NEW YORK and DOHA, Qatar, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU - News), New York*s Hometown Airlineâ„¢, and Qatar Airways, named **Airline of the Year** at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards 2011 for its outstanding inflight product and operational excellence, today announced the signing of a new interline agreement to connect travellers seamlessly between the two carriers* networks via New York*s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.
With this new agreement in place, customers will be able to purchase a single itinerary combining flights on both carriers* global networks, affording them the ease of one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in.
Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar, operates daily non-stop flights from Houston, New York and Washington, D.C. to Doha International Airport using its young fleet of Boeing 777 aircraft.
JetBlue customers can avail themselves of Qatar Airways* connecting service to destinations across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific regions, including 12 cities in India and a number of destinations unavailable through JetBlue*s other partners including Bali, Indonesia; Cebu, Philippines; Phuket, Thailand; and Hanoi, Vietnam.
JetBlue is a top domestic airline at JFK, with more than 150 daily departures to dozens of major American cities including Boston, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, from its home at the modern, airy Terminal 5.
At Washington Dulles, the airline offers service to Boston, New York, and a number of cities in California and Florida. Customers traveling with JetBlue enjoy premium amenities including unlimited free snacks and drinks, personal seatback televisions, spacious leather seating, the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline*, and personalized service from JetBlue*s award-recognized in-flight crewmembers.
**We*re honored to partner with Qatar Airways, an airline that, like JetBlue, is constantly focused on delivering a premium experience to all travellers,** said Dave Barger, JetBlue*s president and chief executive officer. **We look forward to introducing JetBlue*s award-winning service to more and more Customers from all corners of the globe.**
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: **We are pleased to now be growing our passenger base through this partnership with JetBlue which offers a convenient travel experience from JetBlue*s domestic network in the United States to the many international destinations we fly to beyond our hub in Doha, Qatar.**
**Qatar Airways* hub in Doha is strategically placed to connect East and West, with a timetable so carefully orchestrated that transit times on popular routes are as little as 30 minutes, a connection time which we comfortably can meet,** said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.
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