I’m certain that other sites will dissect the JetBlue/American Airlines deal in great detail (here’s the short version if you missed it: American will give JetBlue 8 slot pairs at Washington National & 1 at Westchester, while JetBlue will give AA 12 slot pairs at JFK. They’ll also interline on 18 non-overlapping domestic markets allowing those passengers to transfer to a handful of AA international flights out of JFK and Boston). The deal gives JetBlue a strong presence in Washington, as it now serves all 3 area airports. There’s more to it, but there ya go.
The most interesting tidbit for me was that American CEO Gerard Arpey said during the press conference that he had never flown JetBlue. Huh? JetBlue is the most innovative coach product in the past 10 years and he has never flown them? It never interested him to see why AA was losing customers hand-over-fist years ago when JetBlue introduced competing transcon service from JFK to Oakland and Long Beach? Is that being incredibly, incredibly petulant or is there some other excuse that I’m missing? How can the CEO of a large company not be interested in what their most innovative competitor is doing?