Posted by Neil King
Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, has announced the launch of an "interline agreement" with US carrier JetBlue Airways that will offer travellers "seamless connections" to cities across the globe via New York's John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport.
In a statement, the companies pointed to the logic of the partnership given that Emirates is one the world's largest international carriers, flying to 108 cities around the world.
JetBlue, meanwhile, is the leading airline at JFK Airport where it offers a premium low-fare service to dozens of cities throughout the Americas.
Under the agreement, travellers will be able to book a single combined ticket for JetBlue and Emirates-operated flights and make use of one-stop check-in and baggage transfer between the airlines.
JetBlue hailed the deal and pointed to the Middle East's current role in energising the global aviation industry.
"With its impressive network spanning six continents, its respected and recognized brand, and its reputation for premium customer service, Emirates is a perfect fit for JetBlue's growing portfolio of international partners," said JetBlue's Scott Resnick.