LAXintl
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JetBlue And JAL Form Interline Agreement

Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:22 pm

JetBlue announced another interline partnership today with Japan Airlines

Customers may book itineraries for combined travel on JetBlue and JAL via JFK and LAX effective February 15th.

Additionally the partnership will expand to cover BOS transfers effective April 22nd.


Story:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/JetBlu...s-Begin-prnews-1173966994.html?x=0

Per previous B6 earnings call that stated they were working on growing such partnerships including additional West Coast opportunities.

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[Edited 2012-02-14 07:41:35]
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RE: JetBlue And JAL Form Interline Agreement

Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:31 pm

This I've been waiting for for quite a while, though I'm a bit disappointed that it's only interline (at least for now). Then again, since there is a JV on those flights with AA, maybe that could somehow get factored into the current arrangement?
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RE: JetBlue And JAL Form Interline Agreement

Tue Feb 14, 2012 6:41 pm

Yeah its interline, and actually some of the potential markets are a bit odd imo.

For instance from LAX, only B6 cities are JFK, BOS, FLL. Though these are also flown by AA. Not sure how many JL passengers would book away from OW partner AA and ignore mileage earning to go fly B6 instead.
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RE: JetBlue And JAL Form Interline Agreement

Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:58 pm

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 2):
Not sure how many JL passengers would book away from OW partner AA and ignore mileage earning to go fly B6 instead.

Is there anything to lose by interlining, even if relatively few pax take advantage? You still get a few more pax than you would have otherwise.

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RE: JetBlue And JAL Form Interline Agreement

Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:30 pm

I think we will see more and more JetBlue agreements struck with different Oneworld members. For this interline deal, congrats to B6 and JAL, hopefully both parties gain greatly from this agreement.
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RE: JetBlue And JAL Form Interline Agreement

Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:09 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 2):
Yeah its interline, and actually some of the potential markets are a bit odd imo.

Since it's presumably just a standard interline ticketing agreement, why would they limit it to certain routes/destinations? Why not just make it apply in general wherever they connect, like virtually all interline agreements?
 
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RE: JetBlue And JAL Form Interline Agreement

Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:41 am

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 5):
Why not just make it apply in general wherever they connect, like virtually all interline agreements?

I think something gets lost in all of these repetitive topics about B6 interlining with somebody new - that this is run-of-the-mill normal for everybody else; B6 is just catching up.
 
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RE: JetBlue And JAL Form Interline Agreement

Wed Feb 15, 2012 3:05 am

Airlines experience cost for interlining.

Besides things like IT, inventory management, pricing, marketing, audit, settlement and accounting cost, there are fees at airports.
I suspect B6 likes to maintain minimal list of interline city-pairs to limit airport handling cost. For example at most airports one must join consortium or contract with companies to deliver baggage between terminals. This cost money. Imagine if B6 had to join such handling at their entire network for just very small number of passengers. They probably focus on top traffic city pairs only and allow interline in those with airlines like JAL.

So yes interline is pretty basic process in airline industry, however there are cost and operational complexity involved which as we know LCC try to reduce not increase.