-- Fly from Buffalo to Budapest, Tampa to Tel Aviv, or San Juan to St. Petersburg --
FOREST HILLS and EAST MEADOW, N.Y., Oct. 1, /PRNewswire/ -- Lufthansa codeshare flights from a dozen JetBlue cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are now available for sale at www.lufthansa.com. The codeshare agreement, which was recently approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), provides JetBlue customers with convenient connections to Lufthansa's worldwide network of over 400 destinations in 100 countries. JetBlue travelers will enjoy one-stop reservations and seamless baggage transfers on flights departing from:
• Austin, Texas
• Buffalo, NY
• Fort Lauderdale, FL.
• Fort Myers, FL
• New Orleans, LA
• Pittsburgh, PA
• Raleigh/Durham, NC
• Rochester, NY
• San Juan, Puerto Rico
• Syracuse, NY
• Tampa, FL
• West Palm Beach, FL
Travelers flying JetBlue from these cities will be able to connect via New York/JFK or Boston onto Lufthansa flights bound for Germany and beyond, including top cities like Delhi, Madrid, Rome, Tel Aviv and Zurich. Flights are bookable on lufthansa.com, via a link on www.jetblue.com, or through local and online travel agencies. Codeshare operations will commence November 11, 2009.
"We look forward to welcoming JetBlue customers onboard with exciting international fares and our high-quality service -- two things which perfectly complement the JetBlue travel experience," said Jens Bischof, Vice President, the Americas at Lufthansa. "Travelers of both airlines now have even more travel options available to them with a more convenient transfer process at JFK and Boston airports," Bischof added.
Sample round-trip fares include: (*valid for purchase Oct. 1-5, 2009; includes fuel surcharge, excludes taxes and fees - restrictions apply)
"We're thrilled to be partnering with Lufthansa to give JetBlue customers even more choice in international travel," said Robin Hayes, JetBlue's Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "As Europe's largest airline, Lufthansa offers unrivaled connections throughout the continent and onward to Africa, the Middle East and Asia. No matter where you're headed, JetBlue and Lufthansa can now take you there in comfort and style."
In January 2008, the two airlines entered into an agreement under which Deutsche Lufthansa AG purchased an ownership interest in JetBlue Airways Corporation. For reservations, visit lufthansa.com, jetblue.com, or your local travel agency.
Europe's largest airline, Lufthansa flies to 206 destinations in 78 countries, with hubs in Munich, Frankfurt, and, with its 2005 acquisition of SWISS into its portfolio, Zurich. Together with its partners, Lufthansa serves 915 destinations in 160 countries. Its long-haul fleet to and from North America includes the Boeing 747-400, as well as the Airbus A340-600, A340-300 and A330-300. Currently, Lufthansa has 170 aircraft worth more than $20 billion on order. In 2010, its first Airbus A380 will enter service on international routes with new Economy and First Class cabins. It will be the largest European operator of the A380 and is also the launch customer for the new Boeing 747-8, the industries' two most fuel-efficient passenger aircraft. Known for its premium services, Lufthansa is currently investing $190 million in building new or upgraded lounge facilities across it worldwide network. In January 2009, it opened a three-story, U.S. flagship lounge at JFK Airport. Lufthansa's 21 North American gateways include: Atlanta; Boston; Calgary; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; Montreal; Newark, N.J.; New York; Orlando; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Seattle; Toronto; Vancouver and Washington, D.C.
About JetBlue Airways
New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. In 2009, the carrier ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Low-Cost Carriers in North America" by J.D. Power and Associates, a customer satisfaction recognition received for the fifth year in a row. Known for its sincere, personal service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is now pleased to offer customers Lots of Legroom and super-spacious Even More Legroom seats. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services on aircraft "BetaBlue," a first among U.S. domestic airlines. 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 currently serves 58 cities with 650 daily flights from focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles (Long Beach), New York (JFK), and Orlando.