US carrier Jetblue has announced a codeshare agreement with semi-private aviation firm Jetsuitex, marking the first partnership between a commercial airline and a private jet company.
From 1 May, Jetblue will place its ‘B6’ airline code on Jetsuitex-operated flights between destinations on the west coast of the US, including Burbank, Concord and Oakland in California, as well as Las Vegas.
Jetsuitex flies between private terminals with public charters and offers passengers 36 inches of legroom, in-seat power points, in-flight cocktails and snacks and two free checked bags. As with most private jets, passengers can arrive 15-20 minutes ahead of their scheduled departure as opposed to the usual two to three hours on commercial flights.
The partnership will allow customers to book Jetsuitex flights via the Jetblue website at commercial airline prices. However, the partnership does not include connecting flights, as passengers must fly from Jetsuitex’s private terminals and FBOs.
Alex Wilcox, CEO of Jetsuitex, commented: “This first-of-its-kind agreement marks an important milestone as we enhance the distribution and availability of Jetsuitex into traditional airline channels.”