JetBlue and Singapore Airlines Codeshare

Singapore Airlines and JetBlue to Codeshare

Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 at Changi Airport

JetBlue, which isn’t in an alliance, is a hot commodity when it comes to feeding international carriers with unique codeshare agreements. This week it’s Singapore Airlines and JetBlue joining forces in a codeshare agreement which will make travel between United States and Singapore easier — it’s already a grueling 24+ hour journey once you account for connections in most cases.

While interline partners since 2011, the two have filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to enter into a bilateral codeshare agreement.

The timing of this request is also interesting as Singapore Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance — as a result of the American Airlines/US Airways Merger, US Airways has left Star Alliance and no longer provides Singapore Airlines with passengers.  The US/AA merger reduced the number of of seats and destinations Singapore Airlines could reach in the US via Star Alliance.

Upon approval, JetBlue will be able to attach its B6 code on Singapore Airlines flights including:

  • Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo-Narita (NRT) – Singapore (SIN)
  • New York (JFK) – Frankfurt (FRA) – Singapore (SIN)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore (SIN)
  • San Francisco (SFO) – Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Singapore (SIN)

Upon approval, consumers will be able to purchase a ticket to Singapore’s award winning Singapore Changi International Airport from JetBlue with the B6 code.

On the other side of the coin, Singapore Airlines will add its SQ code on JetBlue operated flights beyond its US gateway at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK).   The Singapore Airlines code will be used to sixteen key destinations in the United States from New York’s JFK Airport — the destinations include:

  • Austin, Texas (AUS)
  • Boston, Massachusetts (BOS)
  • Buffalo, New York (BUF)
  • Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT)
  • Chicago, Illinois (ORD)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Florida (FLL)
  • Houston, Texas (IAH)
  • Jacksonville, Florida (JAX)
  • Orlando, Florida (MCO)
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (MSY)
  • Portland, Maine (PWM)
  • Rochester, New York (ROC)
  • Syracuse, New York (SYR)
  • Tampa, Florida (TPA)
  • Washington, DC – Dulles Airport (IAD)
  • West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI)

Codeshare Benefits both Singapore and JetBlue Consumers

JetBlue passengers will have access to five additional cities between Europe and Asia, including the intermediary cities of Frankfurt (FRA), Tokyo-Narita (NRT), Hong Kong (HKG), and Seoul (ICN) as well as Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).   The distance between the cities requires a stop at this time.

As an individual who travels to Singapore each year, I’m familiar with the jaunt, which requires two connections from our Louisville base providing I fly Delta Air Lines.  This means stops in both Detroit (DTW) and Tokyo-Narita (NRT) to reach Singapore.  While JetBlue doesn’t serve Louisville, I can appreciate the benefits this deal provides, allowing consumers to reach Singapore via New York’s Kennedy (JFK) and Frankfurt (FRA). 

The codeshare provides consumers in the above JetBlue cities with an additional option which is healthy competition and really needed in today’s market.

Speaking of the codeshare deal, JetBlue President Robin Hayes said, “Singapore Airlines is a world-class airline renowned for its superior customer service and product offering. By expanding our partnership, JetBlue customers will have access to many more destinations around the globe, enjoying the ultimate service and comfort throughout their entire journey. This is another first-rate airline partner for JetBlue in a short time, which truly reaffirms our growing status among airlines globally.”

Across the Pacific and half a day ahead, Singapore Airlines’ Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr. Mak Swee Wah proclaims, “We are pleased with our new codeshare agreement with JetBlue Airways. This partnership is testament to our continuous commitment to expand our network and provide customers with more seamless travel options. The opportunities offered by our combined network also show how we can achieve more by cooperating with the right partners.”

On a personal note, I hope to see the deal approved soon as it’ll mean one stop ticketing and baggage check-in along with healthy competition.   May the regulators provide prompt approval!

 

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