JetBlue Airways and Turkish Airlines Form Partnership
- New global connections available via New York, Washington, and Istanbul -
- Turkish to offer three daily nonstops from New York to Istanbul this summer
NEW YORK and ISTANBUL, May 15, 2012
NEW YORK and ISTANBUL, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:
JBLU), New York's Hometown Airline™, and Turkish Airlines, the fast growing
global carrier, today announced an interline agreement to connect the
carriers' networks at New York's John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport
and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
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Through this new partnership, customers will be able to transfer in either
U.S. city between Turkish Airlines- and JetBlue-operated flights while
enjoying one-stop ticketing and check-in plus hassle-free baggage transfer and
other benefits. JetBlue offers connections to and from dozens of cities
throughout the United States including Boston, Massachusetts; Buffalo/Niagara
Falls, New York; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Fort Lauderdale and
Orlando, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This summer, Turkish Airlines plans to bolster its already robust schedule
from New York by offering three daily nonstop flights to the thriving city of
Istanbul – the most of any airline serving the market. Turkish also offers
daily nonstop service between Istanbul and the U.S. capital. The carrier's
transatlantic flights are operated in the comfort of its Boeing 777 and Airbus
A330 fleet, offering travellers three classes of service, premium meal
options, internet connectivity, and a wide array of personal in-flight
Turkish Airlines has rapidly grown to become one of the world's largest
carriers, serving the most destinations of any European airline from a single
airport. Its network touches nearly 200 cities across five continents,
affording connecting travellers service throughout Europe, the Middle East,
all corners of Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and Asia Pacific. JetBlue's new
relationship with Turkish Airlines expands travel options by opening up a
number of exciting new destinations in Europe, Africa, and Asia that were
previously unavailable through its other partner airlines.
In the United States, Turkish Airlines also serves Chicago O'Hare
International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.
Known for its award-winning customer service, JetBlue offers Turkish Airlines
transfer travellers a premium experience that includes all-leather seating,
unlimited free snacks and drinks, plus the most legroom in economy class
(based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as the most free live
entertainment of any U.S. airline. JetBlue also operates one of America's
youngest and most fuel-efficient airline fleets, with 172 Airbus and EMBRAER
At JFK Airport, Turkish Airlines operates from Terminal 1 while JetBlue
operates from nearby Terminal 5, a quick ride away on the airport's free
AirTrain service. JetBlue's Terminal 5, the newest at JFK, offers customers an
impressive airport experience complete with unique retail and dining options.
Learn more about T5 at http://www.jetblue.com/travel/jfk.
"Turkish Airlines has quickly established itself as one of the world's leading
airlines, and we are pleased to be partnering with them during this impressive
period of growth," said JetBlue Chief Commercial Officer Robin Hayes. "With
service from Washington plus three daily flights from JFK to Istanbul and
beyond, our new partnership with this respected carrier will allow JetBlue
customers to travel virtually anywhere on Earth with a single ticket."
Turkish Airlines' Chief Investment and Technology Officer, Ahmet Bolat, Ph.D.
added, "We believe that this new partnership will boost traffic between Turkey
and the U.S. with JetBlue's wide-ranging network via New York's John F.
Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.
We're very excited to bring JetBlue service to Turkish Airlines' customers."
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™ with other focus cities in Boston,
Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Known for its award-winning service
and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach
of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as
super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America's first and only
airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific
compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within
JetBlue's control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves
71 cities with 700 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all
fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information
call +1 800-538-2583 (+1-801-449-2525 from Istanbul and other foreign cities),
TTY/TDD +1 800-336-5530, or visit www.jetblue.com.
About Turkish Airlines
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member,
Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 179 aircraft
(passenger and cargo) flying to 191 cities around the world, comprised of 40
domestic and 151 international destinations. One of the fastest growing
airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several "Passengers Choice
Awards" from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 results,
Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner in 3 categories, "Best Airline
Europe", "Best Premium Economy Seats" for its Comfort Class seats and "Best
Airline Southern Europe". It has also received awards for its catering and
holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of
top quality carriers. Turkish Airlines was also given the Skytrax designation
of "World's Best Economy Class On-board Catering" in 2010, and Skyscanner's
"Best On-board Food 2011". Long haul Business Class passengers also enjoy the
Flying Chef service on-board. For more information visit www.thy.com.
SOURCE JetBlue Airways
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