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Queens, NY - JetBlue, EL AL Announce Interline Agreement

Published on: July 26, 2010 12:49 PM
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Queens, NY - New York’s hometown airline JetBlue Airways and Israel’s national airline, EL AL, announced this week that they intend to sign an interline agreement, providing new and convenient connecting options for both EL AL and JetBlue customers wishing to travel between the U.S. and Israel.  Beginning in September, customers will be able to purchase a single ticket for travel on flights of both carriers in one simple transaction, and enjoy seamless connecting service to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport from most JetBlue cities via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. 

Customers traveling on the two carriers will enjoy the convenience of purchasing and traveling on a single e-ticket.  In addition, on the day of travel, customers will benefit from simplified one-stop, through check-in and easy connections at JFK Airport. Customers will receive boarding cards for both carriers’ flights upon check-in with either JetBlue or EL AL and their baggage will be checked to their final destination.

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“The addition of JetBlue as an interline partner allows EL AL to expand its network and offer our passengers from various points in the U.S. easier connections to our flights that operate from JFK,” said Offer Gat, EL AL Vice-President for North & Central America.  “This new agreement will further strengthen EL AL’s position as the leading airline to Tel Aviv and shows our commitment to this important market for EL AL.”  Passengers from cities such as Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Houston, Seattle and a host of other cities will have optimal connections when traveling to Tel Aviv with EL AL and JetBlue.

“We are pleased to be announcing a new interline partnership with EL AL that will give our ever-expanding customer base even more international connecting options,” said Robin Hayes, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at JetBlue. “We also look forward to introducing EL AL customers to JetBlue’s award-winning service from New York, which includes all-leather seats, spacious legroom, unlimited free snacks and most importantly, the friendliest people in the skies



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 Jul 26, 2010 at 01:11 PM mike Says:

good move

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 02:16 PM Anonymous Says:

hmmm...maybe the friendliest people in the sky(jet blue) will rub-off on the UNfriendliest people in the sky(el-al)........

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 03:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Didn't ElAl use to own part of North American Airlines for the purpose of shuttling passengers from smaller cities to EL AL flights?

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 03:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Looks like jetblue is leaning forwards the oneworld alliance.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 04:49 PM security concerns Says:

will there be increased security? I'm hoping el al wouldn't let a passenger and their luggage on the el al plane with just security clearance from jet blue.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 05:37 PM tzviki Says:

i'm sure both airlines use the same x-ray technology on checked luggage.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 08:20 PM chaim36 Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

hmmm...maybe the friendliest people in the sky(jet blue) will rub-off on the UNfriendliest people in the sky(el-al)........

Well said ! I have flown EL-AL many times. The staff are very aloof.The plane is like a flying OVEN. When you ask for ventilation the staff goes to sleep and they stay covered up until they land.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 10:25 PM Anonymous Says:

that is interesting because jet blue i thought was part of luftansa...which specializes in german flights....but then again mercedes and washing machines, knives and what not all come from there...go figure

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 01:17 AM Anonymous Says:

ElAl already has an alliance with American Airlines, and this I understand will be an additional alliance.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 12:25 PM Anonymous Says:

will jet blue remove the screens from their planes?

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 01:29 PM Sheva Arba Sheva Says:

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Anonymous Says:

will jet blue remove the screens from their planes?

“ will jet blue remove the screens from their planes?”

Tell me something, Anonymous #10: In your educated opinion, is the presence or absence of screens in JetBlue's aircraft a deal breaker?

I would have thought that flight safety, aircraft maintenance standards and the cost of tickets would have been more important to you.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 02:21 PM Tzi Bar David Says:

Question, will El Al now move to the Jet Blue terminal? Will the Jet Blue terminal have immigration and customs for a relatively seamless connection, or will I have to leave the terminal with my bags and take the monorail around to another terminal?

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