[New York = Whowired] February 29, 2012 -- JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) and Korean Air jointly announced today an interline partnership which allows travellers to conveniently book connections between JetBlue's network in The Americas and Korean's network throughout Asia Pacific.
Effective this week, customers can book tickets for combined travel on JetBlue and Korean Air through New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Connecting travel can be booked by calling Korean Air reservations* or a preferred travel agent.
Korean Air offers daily nonstop service from New York, Washington and Los Angeles to the carrier's hub at Seoul's Incheon International Airport (ICN), where travellers can connect onward to 12 Korean cities, more than two dozen Chinese cities, and most major cities in Asia Pacific including Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Manila, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo and Taipei.
In New York, JetBlue offers easy connections between Korean Air-operated flights and cities along the East Coast including Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and multiple destinations in Florida. From Los Angeles, JetBlue offers connecting service to Boston, New York (JFK), and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From Washington Dulles, the carrier connects to destinations in the West Coast and throughout the Northeast United States.
With the recently added service on its new A380 fleet from Seoul to New York, Korean Air is the first airline to offer flights between East Asia and New York on the double-deck, wide-body jet. Korean Air also offers daily service between Los Angeles and Seoul aboard the superjumbo. Passengers flying over the Pacific will find unparalleled comfort on Korean Air's A380: with only 407 seats on the aircraft, Korean Air offers the most spacious configuration of any airline.
The A380 superjumbo has 12 luxurious First Class Kosmo suites on the lower deck, whilst the upper deck is entirely devoted to Prestige Business Class. The all-Business Class deck features 94 full flat Prestige Sleeper seats. The aircraft also comes with a stylish onboard bar and lounge area where passengers can sample Korean Air's selection of exclusive cocktails as well as a first-of-its-kind 'Duty Free Showcase' which features a great variety of duty-free products with a dedicated cabin crew member to assist and advise passengers with all their shopping needs.
Korean Air travellers connecting to JetBlue, regularly lauded as one of The Americas' best airlines for customer service, will enjoy the comforts of all-leather seating, the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch), free in-flight entertainment at every seatback, and unlimited free snacks and drinks.
"JetBlue is looking forward to this partnership, which will continue to expand connections across Asia to our customers," said Bryan Kapeckas, JetBlue's manager of airline partnerships. "Korean Air is also the first airline partner that is a Sky Team member, further expanding on JetBlue's open architecture model, which benefits customers by offering diverse options with our many airline partners."
About Korean Air
Korean Air, with a fleet of 144 aircraft, is one of the world's top 20 airlines, and operates almost 400 flights per day to 119 cities in 40 countries. It is a founding member of the SkyTeam alliance, which together with its 15 members, offers its 487 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 14,500 daily flights covering 926 destinations in 173 countries.
In 2011, Business Traveler named Korean Air the best Asian airline for the fifth consecutive year, while Global Traveler awarded the airline with best airline in northern Asia and best airport staff/gate agent. The carrier won the 2010 global travel catering distinction award by Pax International magazine while World Traveler magazine rated it as having the world's best inflight service. Travel & Leisure magazine readers say it is one of the world's top 10 international airlines and readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine voted Korean Air one of the world's top ten global airlines.
More on Korean Air's programmes, routes, frequencies and partners is available at www.koreanair.com.
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 70 cities with 700 daily flights and plans to launch service to Dallas/Fort Worth in May. 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 (TTY/TDD +1 800-336-5530) from the USA, + 1-801-449-2525 from Korea, or visit www.jetblue.com.
SOURCE JetBlue Airways
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