In a statement today, American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker responded to the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against American and JetBlue’s Northeast Alliance (NEA).
“Last summer, American and JetBlue announced an innovative alliance to increase competition in the Northeast.
In just a few months, the Northeast Alliance has delivered on its promise to ensure growth and provide clear consumer benefits in New York and Boston.
“Since January, the alliance has brought new services to customers in New York and Boston, including 58 new routes, increased frequencies on more than 130 routes and codesharing on 175 routes, as well as new international flights to Tel Aviv, Athens and Delhi.
“Delivering on the promise of growth, the Northeast Alliance will offer more than 700 daily flights from New York and Boston this winter and continue investment to provide a seamless experience to customers.
“Before the alliance, Delta and United dominated the New York City market.
“The NEA has created a third, full-scale competitor in New York and is empowering more growth in Boston.
“Ironically, the Department of Justice’s lawsuit seeks to take away consumer choice and inhibit competition, not encourage it.
“This is not a merger: American and JetBlue are – and will remain – independent airlines. We look forward to vigorously rebutting the DOJ’s claims and proving the many benefits the Northeast Alliance brings to consumers.”