Partnership between American Airlines and JetBlue annulled by US District Court

The United States (U.S.) District Court for the District of Massachusetts in a civil antitrust suit ordered annulment of the partnership agreement between U.S. largest airline – American Airlines and JetBlue. Through the “Northeast Alliance” agreement, these airlines have consolidated their operations by selling tickets on each other’s websites, accessing airport gates and sharing revenue at four airports in New York area and Boston. The Judge noted that “It makes the two airlines partners, each having a substantial interest in the success of their joint and individual efforts, instead of vigorous, arm’s-length rivals regularly challenging each other in the marketplace of competition.