By Howard Dicus
HONOLULU and NEW YORK (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaiian Airlines and New York-based JetBlue have reached agreement on a code share alliance that will allow passengers to transfer between the two airlines on a single ticket.
Hawaiian CEO Mark Dunkerley announced the agreement from New York in a live phone interview Monday morning on Hawaii News Now Sunrise, saying he felt the two airlines could offer a competitive product on both price and service.
Only days earlier, Hawaiian announced an expansion of its code share alliance with All-Nippon Airways. Code sharing allows one airline to sell travel on another carrier, with two doing a revenue split.
Dunkerley said the agreement will take effect in June, when Hawaiian begins its own service from Honolulu to New York JFK.
JetBlue is the largest U.S. discount airline after Southwest, which is widely rumored to be preparing to add flights to Hawaii.
The rumors gained credence after Southwest last May acquired Air Tran, a regional carrier that has the aircraft and the federal approvals to do long flights over water. Southwest doesn't.