JetBlue will terminate a partnership with American Airlines which covered flights from Boston, the airline announced. In a statement the company said it won’t appeal a judge’s ruling against its partnership with American Airlines, effectively dropping the deal. Instead, JetBlue hopes to convince the federal government to let it buy Spirit Airlines.A federal judge decided in May that the JetBlue-American deal, called the Northeast Alliance, violates antitrust law.”Despite our deep conviction in the procompetitive benefits of the NEA, after much consideration, JetBlue has made the difficult decision not to appeal the court’s determination that the NEA cannot continue as currently crafted, and has instead initiated the termination of the NEA, beginning a wind-down process that will take place over the coming months,” JetBlue wrote in a statement. “We will now turn even more focus to our proposed combination with Spirit, which is the best and most effective opportunity to truly transform the competitive landscape in the U.S. and bring the JetBlue Effect to more routes and markets across the country.”JetBlue said that thousands of customers who have already booked travel through the partnership “can feel confident” in their bookings. “We will continue to work through the legal process to achieve a wind-down plan that protects consumers, and look forward to presenting our view to the court in the coming weeks,” the company wrote. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

JetBlue will terminate a partnership with American Airlines which covered flights from Boston, the airline announced.

In a statement the company said it won’t appeal a judge’s ruling against its partnership with American Airlines, effectively dropping the deal. Instead, JetBlue hopes to convince the federal government to let it buy Spirit Airlines.

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A federal judge decided in May that the JetBlue-American deal, called the Northeast Alliance, violates antitrust law.

“Despite our deep conviction in the procompetitive benefits of the NEA, after much consideration, JetBlue has made the difficult decision not to appeal the court’s determination that the NEA cannot continue as currently crafted, and has instead initiated the termination of the NEA, beginning a wind-down process that will take place over the coming months,” JetBlue wrote in a statement. “We will now turn even more focus to our proposed combination with Spirit, which is the best and most effective opportunity to truly transform the competitive landscape in the U.S. and bring the JetBlue Effect to more routes and markets across the country.”

JetBlue said that thousands of customers who have already booked travel through the partnership “can feel confident” in their bookings.

“We will continue to work through the legal process to achieve a wind-down plan that protects consumers, and look forward to presenting our view to the court in the coming weeks,” the company wrote.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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