JetBlue Teams With Irish Airline

Carriers will expand their overseas menus this spring
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2008 5:26 PM CST
JetBlue airplanes are seen at JFK airport in New York in this 2007 file photo. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman, file)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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. (Read more airline industry stories.)