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JetBlue adds its first destination from Baltimore/Washington to Florida

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced its intent to expand at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport, with twice daily service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The new non-stop route to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood will launch in November and seats will go out for sale with the upcoming November schedule release.

JetBlue also serves the Baltimore/Washington region with flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Dulles International Airports (IAD).

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N552JB (msn 1861) arrives in Las Vegas.

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JetBlue Airways to fly to Nantucket from Washington, D.C.

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced it will launch new seasonal Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Nantucket, Massachusetts (ACK) service this summer. The new nonstop route will be launched on June 19, 2015, and will operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September 6, 2015. Additional flights will be added for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Nantucket marks the 12th nonstop destination from Reagan National, where JetBlue has steadily increased its presence since it started serving the close-in Washington airport in 2010.

Flights will be operated on JetBlue’s 100-seat Embraer E190. It is the largest aircraft to serve Nantucket Memorial Airport.

JetBlue operates 30 daily flights at Reagan National Airport, making it the airline’s sixth largest city. JetBlue also serves the National Capital Region with flights from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N353JB (msn 19000576) completes the final river approach into Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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JetBlue Airways issues a statement on Lufthansa’s incentive offer to exchange Lufthansa notes for JetBlue stock outside of the United States

JetBlue Airways Corporation (New York) has issued this statement below concerning its partner Lufthansa (Lufthansa Group) (Frankfurt). Lufthansa has offered to its note holders a voluntary option to exchange Lufthansa notes for JetBlue stock:

JetBlue Airways Corporation Chief Financial Officer Mark Powers issued the following statement on the incentive offer commenced by Deutsche Lufthansa AG for bonds issued by its subsidiary in 2012 which are exchangeable for shares of JetBlue common stock:

“Lufthansa and its board representatives have been valued professional colleagues to JetBlue for many years and we expect to continue our various commercial relationships going forward. This offer, which is a continuation of a transaction that began in 2012, will have no impact on our outstanding share count.”

The response is in reaction to the following announcement by Lufthansa to permit voluntary exchange of Lufthansa notes into shares of JetBlue Airways Corporation:

Deutsche Lufthansa AG (“Lufthansa”) is launching a voluntary incentive payment offer (the “Offer”) to holders of the EUR 234.4 million 0.75% exchangeable senior notes due 2017 (the “Notes”) issued by Lufthansa Malta Blues LP (the “Issuer“) and guaranteed by Lufthansa, to exchange their Notes into shares of common stock (the “Shares”) of JetBlue Airways Corporation (“JetBlue”) on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Incentive Payment Offer Document dated February [18], 2015 (the “Incentive Payment Offer Document”).

Lufthansa will offer a cash incentive payment (the “Cash Incentive Payment”) to holders of the Notes (each a “Noteholder”) who exercise their exchange rights prior to the expiration of the offer on March 17, 2015 at 11:59 p.m., New York City time (the “Expiration Deadline”).

Noteholders who validly accept the Offer prior to or at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on March 3, 2015 (the “Early Participation Deadline”) will be eligible to receive the Early Participation Consideration, equal to EUR 2,500 per EUR 100,000 principal amount of Notes that are duly submitted for acceptance (the “Early Participation Consideration”). Noteholders who validly accept the Offer after that time but prior to the Expiration Deadline will be eligible to receive the Incentive Offer Consideration only, equal to EUR 1,750 per EUR 100,000 principal amount of Notes that are duly submitted for acceptance (the “Incentive Offer Consideration”). No accrued interest will be paid, and no further payments will be made in respect of Notes exchanged in connection with the Offer.

Noteholders may withdraw their acceptances at any time prior to the Expiration Deadline (11:59 p.m., New York City time on March 17, 2015). Subject to the requirements of applicable law, the expiration time of the Offer and the deadlines for accepting and withdrawing may be extended by Lufthansa in its discretion.

The payment of the Early Participation Consideration or the Incentive Offer Consideration, as the case may be, and the delivery of the Shares are expected to take place on March 26, 2015.

The Offer will not impact the rights of the Noteholders that do not submit their Notes for acceptance in the Offer.

If following the Offer, 90% or more of the Notes originally issued have been exchanged, Lufthansa will have the right to redeem the remaining Notes that remain outstanding at their principal amount together with accrued interest, pursuant to the Indenture governing the Notes.

About the Notes

In 2012, through a fully consolidated Lufthansa Group company, Lufthansa successfully raised EUR 234.4 million in gross proceeds through the issuance of the Notes. The Notes are due in 2017 and are exchangeable into Shares of JetBlue at the option of the Noteholders.

With this incentive payment offer Lufthansa Group intends to improve its financial debt profile. A successful transaction will allow for an early retirement of the Notes and a corresponding reduction in Lufthansa Group’s balance sheet debt, while finalizing the disposition of all or part of its share in JetBlue that was initiated through the issuance of the Notes in 2012.

Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc is acting as dealer manager for the Offer.

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NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN THE UNITED STATES OR INTO ANY JURISDICTION INTO WHICH SUCH DISTRIBUTION WOULD BE UNLAWFUL. THIS NOTICE IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AND IS NOT AN OFFER TO PURCHASE OR A SOLICITATION OF OFFERS TO SELL SECURITIES. THE OFFER IS BEING MADE SOLELY PURSUANT TO THE INCENTIVE PAYMENT OFFER DOCUMENT.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N663JB (msn 3287) in the Windowpane tail motif prepares to land in Las Vegas.

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JetBlue Airways celebrates 15 years of flying with a new values logo jet

 

JetBlue Airways (New York) has repainted its Airbus A320-232 N598JB (msn 2314) in a new 15th Anniversary special color scheme that features keywords that represents the values of the company.

The pictured N598JB is now flying in the system (it departed Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood this morning bound for Lima, Peru) emblazoned with the five founding values across the fuselage and a brand new name: Bluemanity!

Later on February 17 JetBlue issued this statement:

JetBlue Airways today (February 17) unveiled its newest unique plane design, dedicated to JetBlue’s 16,000 crewmembers, and emblazoned with the values they share as they go above and beyond every day inspiring humanity. The salute comes as JetBlue celebrates 15 years this month of forging a uniquely contrarian path in air travel, originating with the same values that define the airline today.

The new livery, which has been applied to a JetBlue Airbus A320, features a word cloud of JetBlue’s mission of “Inspiring Humanity” and the core values that continue to set it apart: Safety, Caring, Integrity, Passion and Fun.

“In all our JetBlue cities, there are amazing stories of crewmembers going above and beyond to help our Customers and one another,” said Mike Elliott, senior vice president, people. “This plane with our values proudly displayed across the fuselage is a tribute to all JetBlue crewmembers, the best in the industry, who take our mission to inspire humanity and make it real every day.”

Bluemanity joins JetBlue’s fleet of 206 aircraft immediately, and flies as a symbol of appreciation to all those crewmembers who will ever touch it as it makes its way across our network.

Design Inspired by Jaelyn

The idea to honor crewmembers was inspired by a story that demonstrates JetBlue’s unique culture in action. In 2013, several crewmembers in Tampa stepped up to help the young granddaughter of one of their own who was facing a life-threatening heart condition called myocarditis. After Tech Ops crewmembers across the network held a fundraiser, $3,000 of the funds were stolen from a crewmember’s car. The event moved the entire community to rally around the little girl on her journey to a new heart.

JetBlue design inspired by Jaelyn

Next to the forward door of the aircraft, every customer who boards will see the symbol “Design Inspired by Jaelyn.” The emblem serves as a dedication to little Jaelyn, her new heart, and the crewmembers and their families who made it possible.

Continuing a contrarian model

Since JetBlue inaugurated service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Florida, with two daily nonstop flights on February 11, 2000, it quickly became known for its differentiated customer-focused approach, disrupting the traditional airline model during a difficult period for legacy airline carriers.

Today, JetBlue operates more than 825 daily flights to 87 destinations across the United States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America with a fleet of more than 200 aircraft, and continues to challenge industry standards. JetBlue offers the most legroom of any airline in coach(a), free seatback entertainment, unlimited free snacks and free Fly-Fi broadband internet. Even with these features, the airline recognizes the most powerful differentiator is the dedicated individuals who support their customers every day with safety, caring, integrity, passion, and fun.

Top Copyright Photo: Derin Allard/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N598JB (msn 2314) arrives at Long Beach with the new design to celebrate 15 years of flying.

Below Photo: JetBlue Airways.

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JetBlue Airways is coming to Daytona Beach

JetBlue Airways (New York) will launch a new route to Florida’s Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) in February 2016. The airline will offer daily service from its home at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s (JFK) Terminal 5 — providing the Daytona Beach area with its only nonstop service to New York City. Daytona Beach will be JetBlue’s eighth in the Sunshine State.

The new service to Daytona Beach will create a direct link between JetBlue’s main base of operations in New York and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace. In 2007, JetBlue partnered with Embry-Riddle to launch the University Gateway Program, a unique opportunity that creates a path to a career with the airline for aspiring aviators.

JetBlue’s flights to Daytona Beach will be operated on a 150-seat Airbus A320.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N706JB (msn 3451) in the Bubbles design arrives back at the New York (JFK) hub.

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JetBlue Airways to add more Cuban charters for tour operator ABC Charters

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced an agreement with its partner, ABC Charters, to add a new charter flight to Cuba beginning this summer.

The weekly flight, which begins on June 5, will operate on Fridays from Tampa (TPA) to Havana (HAV). JetBlue will have the most flights to Cuba from Tampa.

The addition marks one of the first expansions in charter service by a major U.S. airline since restrictions on travel to Cuba were eased in January.

JetBlue will now have four weekly round trips to Cuba. In addition to the new Friday flight, JetBlue and ABC Charters operate weekly flights from Tampa to Havana on Tuesdays and from Tampa to Santa Clara (SNU) on Wednesdays. JetBlue also operates flights between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) and Havana through Xael Charters on Fridays. JetBlue is currently evaluating opportunities to add additional charter flights.

JetBlue serves all charter flights to Cuba on its Airbus A320s.

JetBlue began flying to Cuba for charter companies in 2011.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N768JB (msn 3760) in the Mosaic tail design arrives at the New York (JFK) hub.

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JetBlue Airways to add three seasonal routes from Boston

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced three new seasonal, nonstop flights from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass (MVY).; Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) (subject to receipt of government operating authority); and Sacramento, California (SMF). JetBlue will provide the only nonstop routes from Boston to both Port-au-Prince and Sacramento.

The new service to Port-au-Prince service will launch on June 17 and operate through September 5, 2015, with flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays (subject to receipt of government operating authority). The Haiti service will complement JetBlue’s existing daily flights from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and twice daily service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Service from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard will also launch on June 17 and operate daily through September 7, complementing JetBlue’s existing summer seasonal service from Boston to Nantucket.

The new Sacramento service will launch on June 18 and operate four times a week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Last year, the JetBlue introduced nonstop service from Boston to Detroit; Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, Georgia.; Liberia, Costa Rica; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; and Saint Lucia.

Service to Cleveland will launch on April 30, 2015.

JetBlue’s summer seasonal service to Bermuda and Nantucket will resume May 14.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N807JB (msn 5312) in the Barcode scheme arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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