New York-based low-cost carrier JetBlue is reinforcing its relationship with Qatar Airways by expanding on a codeshare partnership that evolved from a previous collaboration. The codeshare expansion allows passengers flying with JetBlue to enjoy varied connections between the US and several new markets worldwide, all via Doha.

More options across eight countries

With the codeshare expansion, JetBlue will further announce its presence in Africa and Asia, with 11 new markets across eight countries. All JetBlue-coded flights will also operate via Doha’s Hamad International Airport to destinations such as:

  • Accra, Ghana
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Alexandria, Egypt
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Denpasar-Bali, Indonesia
  • Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Khartoum, Sudan
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Windhoek, Namibia

These new markets will add to the 13 already existing codeshare destinations within Qatar Airways’ vast network in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Qatar Airways also already has access to more than 50 destinations across JetBlue’s network, especially within the US, the Caribbean, and Latin American regions.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1041 A7-ANJ Approaching New York JFK

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The codeshare expansion does not just see enhanced route networks. Passengers also currently enjoy enhancements that link the carriers’ loyalty programs. TrueBlue and Privilege Club members benefit from the ability to accumulate TrueBlue points or Privilege Club Avios, but the low-cost carrier hints that such benefits will expand with the ability to redeem points on either carrier’s flights shortly.

And commenting on the latest expansion was Robin Hayes, Chief Executive Officer of the low-cost carrier, as he said:

“Qatar Airways is already our top internationally-based partner for connecting customers across the Americas to its worldwide network, and as we continue to strengthen our relationship, we’re giving travelers various fresh choices for flying to new corners of the globe.”

JetBlue Airbus on tarmac

Photo: Denver International Airport

Taking advantage of the demand

As mentioned by Hayes, Qatar Airways has become JetBlue’s most significant international partner, and there is a reason for that. Although the partnership between both airlines has been ongoing for over a decade, the codeshare agreement only occurred last year, and the more frequent developments occurred this year.

The recent changes over this year resulted from JetBlue and Qatar Airways’ announcement in April when they mentioned planning to expand the depth and breadth of their existing partnership to include more codesharing, enhanced loyalty benefits, and refinements to flight schedules to offer better connections.

Additionally, the decision to improve on the codesharing agreement, especially to Africa and Asia, comes as Qatar is set to host the FIFA World Cup tournaments this year, with flag carrier Qatar Airways as the official airline.

Given the sport’s popularity, Qatar expects more than one million visitors during the tournament, with increasing bookings to and from the country to the African and Asia regions. With increased JetBlue-coded flights, the low-cost carrier will certainly benefit from the increasing demand.

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Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300 oneworld Livery

Possibility of joining an alliance

As mentioned, JetBlue and Qatar Airways first started as airline partners in 2011, and the evolution into a codeshare agreement only happened last April. When the transition occurred, it was heavily speculated that the low-cost carrier might join the oneworld alliance, given Qatar Airways’ influence and how active the airline alliance was in recruitment.

However, nothing happened. And with the ongoing developments over this year, the possibility strikes yet again if JetBlue becomes a oneworld alliance member. Then again, Qatar Airways wanted to invest in a US carrier a few years back, so it’s also possible that the Gulf carrier’s initiative might be back on the drawing board again.

What do you think of the evolving and fast-growing relationship between these two airlines? Let us know in the comments below.

  • JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-200


    IATA/ICAO Code:

    Boston Logan International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, New York JFK Airport, Orlando International Airport

    Year Founded:

    Robin Hayes

    United States

  • Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1041A7-ANN

    Qatar Airways

    IATA/ICAO Code:

    Airline Type:
    Full Service Carrier

    Doha Hamad International Airport

    Year Founded:


    Akbar Al Baker



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