JetBlue will team up with Irish airline Aer Lingus in the spring so both carriers can expand their overseas offerings, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move is unusual because both are low-budget airlines, the Journal notes, and these kinds of partnerships are often expensive to maintain. But the carriers say they will cut costs by linking their no-frills websites and letting customers book their flights.
"This is totally new," said JetBlue chief Dave Barger. "It's electronically linking two carriers." His counterpart at Aer Lingus agreed that the "accounting of this is a cinch." Customers will be able to make one payment to get a flight from Dublin to Fort Lauderdale, for example, via JetBlue's hub at JFK in New York City.