Azul (AZUL) (B3: AZUL4, NYSE: AZUL) today announced its new partnership with JetBlue Airways through a unilateral codeshare agreement. Azul will place its "AD" code on JetBlue flights between several 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 São Paulo, Brazil's Viracopos International Airport (VCP) and Recife (REC).
Customers purchasing a codeshare itinerary will benefit from having a single ticket issued by Azul that includes flights operated by both Azul and JetBlue and the customer friendly convenience of thru check-in and baggage transfer.
"The agreement with JetBlue is an important addition to Azul's international portfolio, expanding our service to popular destinations served by JetBlue. Our customers can now make fast and convenient connections to several cities in the US, such as Boston and New York (JFK)," said David Neeleman, Founder and Chairman of Azul. "I am extremely proud that both Azul and JetBlue are in the top 5 of the worlds' best airlines as rated by TripAdvisor so I am very excited to be able to bring these industry leading services together for our customers."
"We're pleased that customers booking Azul travel will be able to benefit from convenient connections through JetBlue's growing list of destinations from our Florida focus cities," said Robin Hayes, president and CEO, JetBlue.
Azul is Brazil's largest airline by number of destinations served with more than 100 cities served in Brazil and abroad. In 2017, Azul was elected as the world's third best airline by TripAdvisor and was named for the seventh consecutive time by Skytrax World Airline Awards as the "Best Low-Cost Airline in South America" and for the second time as the "Best Staff in South America."
Azul offers more than 40 channels of free live TV on its flights in Brazil as well as free unlimited snacks and drinks. On international flights, operated by A330 jets, Azul offers sophisticated comfort in three classes of service – Azul Business, with lie-flat seats and direct aisle access, Economy Extra and Economy, with modern entertainment such as the Panasonic eX3 IFE system, mood lighting and the ultra-innovative SkySofa where 4 seats convert into a comfortable and spacious sofa in the sky.
JetBlue has approximately 1.000 daily flights to 101 cities in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. It is the leading airline in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Juan, and has New York as its hub of operations. JetBlue carries an average of 38 millions of customers annually. Like Azul, JetBlue offers snacks and beverages at no additional cost as well as live TV and more legroom in seats.