Speaking in Nairobi, Emirates Regional Manager for East Africa Essa Sulaiman Ahmad said the deal would enable customers to enjoy the convenience of a single combined ticket for Emirates and JetBlue-operated flights, plus other benefits including one-stop check-in and baggage transfer.
“This deal takes Emirates’ network within the United States to almost 20 cities through our partner JetBlue, making flying to the United States from Nairobi smoother and more convenient than ever before. JetBlue shares our passion for innovation and best-in-class services, and we look forward to continuing to grow the relationship as we seek new ways to build our presence within the United States,” Ahmad said.
He continued: “This partnership is the latest step in Emirates’ strategic programme of expansion across the United States, and we are confident that it will support the burgeoning tourism and trade relationships between Kenya and the United States of America.”
About 87,000 Kenyans now live in the United States; more than four times the total of Ugandans or Tanzanians, according to Migration Policy Institute, a Washington-based non-governmental organisation.
As a one-way codeshare, an Emirates’ flight number will be placed on JetBlue services to Boston (BOS), Burlington (BTV), Buffalo (BUF), Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (ORD), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Jacksonville (JAX), Orlando (MCO), Portland, Maine (PWM), Raleigh/Durham (RDU), Tampa (TPA) and Washington Dulles (IAD).
At JFK Airport, Emirates operates from Terminal 4 while JetBlue operates from the adjacent, 26-gate Terminal 5, allowing for easy connections between flights.
In addition, the Quick Connect service available at JFK makes transfers even more hassle-free.
Available to all customers with a confirmed onward flight departing within three hours of their Emirates’ flight arrival, Quick Connect enables customers to advance to the head of a specially designated passenger security checkpoint lane at their connecting terminals. The service also extends to baggage, with Emirates arranging the transfer of baggage on to the connecting flights.
Emirates currently offers two daily non-stop flights to JFK – including service aboard its flagship Airbus A380 and its ultra-long range Boeing 777-300ER.
Winner of over 500 international awards, Emirates’ unique service offering includes complimentary chauffeur-driven airport transfers for premium customers, privacy suites in First Class, and an in-flight entertainment system featuring over 1,200 channels of new release Hollywood movies, TV, music and games.
JetBlue is the leading carrier at JFK Airport, where it offers premium, low-fare service to dozens of cities throughout the Americas. Known for its award-winning customer service, JetBlue will offer transfer customers from Emirates’ network of global destinations 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) and the most free live entertainment of any US airline.
Emirates’ network now encompasses 123 cities globally, served by a fleet of 171 aircraft which are among the youngest in the skies. Emirates’ flights to the US now serve six gateways, with daily services to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) having launched in February and March this year. The airline will start non-stop daily flights to its seventh US destination Washington, DC on September 12th 2012.