JetBlue Airways and LOT Polish Airlines, Poland’s flag carrier, have entered into an interline partnership to allow their customers to book connections through JetBlue’s home at JFK airport in New York and LOT’s hub at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport.
From New York, passenger can fly to Warsaw on two weekly direct flights offered by LOT and use Chopin as a hub to connect to destinations in Poland as well as throughout the continent, including many major Central and Eastern European cities such as Belgrade, Kiev, Riga, Saint Petersburg and Sofia. From Warsaw, LOT also flies direct to Beijing.
Those travelling to New York from Warsaw on LOT can make use of connecting flights offered by JetBlue to many destinations along the East Coast including Buffalo; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina – also known as The Research Triangle for its concentration of universities and research facilities; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; as well as various cities in Florida.
The Polish carrier also has codeshare agreements with United Airlines for destinations in the US. Both of them are members of Star Alliance.
The new partnership shows LOT’s confidence in the US market that, according to LOT chief executive Marcin Pirog, “offers great development potential.”
In recent years, LOT has been aggressively upgrading its in-flight and ground products. It has also redesigned its livery and cabin crew uniform to reflect a new image. Lately, it has completed an order of up to eight Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which will make it the first international carrier in Europe to operate the commercial jetliner. The first two of these Dreamliners are due to be delivered in 2012.