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August 8, 2017

Air Travel: JetBlue, airberlin Step Up Cooperation


JetBlue and airberlin’s new joint cooperation agreement and Air France’s increased winter service to Chicago lead this week’s air travel news affecting the meetings and events industry. 

JetBlue, airberlin Sign Cooperation Agreement on Transfers

JetBlue and airberlin have announced a new cooperation agreement that the two airlines say will improve transfer connections in the United States.

Under the new agreement passengers will be able to book their flights to the United States with airberlin, as well as connecting flights operated by JetBlue, to 31 destinations in the United States. The new connections will start September 12, 2017, from New York (JFK), Boston and Orlando.

JFK is JetBlue’s central hub, allowing airberlin passengers to connect to flights throughout the United States. Airberlin flies to New York twice a day from Dusseldorf and once a day from Berlin. Baggage will be registered through on all connecting flights to the respective destination airport.

The two airlines said they also plan to extend the cooperation agreement to include frequent flyer programs in the future, allowing members of topbonus to be able to earn miles on JetBlue flights.

Air France Set to Launch Winter Service to Chicago

In flight news, Air France will begin operation of five weekly flights connecting Chicago’s O’Hare’s International Airport and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport starting October 24, 2017. Passengers will be flying in an Airbus A330, equipped with 208 seats—40 in Business, 21 in Premium Economy and 147 in Economy.

AF136 leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 1:10PM (13:10 local time) and arrives in Chicago at 3:30PM (or 15:30) local time. AF137 leaves Chicago O’Hare at 5:10 PM (or 17:10) local time and arrives back at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 8:30 the next day. Flights operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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