JetBlue Holds Hands with Lufthansa
JetBlue is quietly reaching for foreign shores with the help of international partner, Lufthansa. The German carrier bought a minority stake (16 percent) in JetBlue about 18 months ago, mostly for financial reasons, and they’re now cashing in on the alliance by expanding reach for both companies. Lufthansa will be able to sell seats on JetBlue flights as if they were their own beginning in late September/early October. Conversely, JetBlue will not be able to masquerade as Lufthansa — instead, passengers will be redirected to the Lufthansa site to purchases seats to any of their 180 destinations worldwide.
Connecting flights will be available out of Austin, Tampa, San Juan, Puerto Rico, New York, and Boston. Though law restricts foreign ownership of a domestic airline to 25 percent, it seems that Lufthansa and JetBlue are making the most out of the partnership and are figuring out ways to offer more to their customer base. Here’s hoping that the boutique feel of JetBlue doesn’t get lost in the larger fleet of Lufthansa.