Cathay Pacific (CX) and “New York’s Hometown Airline” JetBlue (JBU) have announced they have entered into an interline agreement that will link each other’s networks for the benefits of travellers between Asia Pacific and the Americas.
Later this summer, the two airlines plan to offer single-ticket travels and one-stop baggage check for passengers transferring between the airlines at New York JFK and Los Angeles LAX.
The synergy seems to work. CX flies four times daily to JFK, from which JBU offers connections to many destinations including those in Southern US and Central America. At LAX, where CX has three flights a day, JBU connects to Boston, New York and Fort Lauderdale. Further connections can reach some 70 cities in the country.
JBU passengers flying from the US, on the other hand, can tap the networks of CX and its sister airline Dragonair, which covers many major cities in mainland China, the Indian subcontinent and destinations across Asia Pacific including Bali, Bangkok, Cebu, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Taipei.
The American carrier has been proactively seeking partners in Asia, having signed interline deals with major players in the region such as Singapore Airlines (see story here) and Air China (see story here). It has also recently enhanced its partnership with JAL from an interline agreement to codesharing (see story here).