American Airlines, which merged with US Airways in December to form
American Airlines Group Inc <AAL.O>, had a so-called interline
agreement with JetBlue that allowed customers to buy connecting
flights on each other's planes on one ticket.
New York-based JetBlue has 80 percent of its operations in the U.S.
"Through the merger with US Airways, American's network along the
East Coast provides greater connectivity and customer benefits and
there is no longer a need to supplement our combined network
coverage with the JetBlue agreement," American Airlines' spokesman
Casey Norton wrote in an email to Reuters.
Carriers enter into interline agreements because they allow them to
offer more destinations without having to make large investments.
The partnership with American Airlines was "not overly material when
we think about the other partnerships that we have," JetBlue Chief
Executive Dave Barger said at a JP Morgan conference in New York
City on Monday.
JetBlue, which has similar agreements with 30 other carriers, also
said it expected unit revenue, a measure of passenger revenue per
available seat mile, to rise 1-2 percent in the current quarter.
American Airlines and JetBlue will not accept new interline ticket
sales with each other from Monday, the companies said in a
The carriers also said customers using their reciprocal
frequent-flyer programs would no longer earn miles or points when
traveling on eligible routes, effective April 1.
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The frequent-flyer program agreement between the two includes select
routes from Boston Logan International Airport and New York's John
F. Kennedy International Airport.
All American Airlines' "AAdvantage" miles or JetBlue's "TrueBlue"
points already accrued through this partnership will be credited to
customers' accounts and will not be affected, the carriers said.
American Airlines Group also said its February load factor, or
percentage of seats sold, fell to 78.4 percent from 78.7 percent a
American Airlines shares were down about 1 percent at $38.55 in
early trading. JetBlue's shares were down 0.55 percent.
(Reporting by Sagarika Jaisinghani in
Bangalore and Karen Jacobs in Atlanta; editing by Savio D'Souza and
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