American Airlines, JetBlue Form Partnership American Airlines and JetBlue Airways are making changes to their service to New York and Washington, D.C. The airlines are swapping landing slots and starting a marketing alliance that seeks to share passengers on domestic and international flights.
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American Airlines, JetBlue Form Partnership

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, Host:

NPR's Wade Goodwyn has more.

WADE GOODWYN: Tim Smith is a spokesman for American.

TIM SMITH: The idea being that it provides additional feed predominately into the important international routes that we operate out of both of those markets. And conversely, of course, it creates extra business for JetBlue in terms of carrying passengers into those markets.

GOODWYN: Julius Maldutis is president of Aviation Dynamics, a consulting organization.

JULIUS MALDUTIS: It's going to improve the profitability of both carriers and it's only the portend of many more similar realignments because the carriers have reached certain limits already and this will be a very important, positive development.

GOODWYN: Wade Goodwyn, NPR News, Dallas.

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