JetBlue and El Al Announce Code-Sharing Plans. El Al Israel Airlines and JetBlue Airways have filed with the United States Department of Transportation seeking approval to code-share. Subject to government approval, El Al plans to place its “LY” code on select JetBlue-operated flights to and from New York (JFK or Newark), expanding options for El Al customers throughout the United States.
El Al currently offers up to 22 weekly nonstop flights from New York to Tel Aviv, which easily tap into JetBlue’s growing network. With one stop in New York, El Al customers can connect with a nonstop El Al flight from 37 JetBlue cities, including Albuquerque, Austin, Boston, Buffalo, Burbank, Burlington, Charleston, Charlotte-Douglas, Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Houston-Hobby, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh/Durham, Rochester, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Juan, Sarasota/Bradenton, Savannah, Seattle/Tacoma, Syracuse, Tampa, Washington-Dulles, and West Palm Beach.
JetBlue currently serves 86 cities across the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America. Onboard JetBlue, travelers can enjoy the carrier’s signature in-flight experience, including seatback entertainment, unlimited free snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, and the most legroom in economy (based on average fleetwide seat pitch of U.S.A. airlines).
David Maimon, president and CEO of El Al, said, “We are proud to expand our cooperation with JetBlue, which is such a successful and highly reputable airline. The agreement between El Al and JetBlue is a partnership that offers passengers more convenient options between Israel and the U.S. This agreement highlights the El Al strategy to operate a global airline in an effort to advance tourism between Israel and the U.S.A.”
Jet Blue President Robin Hayes said, “We are delighted to move toward closer cooperation with El Al, an important partner of JetBlue for many years and make it even easier for customers to book travel with our airlines.”
El Al and JetBlue have been interline partners since 2010, allowing customers to purchase single-ticket itineraries, combining travel on both airlines.
Beauty Queens Fly El Al to Understand Women and Culture in Israel. El Al Israel Airlines welcomed 11 previously crowned beauty queens on a recent flight to Israel. At the invitation of The Face of Israel, a private organization that promotes Israel by engaging influential decision-makers and opinion leaders, these women are traveling to Israel to understand more about the beautiful country and its culture and people—from the biblical sites to the modern innovation. They will be meeting with Miss Israel and her colleagues as well as members of the Israeli Knesset.
This is the first trip to Israel for 10 of the 11 women. They represent a range of title holders from the past decade, including Miss California USA 2014, Miss California Teen USA 2014, Miss Teen USA 2013, Miss America 2013, Miss USA 2003, Miss Florida USA 2003, Miss USA 2009, Miss Ohio USA 2003, Miss Connecticut USA 2003, Miss Arizona USA 2009, and Miss Florida USA 2007.
Celebrating 65 years of service, El Al, Israel’s national airline, offers the most nonstop flights between New York (JFK/Newark) and Israel as well as the only nonstop service from Los Angeles. Worldwide, El Al flies to 35 destinations from Israel and serves dozens of other destinations throughout the world via partnerships with many other leading carriers. Only El Al has first-class service on nonstop flights between the U.S.A. and Israel. The airline has annual revenues of about $2 billion and carries 3.6 million passengers every year.