  • Orange County (SNA) and New York (JFK)
  • San Diego (SAN) and Boston (BOS)
  • San Diego (SAN) and New York (JFK)
  • San Francisco (SFO) and Boston (SFO)
  • San Francisco (SFO) and Newark (EWR)
  • San Francisco (SFO) and New York (JFK)
  • Seattle (SEA) and Boston (BOS)
  • Seattle (SEA) and New York (JFK)

Some routes will even see JetBlue’s new premium Mint Cabin featuring direct-aisle access for every lie-flat seat.

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JetBlue’s new Mint Studio is at the front of the cabin. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

American Airlines does not operate every one of these routes, and JetBlue does not operate all of these routes. However, the two airlines codeshare, so customers can book a flight across either airline.

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American Airlines flies the Airbus A321T, with a three-class configuration, on several transcontinental routes, including New York and Los Angeles. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

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Expanding the partnership

Under the Northeast Alliance, American Airlines and JetBlue will operate more than 700 daily flights from New York and Boston starting this winter. This will place this alliance in the top position for operations out of the Northeast.

Vasu Raja, American’s Chief Revenue Officer, stated the following on the partnership:

“Our Northeast Alliance with JetBlue gives customers more choices and benefits and raises the bar on offering an industry-leading experience. With JetBlue’s domestic strength and American’s growing international network, we are unlocking more destinations for travelers, more flying for both our teams, a better suite of products and a premium experience in the Northeast.”

Meanwhile, Dave Fintzen, Vice President – Northeast Alliance at JetBlue, offered the following:

“With demand for travel returning, JetBlue’s new low-fare flying – along with the broader growth made possible with American through the benefits of the NEA – is well-timed for us to best meet the needs of more travelers in the Northeast and introduce more competition with new flying.

“Whether it’s new cities, more lie-flat service on cross country routes, enhancing our combined schedules on key routes, or expanding benefits for corporate customers as they return to the skies, the NEA is going to make it as easy as possible for travelers in the Northeast to come back to flying.”

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American Airlines and JetBlue cannot cooperate on routes that do not touch the Northeastern US. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

American Airlines has added plenty of new international services. This includes flying out of JFK to Tel Aviv (TLV), Athens (ATH), and Delhi (DEL). Tel Aviv launched in May, Athens launched in June, and New Delhi will launch on October 31st. In total, American has announced 10 new international services since the start of the partnership out of New York.

JetBlue will continue to operate out of Terminal 5 while American will continue flying out of Terminal 8 at JFK. However, the two airlines offer a connection service between the two terminals post-security to facilitate easy access through the partnership.

The JetBlue-American partnership is not without its critics. Spirit Airlines has been leading the charge in the US against the Northeast Alliance, though the resolution of that has not been fully resolved yet.

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