JetBlue and Royal Air Maroc Partner to Bring More Access to Africa
NEW YORK and CASABLANCA, Morocco, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU), New York’s Hometown Airline(TM), and Royal Air Maroc, the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Morocco, today announced the launch of an interline agreement to connect each other’s networks and bring new flight options to travellers between Africa and the Americas.
Through the arrangement, effective immediately, travellers can book single-ticket travel combining flights on both carriers and enjoy one-stop baggage check-in when they transfer between the airlines at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Tickets are available for sale through travel agencies and Royal Air Maroc’s reservations call center.
JetBlue is the largest domestic airline at JFK, where Royal Air Maroc offers daily nonstop service to its hub at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport, Africa’s fourth busiest airport. Travellers can connect onward to cities across the Maghreb and West Africa. The partnership opens up a number of new destinations previously unavailable through JetBlue or its other partners including the Central African Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
U.S.-bound travelers will enjoy easy transfers at JFK from Royal Air Maroc to JetBlue destinations including Boston, Massachusetts; Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; Austin and Houston, Texas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and six cities in Florida including Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Tampa. To learn more about JetBlue’s 71 destinations, visit www.jetblue.com.
“We are pleased to expand our partnership portfolio by joining with Royal Air Maroc to offer our fliers a new option to Africa,” said Scott Resnick, JetBlue’s director of airline partnerships. “With Royal Air Maroc, JetBlue customers now have access to even more destinations across North and West Africa from an airline that shares a similar philosophy of putting customers first.”
Known for its award-winning service, JetBlue offers travellers connecting from Royal Air Maroc a premium experience that includes all-leather seating, unlimited free snacks and drinks, plus the most legroom in economy class (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as the most free live entertainment of any U.S. airline. JetBlue also operates one of America’s youngest and most fuel-efficient airline fleets, with 175 Airbus and EMBRAER aircraft.
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline(TM) with other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America’s first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue’s control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 71 cities with 700 daily flights and plans to launch service to Providence, Rhode Island, as well as Cartagena, Colombia; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and Samana, Dominican Republic this November, subject to receipt of government approval as well as to Charleston, South Carolina in early 2013. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information call +1 800-538-2583 (+1-801-449-2525 from Morocco and other foreign destinations), TTY/TDD +1 800-336-5530, or visit www.jetblue.com.
About Royal Air Maroc
Morocco’s National Airline Royal Air Maroc was founded in June 1957. It quickly became a major player within the nation’s economy and currently holds a major role in promoting Morocco abroad. During its 55 years of existence, Royal Air Maroc has continuously been investing in its fleet modernization and renewal and has grown tremendously in terms of both traffic and revenue. It has consistently expanded its network by opening new routes across five continents as well as by increasing frequencies on its existing routes, in order to better meet its customers’ needs. From its Casablanca hub, Royal Air Maroc operates 1,500 weekly flights to more than 70 destinations worldwide (26 in Europe, 24 in Africa, four in the Middle-East, three in North Africa, two in North America and 12 within Morocco).
SOURCE JetBlue Airways