You Can Now Book a Seat on a Private Jet Through JetBlue
You can now fly private with JetBlue ... sort of.
On Monday, the airline announced a codesharing partnership with charter airline JetSuiteX.
The codeshare — which basically allows one airline to sell seats on another airline’s flight — is the first between a semi-private charter operator and a major carrier.
For the past two years, JetSuiteX has been operating semi-private flights along the west coast. JetSuiteX passengers use private jet terminals, which cuts security wait time (passengers only need to arrive 15 to 20 minutes before their flight) and eliminates typical airport stress and chaos.
The airline’s Embraer E135 aircraft have only 30 seats, with 36-inch pitch between each, comparable to the space offered in the business class cabin on most domestic airlines. Onboard, passengers have power outlets at every seat, two free checked bags, and complimentary snack and beverage service.
With JetSuiteX, passengers can fly to Las Vegas and to Burbank, Concord, and Oakland in California. The charter airline also makes special trips for events like Coachella and the Sundance Film Festival.
"We are delighted to introduce even more people to the JetSuiteX experience and to provide new options to JetBlue customers in their West Coast travels in an exciting new way through this partnership with JetBlue," Alex Wilcox, CEO of JetSuiteX, said in a statement.
While JetBlue customers will be able to accrue TrueBlue points on JetSuiteX flights, the points are only redeemable for JetBlue flights. The codeshare doesn’t allow passengers to make connections between JetBlue and JetSuiteX due to the logistics of changing terminals.
JetSuiteX flights are now available on jetblue.com for travel starting May 1. A recent search showed airfare of $276 for a round-trip flight between Burbank and Oakland.
The codeshare is a continuation of JetBlue’s interest in JetSuite: JetBlue has been investing in JetSuite since 2016.