American Airlines launching partnership with jetBlue and growing New York presence

American Airlines today announced that it was entering into a new partnership with jetBlue and also growing its operation at JFK and LaGuardia. 

The announcement is here

Some key points are

  • American adding 31 new destinations
  • None of the routes involved between the two carriers overlap
  • Launching of key business routes LGA-ATL/MSP/CLT
  • Introduction of CRJ-700s on many routes that include thew new regional jet first class product
  • Extensive renovations at LaGuardia
  • Expansion of the Concourse C Admirals Club at JFK

One other point:

American Airlines and British Airways are currently evaluating a proposal by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to develop an expansion of the new state-of-the-art $1.3 billion international Terminal 8 to allow the airlines to co-locate their operations. Terminal 8 was designed by American expressly to meet the needs of modern customers traveling internationally, and the potential expansion and joint operation of the facility by American and British Airways would allow quick and easy customer connections from airline to airline. If agreeable financial terms can be reached with the Port, the potential co-location would benefit not only the airlines and their customers but the Port itself, which has been exploring various ways to expand JFK gate capacity.

This is really interesting.  It implies the Port Authority is pressuring BA to move out of their existing digs they share with United, Iberia, Cathay Pacific and US Airways.  Could this be due to pressure from Delta in wanting a new terminal?   If so, it makes you wonder since Terminal 7 isn't very large, though Terminal 6 is still empty from when jetBlue vacated it. 

Of course the question now is what is Delta going to do?  It seems like American is pulling off what Delta has been wanting to do but can't due to real estate and slots.