Virgin Atlantic, the award winning long haul airline and JetBlue Airways, New York's hometown airline, announced the launch of a new transatlantic interline partnership that links the networks of two of aviation's most iconic brands.
Effective March 23 travellers can connect with ease from London, Glasgow and Manchester on Virgin Atlantic onward to JetBlue's domestic services serving destinations including Baltimore, Maryland; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; San Diego, California; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Tampa, Florida.
The airlines report they will interline in the following Virgin Atlantic-operated transatlantic markets that depart from JetBlue's Boston, New York, Washington and Orlando focus cities:
· Boston – London (Heathrow)
· New York (Kennedy) – London (Heathrow)
· Orlando – Glasgow
· Orlando – London (Gatwick)
· Orlando – Manchester
· Washington (Dulles) – London (Heathrow)
“This partnership will offer Virgin Atlantic passengers a streamlined journey between our three UK airports and many cities across the US and Puerto Rico, enjoying the highest standards of service throughout their travels," said Edmond Rose, Director of Commercial and Revenue Planning for Virgin Atlantic.
"JetBlue is pleased to begin interline service with a transatlantic leader of Virgin Atlantic's caliber," said Scott Resnick, JetBlue's director of airline partnerships. "With its focus on cultivating a distinctive brand and creating a customer experience that travellers prefer, Virgin Atlantic shares a similar philosophy with JetBlue. We look forward to welcoming their customers to the growing JetBlue network and to giving ours more options to the U.K."
Under the agreement, travellers will be able to purchase single itineraries combining travel on JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic, bringing new travel options to customers of both airlines. On the day of travel, customers will be afforded the convenience of one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in whether their travel originates with JetBlue or Virgin Atlantic. Customers may purchase JetBlue-Virgin Atlantic travel via the GDS, online travel agencies, or through Virgin Atlantic's reservations call center.
Virgin Atlantic Airways and currently has 38 aircraft in its fleet and offers service from 10 US cities to London and onto a range of long-haul destinations worldwide. From its main base at London Heathrow and Gatwick, Virgin Atlantic services destinations as far apart as Las Vegas, Tokyo, Delhi, Boston and Shanghai.