JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) is expanding its existing partnership with Azul Brazilian Airlines through a unilateral codeshare agreement, subject to government approval, the airline said.
Azul will place its “AD” code on JetBlue flights between multiple destinations and JetBlue´s focus cities in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Orlando (MCO). From both Florida gateways Azul operates nonstop service to the airline´s hub at SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil´s Viracopos International Airport (VCP).
Once approved, customers purchasing a codeshare itinerary will benefit from having a single ticket that includes both Azul and JetBlue-operated flights as well as conveniences on their day of travel like one-stop check-in and baggage transfer.
Azul has become the fastest growing airline in Brazil since beginning operations in December 2008 and currently has the largest airline network in the country in terms of cities served, with service to more than 100 destinations. The airline has recently expanded operations with selected nonstop service to the United States.
JetBlue is known for its award-winning service featuring the most legroom in coach (a); free Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband internet in the sky; complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks; free, live DIRECTVÂ® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXMÂ® radio in every seatback.
JetBlue is New York´s Hometown Airlineâ¢, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 35 million customers a year to 96 cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 900 daily flights.
Azul Brazilian Airlines is the airline with the greatest number of destinations served in Brazil. The company has a fleet of 140 aircraft, more than 10,000 employees, over 900 departures per day, 100+ destinations being served and one-third of all the departures in the country.