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JetBlue and TAM Airlines partner on flights to Brazil and beyond

NEW YORK and SAO PAULO – JetBlue Airways and TAM Airlines, the largest airline in Brazil, today announced a new interline partnership to connect travellers to Brazil and beyond via New York’s John F.

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NEW YORK and SAO PAULO – JetBlue Airways and TAM Airlines, the largest airline in Brazil, today announced a new interline partnership to connect travellers to Brazil and beyond via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Orlando International Airport.

TAM offers multiple daily departures from New York (JFK) to Brazil – to both Rio de Janeiro (Galeao) and Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) – as well as twice-daily service between Orlando and Sao Paulo.

JetBlue is the leading domestic airline at JFK, with 150 daily departures to dozens of major cities from its home at the award-winning Terminal 5. At JetBlue’s growing Orlando International Airport focus city, where TAM recently doubled its own service, the airline offers service to more than 20 destinations across the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America.

With this new agreement in place, customers will be able to purchase a single e-ticket itinerary, combining flights on both carriers’ networks to give them the ease of one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in.

TAM customers can connect onward to numerous JetBlue destinations including Boston; Chicago; Hartford, Conn.; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Newark, N.J.; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. Similarly, JetBlue customers will enjoy new access to TAM destinations including Asuncion, Paraguay; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; Santiago, Chile; plus 45 cities across Brazil.

“We’re excited to be partnering with TAM to bring more destinations within reach of our customers,” said Scott Resnick, JetBlue’s director of airline partnerships. “We look forward to welcoming TAM’s customers to the JetBlue experience and to introducing more Americans to the excitement and beauty of Brazil and other TAM destinations throughout South America.”

“Brazilians are travelling more frequently to other countries and this partnership is important to enhance our reach in the United States, one of the preferred destinations of our clients,” says Nelson Shinzato, TAM Airlines’ Planning and Alliances Vice President. “JetBlue clients will enjoy our Spirit to Serve, modern airplanes, and high quality services.”

This year, TAM Airlines was named the “Best Airline in South America” and also recognized for “Staff Service Excellence in South America” at the Skytrax World Airline Awards. The winners are decided from a survey conducted annually by the UK based specialist aviation research organization with passengers worldwide. Between July 2010 and May 2011, 18.8 million air travellers from over 100 different nationalities evaluated 200 airlines.

Customers traveling with JetBlue enjoy top-notch amenities including unlimited free snacks and drinks, personal seatback screens with live television and satellite radio, spacious leather seating, the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline*, and award-winning service from JetBlue’s in-flight crewmembers.

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