, which has signed its 20th code-share agreement, this time with , reiterates that it prefers to expand its international partnerships instead of joining an alliance.
“It is similar to our agreement with Emirates [Airline],” a spokesman for the New York-based carrier said. “This is our way of dating responsibly.”
The Air China agreement allows the Chinese carrier to put its designator code on JetBlue flights out of New York’s John F. Kennedy International and Los Angeles International airports. The Emirates deal is only for flights from.
JetBlue also has recently initiated partnerships within New York and in Boston, to gain feed for their long-haul flights.
Air China offers a daily flight from Beijing to New York, and two a day from Beijing to Los Angeles. It operates-300ERs on the Los Angeles flights, and will add this type on its New York route Oct. 1.