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JetBlue Airways Corporation reports first quarter net income of only $4 million

JetBlue Airways Corporation (JetBlue Airways) (New York) today reported its results for the first quarter 2014:

Operating income of $41 million in the first quarter. This compares to operating income of $59 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Pre-tax income of $6 million in the first quarter. This compares to pre-tax income of $23 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Net income for the first quarter was $4 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. This compares to JetBlue’s first quarter 2013 net income of $14 million, or $0.05 per diluted share.

“Today, we reported our sixteenth consecutive quarter of profitability,” said Dave Barger, JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer. “While first quarter results were negatively impacted by severe winter weather in the Northeast, we believe our maturing network in high-value geography together with our differentiated product and service will help JetBlue expand margins and improve shareholder returns in 2014.”

Operational Performance

JetBlue reported record first quarter operating revenues of $1.3 billion despite severe winter weather in the Northeast. JetBlue cancelled 4,100 flights during the quarter, which reduced revenue by an estimated $50 million and reduced operating income by approximately $35 million. Revenue passenger miles for the first quarter increased 1.8% to 8.7 billion on a capacity increase of 2.7%, resulting in a first quarter load factor of 83.1%, a decrease of 0.8 points year over year.

Yield per passenger mile in the first quarter was 14.20 cents, up 1.8% compared to the first quarter of 2013. Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the first quarter 2014 increased 0.9% year over year to 11.80 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increased 1.1% year over year to 12.95 cents. The shift of the Easter and Passover holidays from March last year to April this year negatively impacted first quarter year over year PRASM by approximately three points.

“We achieved year over year improvements in yield and fare while growing capacity — demonstrating the core strength of our business,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s President. “With a solid demand environment and continued focus on ancillary revenue initiatives, we expect year over year unit revenue growth to accelerate in the second quarter.”

Operating expenses for the quarter increased 5.5%, or $68 million, over the prior year period. Interest expense for the quarter declined 8.3%, or $4 million, due to JetBlue’s focus on debt reduction. JetBlue’s operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the first quarter increased 2.6% year over year to 12.55 cents. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM increased 6.3% to 8.10 cents driven mainly by capacity reductions and higher non-fuel operating expenses associated with severe winter weather.

Fuel Expense and Hedging

JetBlue continued to hedge fuel to manage price volatility. Specifically, during the first quarter JetBlue hedged approximately 16% of its fuel consumption and managed approximately 8% of its fuel consumption using fixed forward price agreements (FFPs). This resulted in a realized fuel price of $3.14 per gallon, a 4.4% decrease over first quarter 2013 realized fuel price of $3.29. JetBlue recorded $1 million in losses on fuel hedges that settled during the first quarter.

JetBlue has managed approximately 22% of its second quarter projected fuel requirements using a combination of FFPs, jet fuel swaps and caps. Based on the fuel curve as of April 16th, JetBlue expects an average price per gallon of fuel, including the impact of hedges, FFPs and fuel taxes, of $3.11 in the second quarter.

Liquidity and Cash Flow

JetBlue ended the quarter with approximately $771 million in unrestricted cash and short term investments. In addition, JetBlue maintains $550 million in lines of credit.

During the first quarter, JetBlue repaid $237 million in debt and capital lease obligations. JetBlue plans to repay approximately $481 million in debt and capital lease obligations in 2014, including approximately $48 million in the second quarter.

JetBlue remains committed to improving its return on invested capital (ROIC) by an average of one percentage point per year. “We remain focused on growing unit revenues while maintaining our cost advantage and strengthening the balance sheet,” said Mark Powers, JetBlue’s Chief Financial Officer. “To that end, we plan to use the net proceeds from the pending sale of our wholly-owned subsidiary LiveTV to prepay debt and for other ROIC-accretive actions.”

Second Quarter and Full Year Outlook

For the second quarter of 2014, CASM is expected to be increase between 3.5% and 5.5% versus the year-ago period. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM in the second quarter is expected to increase between 4.5% and 6.5% year over year.

CASM for the full year is expected to increase between 2.0% and 4.0% over full year 2013. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM in 2014 is expected to increase between 3.5% and 5.5% year over year.

JetBlue expects approximately 1.5 points of this year over year unit cost increase to be driven by capacity reductions resulting from (1) reallocation of aircraft from longer haul routes to support new service in Washington Reagan National Airport and (2) first quarter weather-related cancellations.

Capacity is expected to increase between 5.5% and 7.5% in the second quarter. For the full year, capacity is expected to increase between 4.0% and 6.0%.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N615JB (msn 2461) in the FDNY special livery taxies at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

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JetBlue Airways’ pilots select ALPA to represent them

JetBlue Airways Corporation (New York) today issued the following statement from CEO Dave Barger responding to the unionization vote among JetBlue’s 2,529 pilots, in which a majority of JetBlue pilots who cast a vote elected ALPA as their representative.

The National Mediation Board will authorize ALPA as the representative body for JetBlue pilots, and then both JetBlue and ALPA will organize negotiating committees.

Read the analysis by Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N318JB (msn 19000364) prepares to land at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

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JetBlue to launch Pittsburgh-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood service on October 29

JetBlue Airways (New York) will launch a new route to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) on October 29, 2014 from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. The service will complement JetBlue’s existing route from Pittsburgh to Boston Logan International Airport, and is one of five upcoming routes announced for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood in 2014/15.

JetBlue currently operates 26 nonstop routes out of Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, with five more new routes already announced to begin in 2014/15. On May 1, JetBlue will add three new nonstop routes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood to Montego Bay (Jamaica), Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic). Next year, the airline also intends to launch a nonstop route to Albany, NY.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N521JB (msn 1452) in the “Stripes” tail design taxies to runway 09L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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JetBlue Airways announces its “One Thing That’s Green” campaign (besides the Jets logo jet)

JetBlue Airways (New York) today (April 7) announced its seventh annual “One Thing That’s Green” (OTTG) campaign.

The airline issued this statement:

This year’s initiative will bring a little greenery to the scenery of several BlueCities. Customers and crewmembers throughout JetBlue’s network are encouraged to vote to spruce up their local communities with green spaces. JetBlue is continuing its long-standing partnership with New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and the MillionTreesNYC initiative for a tree-planting event in New York. The airline will also align with Charles River Watershed Association, Seventh Generation and Bobble to clean up Boston’s Charles River.

Throughout the month of April, customers and community members can visit Facebook.com/JetBlue to vote for JetBlue’s next green space. Customers can vote by selecting their favorite BlueCity from the route map on the One Thing That’s Green Facebook tab. Customers will be able to vote multiple times for the BlueCity they hope will receive the next green space after liking JetBlue’s Facebook page. JetBlue will announce the community it has selected on May 1 and the green space builds will take place in the fall.

JetBlue Community Volunteers (JetBlue)(LR)

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“Our annual One Thing That’s Green campaign literally breathes new life into local communities. This year we are asking our customers where they would like to see more greenery and vibrant green spaces in their local neighborhoods,” said Icema Gibbs, JetBlue’s director corporate social responsibility. “Over the past seven years, we’ve played a small part in creating a healthier planet by planting more than 3,000 trees and cleaning 35,000 tons of trash in New York City. Our goal is to improve air quality and enhance the local communities where we live and serve. This year, we will add Boston to our efforts and provide a day of fun and festivities as our crewmembers and neighbors help clean the beloved Charles River.”

To celebrate Earth Day, the airline will plant trees and participate in community clean-ups in New York and Boston. On April 19, crewmembers and customers will work together to plant trees right in JetBlue’s backyard in Queens, New York. More than 250 volunteers will work side-by-side to plant 100 trees, clean up public spaces and beautify a garden in New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Woodside Houses in Woodside, Queens. This tree-planting event is an important step in the continued rebuilding of New York City’s tree canopy.

“Over the years, our annual plantings with JetBlue gave root to more than 3,500 trees throughout the city, and brought over 3,000 New Yorkers together for a great, common cause,” said Deborah Marton, NYRP’s executive director. “We’re looking forward to continuing this wonderful tradition and demonstrating how great partnerships can make our city stronger, healthier, and more beautiful.”

On April 26, 1,200 crewmembers, customers and community members will also volunteer to help clean up the Charles River in Boston. JetBlue will also host a celebration festival at the Hatch Shell on the River and will raffle tickets to attendees. Community members can register at http://www.charlesriver.org to participate from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Charles River Watershed Association was formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles River. Initiatives over the last four decades have dramatically improved the quality of water in the watershed.

“We are thrilled the 15thAnnual Earth Day Charles River is part of JetBlue’s One Thing That’s Green campaign this year. This collective effort further exemplifies how citizens and businesses can come together and make a positive impact in our communities through environmental stewardship,” said Charles River Watershed Association Executive Director, Robert Zimmerman, Jr.

This year’s One Thing That’s Green campaign solidifies JetBlue’s rooted in humanity environmental responsibility stance. Environmental responsibility and its connection to sustainability are key pillars of JetBlue’s corporate responsibility platform. Since 2008, more than 3,000 JetBlue crewmembers and customers have planted more than 3,500 trees and cleaned nearly three tons of trash in areas including in East Harlem, Manhattan; Forest Hills, Queens; Jamaica, Queens; Highland Park, Brooklyn/Queens and Long Island City, Queens in an effort to rebuilding New York and its communities.

Created by JetBlue to encourage healthier communities through a healthy planet, the One Thing That’s Green annual campaign highlights the airline’s commitment to environmentalism and giving back in the communities it serves. The day-long tree planting events in New York and Boston will take place rain or shine and will include giveaways, complimentary breakfast and lunch, and family-fun activities.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. The New York Jets-adorned Airbus A320-232 N746JB (msn 3622) arrives in Los Angeles.

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JetBlue Airways launches its new “Air on the Side of Humanity” TV advertising campaign

JetBlue Airways (New York) today (April 2) launched a new spring advertising and marketing campaign, ‘Air on the Side of Humanity,’ to remind customers there is a better way to fly. With TV spots running in Boston, Fort Lauderdale and New York and multi-channel components, the new campaign leverages the plight and perspective of the most overlooked fliers of all – pigeons. The end result is an integrated campaign that flies in the face of conventional airline branding with JetBlue making a bold statement about siding and flying with humanity.

The 360-degree campaign includes TV, online advertising, a first of its kind web video series, microsites, mobile, social, experiential and out-of-home advertising, all dedicated to entertain and bring JetBlue’s Inspire Humanity mission to life.

“We have built the airline you would have built for yourself, by offering what other airlines don’t – lots of legroom, friendly crewmembers, unlimited free snacks, free entertainment at every seat, Fly-Fi and more. Giving customers all of the comforts of home while in the air,” said Marty St. George, JetBlue’s senior vice president of marketing and commercial strategy. “This campaign is meant to encourage travelers to pause and consider the type of experience they want and deserve while flying.”

In the campaign, JetBlue delivers multi-media narratives from the perspective of a pigeon that draw playful comparisons on how people are treated by other carriers including cramped spaces, limited snacks, flying on someone else’s schedule and the feeling of being ignored.

The ‘Air on the Side of Humanity’ campaign expands with new components including an experiential launch event in New York City and a video series collaboration with Funny Or Die, extending the metaphor at the center of the ‘Air On The Side of Humanity’ campaign.

The media strategy is video-led (television and online) featuring both long- and short-form messaging, the web series created in partnership with Funny Or Die, custom JetBlue-branded and curated Spotify playlists, an interactive mobile rich media experience utilizing accelerometer functionality to entice audience interaction, and custom Buzzfeed posts with messages tailored to each market.

In a five-part video series entitled “Shoo’s Bird’s Eye View,” JetBlue and Funny Or Die collaborate for branded vignettes that highlight a pigeon’s unique point of view and bring a playful tone to both the triumphs and trials of humans. The humorous shorts live on JetBlue’s digital experience and social hub, CentralPerch, as well as FunnyOrDie.com, and leverage the social media footprint of the two brands through social activation and promotion. In this series that begins today and continues throughout the month with new content weekly, JetBlue celebrates the things that make us human, demonstrating its continued commitment to inspiring humanity and showing what sets JetBlue apart from all other airlines and service-centric brands.

Beginning on April 2, JetBlue, New York’s Hometown AirlineTM brings the campaign to life with New Yorkers with an experiential teaser activation where model pigeons are being placed around favorite city hot spots, emulating a grassroots event on behalf of underserved fliers. Passersby will socially interact via a hashtag. Across the market, disruptive print executions will feature floating ads demonstrating key features of the JetBlue experience, while commuters will experience transit media takeovers in subways, bus shelters, taxi tops and on taxi television. A regional section takeover features a high impact push down unit while cross-device HTML 5 synched digital media units will roll out on select digital channels.

Rounding out the campaign in Boston and Florida, consumers will experience similar disruptive print executions in the Boston Globe, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald and interactive homepage takeovers on Boston.com and MiamiHerald.com – where it’s first-to-market. Boston will bring back a first-to-market execution of pigeons riding atop taxi tops and expand with Out-of-Home strategically positioned to reach the business traveler, while Florida will reach Hispanic audiences via television and digital executions across Univision, Telemundo and Telefutura networks.

The creative, media and online experiences were led by Mullen’s Boston office, JetBlue’s agency-of-record since 2010.

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JetBlue to start Airbus A321 “Mint” service from New York (JFK) to San Francisco on October 26

JetBlue Airways (New York-JFK) will launch nonstop two-class Airbus A321 “Mint” service between the New York (JFK) hub and San Francisco on October 26 according to Airline Route.

According to the airline, “Mint will offer an unparalleled in-flight experience: the longest lie-flat beds in domestic business class (a) and four private suites among the 16 Mint seats.

Mint will feature a pre-departure drink, followed by a cocktail and amuse-bouche once airborne. JetBlue, New York’s Hometown Airline™, has partnered with the popular New York City-based restaurant Saxon + Parole to curate the onboard menu. Mint travelers will customize their meal by choosing among five “comfort food with a twist” offerings, served tapas-style, followed by dessert. Fresh cappuccino and espresso made from the first purposely built cappuccino machine for a U.S. airline will be available throughout the flight.

JetBlue will also be the only U.S. airline to offer customized men’s and women’s amenity kits from partner Birchbox, a global discovery retail company that offers consumers a personalized way to discover, learn about and purchase the best beauty and grooming products from prestigious brands. With an amenity kit designed specifically for JetBlue, loyal customers will receive new favorite products often as these unique kits will be changed several times throughout the year.

JETBLUE AIRWAYS MINT FRONT ROW

The Mint seat:

JetBlue chose to fully customize the Mint seat, featuring:

Fully lie-flat beds up to 6′ 8″ (203cm), averaging the longest in the U.S. domestic business class market (a)
The only private suites with closing doors in the American market, four on each flight
Seats up to 22.3″ wide, making them the widest seats on average in the U.S. domestic market (a)
Air cushions with adjustable firmness
Massage function
15-inch flat screen with up to 100 channels of DirecTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio
Shoe storage
Dual 110 volt power outlets with two USB ports
“Wake me for service” indicator, allowing customers to customize their service needs
A refreshed core experience

JetBlue’s brand new Airbus A321 aircraft will also feature an enhanced core product, including a new world-class seat designed to maximize comfort, larger 10.1″ personal screens offering up to 100 channels of DirecTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio (d), in-seat power outlets accessible to all customers and a drink holder. As a result of the new next-generation slimmer seat design, customers will enjoy even more living space and the most legroom in coach (e), as well as more comfort.

To add even more to the core experience on New York-Los Angeles/San Francisco flights, JetBlue created the marketplace for all new Airbus A321s, a self-serve station full of snacks, sodas and water for customers to enjoy at their convenience throughout the flight.

The airline’s A321 fleet will also offer free (f) superfast Fly-Fi for all customers, JetBlue’s revolutionary in-air Wi-Fi.

Top Copyright Photo:  Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by JetBlue). Airbus A321-321 N907JB (msn 5865) arrives on runway 09L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

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Video: Humanity in customer service and the new Airbus A321 Mint Service:

JetBlue Airways to drop five routes in order to redeploy aircraft on new routes to Washington’s Reagan National Airport

JetBlue Airways (New York) as we previously reported, was awarded a package of 12 more slot pairs at the slot-controlled Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

As a result, JetBlue is forced to move aircraft from underperforming routes to these new DCA routes. This will be accomplished by ending service in the following markets:

West Palm Beach – San Juan: last flight both directions is June 16

San Francisco – Austin: last flight is June 15, Austin – San Francisco: last flight is June 16

Oakland – Washington (Dulles): last flight is June 15, Washington (Dulles) – Oakland: last flight is June 16

Long Beach – Washington (Dulles): last flight is September 1, Washington (Dulles) – Long Beach: last flight is Sept. 2

Buffalo – Fort Myers: this seasonal market will not resume in November

Customers with reservations for these affected flights after the last operating date will be contacted with the option to be reaccommodated on other JetBlue flights or to cancel their reservation and receive a full refund.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N537JT (msn 1785) lands at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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Japan Airlines and JetBlue Airways to expand their codeshare agreement

Japan Airlines (JAL) (Tokyo) and JetBlue Airways (New York) have agreed to further expand their codeshare cooperation starting on March 30, 2014, resulting in an increase in the number of JAL codeshare flights available on U.S. domestic routes operated by JetBlue. Sales and reservations for the newest codeshare flights will be available from March 25, 2014.

JAL also recently announced the launch of double daily service on its Tokyo (Narita) – New York (JFK) route from March 30, 2014, with the new second daily operation from Narita scheduled to arrive at JFK in the early evening. To further improve the convenience for transit passengers at New York, the latest codeshare flights on JetBlue delivers same-day connections to multiple U.S. cities.

Additionally, JAL and JetBlue will increase the number of codeshare routes between Boston and select U.S. cities, and JAL will also introduce new codeshare flights between San Francisco and select U.S. cities to further enhance JAL’s overall U.S. network.

JAL initially launched its codeshare cooperation with JetBlue in April 2012 to strengthen JAL’s network throughout the U.S. East Coast. JetBlue, whose main hubs are at Boston (Logan) and New York (JFK), boasts a strong U.S. domestic network and is known for its service quality including leather seating, rich in-flight entertainment, and unlimited snacks and drinks.

The expanded codeshare cooperation with JetBlue is in addition to JAL’s extensive codeshare cooperation under joint business with oneworld® alliance partner, American Airlines. Together with American and JetBlue, JAL is continually striving to provide its customers with greater convenience through expanded network within the U.S.

JAL-JetBlue Codeshare Map

New Codeshare flights from March 30, 2014

Flight No.

Route

Flight No.

Route

JL5898

New York – Burlington

JL5928

New York – New Orleans

JL5920

JL5921

New York – Buffalo, Buffalo – New York

JL5930

New York – Portland

JL5922

New York – Fort Lauderdale

JL5932

JL5933

New York – Raleigh/Durham, Raleigh/Durham – New York

JL5924

New York – Jacksonville

JL5934

New York – Rochester

JL5926

New York – Orlando

JL5886

JL5893

San Francisco – Long Beach, Long Beach - San Francisco

JL5890

JL5891

San Francisco – Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale – San Francisco

JL5888

JL5939

San Francisco – Austin, Austin - San Francisco

JL5892

San Francisco – Boston

JL5894

Boston – Houston Hobby

JL5938

JL5892

Boston – San Francisco, San Francisco – Boston

JL5896

JL5895

Boston – Detroit, Detroit – Boston

* Codeshare flights are subject to government approval.

*All of above flights are operated by JetBlue.

< Reference> JAL flight schedule on Narita=New York, Haneda= San Francisco and Narita= Boston

Flight No.

Route

Dep. Time

Arr. Time

Days of Operation

JL006

Narita – New York

11:10

11:05

Daily

JL005

New York – Narita

13:15

16:25+1

Daily

JL004

Narita – New York

18:30

18:25

Daily

JL003

New York – Narita

9:30

12:40+1

Daily

JL002

Haneda – San Francisco

0:05

17:25-1

Daily

JL001

San Francisco – Haneda

19:10

22:20+1

Daily

JL008

Narita – Boston

11:20

11:10

Daily

JL007

Boston – Narita

13:15

15:55+1

Daily

 

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-346 ER JA737J (msn 36126) of JAL arrives in Los Angeles.

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JetBlue to fly from Albany, New York starting next year

JetBlue Airways (New York) and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer from New York held a press conference in Albany, New York announcing it would serve the state capitol of New York starting in late 2015. Albany will be 8th city in New York State. No details on the routes were provided.

Read the full report from Albany Business Review: CLICK HERE

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JetBlue announces seasonal New York (JFK)-Hyannis flights starting on June 26

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced Hyannis, Massachusetts as the 86th BlueCity. Hyannis/Cape Cod marks JetBlue’s 64th nonstop route from New York (JFK), where the airline will offer seasonal service with one daily flight between June 26 and September 9, 2014.

Hyannis, referred by many as the “Capital of the Cape,” is the largest of the seven villages in the city of Barnstable, Massachusetts, and the commercial and transportation hub of Cape Cod.

JetBlue’s new route will follow the schedule below:

JFK-HYA

Depart: 11:59 a.m. / Arrive 1:05 p.m.

HYA-JFK

Depart: 1:45 p.m. / 2:53 p.m.

In other news, JetBlue has announced an agreement to sell LiveTV to the Thales Group.

According to the carrier, “the relationship with LiveTV is not going away. Rather, this important customer relationship is expanding. JetBlue will continue to benefit from having access to current and future LiveTV IFE and connectivity products. Specifically, with the sale of LiveTV, we entered into two long-term agreements with LiveTV to continue and enhance both Fly-Fi connectivity and the IFE experience for Customers.”

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N249JB (msn 19000045) in the Dots tail design arrives at the JFK hub.

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JetBlue Airways launches Boston-Detroit service, Detroit becomes the 85th BlueCity

JetBlue Airways (New York) yesterday (March 10) added Detroit, Michigan to its route map from Boston. The airline issued this report on its Blue Tales blog:

JetBlue launched Detroit as its 85 BlueCity and our 51 nonstop destination from Boston. JetBlue is entering the market with three daily Embraer 190 flights between BOS and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW).

We’re really excited to give the business communities within the two cities a new comfortable (and affordable!) option for travel. And with one of the largest Arab American communities in our country the greater Detroit area we know our code-share with Emirates will be of great interest to many as Emirates also began their nonstop  BOS - Dubai (DXB) flights today.

Here are some photos from our inaugural flight:

All photos by JetBlue Airways.

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American Airlines and JetBlue Airways end their interline agreement

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) and JetBlue Airways (New York) plan to terminate their interline traffic agreement and reciprocal frequent flyer program accrual agreement, which includes select routes from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and New York’s John F. KennedyInternational Airport (JFK).

Each airline will no longer accept new interline sales for travel on the other carrier. Effective April 1, customers will no longer earn miles or points when traveling on eligible routes operated by the other airline. All American AAdvantage miles or JetBlue TrueBlue points already accrued through this partnership will be credited to customers’ accounts and are not affected. The two airlines are working together to ensure these changes have little impact to customers.

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-823 N922NN (msn 29523) approaches the runway at Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N599JB (msn 2336) in the Barcode tail design taxies to the runway at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

 

 

JetBlue announces its new routes for Washington’s Reagan National Airport

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced details of its upcoming expansion at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) with new low-fare service to three destinations beginning June 19, 2014: Charleston, South Carolina; Hartford, Connecticut; and Nassau, Bahamas (subject to receipt of government operating authority).

JetBlue plans to offer twice-daily service to both Charleston and Hartford/Springfield, as well as once-daily year-round service to Nassau. In addition to these three new destinations from Washington, JetBlue will boost its existing service to Tampa, Florida, with a second daily flight effective July 2, 2014.

Together, these six new daily departures represent half the new flights JetBlue has earned the right to operate by acquiring slots as a result of the recent American Airlines-US Airways divestiture proceedings. More details of JetBlue’s DCA expansion, which will bring the airline’s daily departure count to 30, will be announced later this year.

This summer JetBlue will offer customers 24 daily roundtrip flights from DCA to eight cities: Boston, Charleston, Hartford/Springfield, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Nassau, Orlando, and Tampa, as well as the only nonstop service to San Juan, Puerto Rico from Washington’s popular downtown airport.

JetBlue’s three newest Reagan National destinations will be served with 100-seat Embraer ERJ 190 jets, featuring spacious two-by-two seating, the most legroom in coach (c), seatback entertainment including 36 channels of free DIRECTV® programming and more than 100 channels of free SiriusXM® satellite radio (d), unlimited free snacks and soft drinks, and JetBlue’s acclaimed in-flight customer service. With JetBlue, customers can also enjoy a first checked bag free of charge (e).

Schedules for JetBlue’s New Reagan National Destinations

Charleston (CHS)
DCA – CHS CHS – DCA
12:20 p.m. – 01:53 p.m. 07:25 a.m. – 08:52 a.m.
06:30 p.m. – 08:06 p.m. 02:35 p.m. – 04:04 p.m.
Saturday schedule varies slightly
Hartford (BDL)
DCA – BDL BDL – DCA
09:25 a.m. – 10:46 a.m. 06:35 a.m. – 07:59 a.m.
07:25 p.m. – 08:50 p.m. 06:30 p.m. – 07:54 p.m.
Nassau (NAS)*
DCA – NAS NAS – DCA
09:55 a.m. – 12:29 p.m. 01:55 – 04:30 p.m.
Saturday schedule varies slightly. *Subject to receipt of government operating authority

In addition to its presence at Reagan National, JetBlue also serves the National Capital Region with daily flights from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N258JB (msn 19000047) in the Windowpane tail design arrives at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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JetBlue to operate the new Airbus A321 to Nassau and San Diego in the fall

JetBlue Airways (New York) is planning to introduce the new Airbus A321 from New York (JFK) to both Nassau and San Diego (two new A321 routes) starting on September 3 per Airline Route. It will also continue to operate A321 flights from JFK to both Barbados and Las Vegas as well as Mint service to Los Angeles.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 N903JB (msn 5783) departs the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Will JetBlue Airways move into the void at Cleveland Hopkins?

JetBlue Airways (New York) like other carriers, is always looking at route opportunities. With United Airlines de-hubbing Cleveland Hopkins, there is now a void of air service at CLE.  According to this article by The Plain Dealer, JetBlue stated it has no plans for CLE, but it is always monitoring other airlines and their route decisions and is always considering its options.

If not JetBlue, who will move into the Cleveland market?

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Meanwhile The Plain Dealer looks at why United Airlines pulled out of its hub out at Cleveland. Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N635JB (msn 2725) lands at Long Beach.

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JetBlue Airways to acquire 12 slot pairs at Washington Reagan National Airport, reports fourth quarter and 2013 financial results

JetBlue Airways (New York) has been informed that its bid for 12 slot pairs at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) has been provisionally accepted. These assets became available as a result of divestitures mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in the American Airlines-US Airways merger.

Once approved by DOJ, JetBlue expects to add 12 new roundtrip flights at Washington’s popular, close-in airport. The airline plans to introduce nonstop service to cities it does not currently serve from DCA, expanding the benefits of its award-winning service to more communities, as well as add more flights on some existing routes.

JetBlue first entered the Reagan National market in 2010 and today offers 18 daily roundtrip flights to Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando, Tampa, as well as the airport’s only nonstop service to San Juan, Puerto Rico. With its new slots, JetBlue will operate up to 30 roundtrips per day at DCA.

On the financial side, JetBlue Airway Corporation issued its financial report for the fourth quarter and the entire year of 2013:

JetBlue Airways Corporation reported its results for the fourth quarter and full year 2013:

  • Operating income of $115 million in the fourth quarter. This compares to operating income of $44 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. For the full year 2013, JetBlue reported operating income of $428 million. This compares to operating income of $376 million for the full year 2012.
  • Pre-tax income of $77 million in the fourth quarter. This compares to pre-tax income of $1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. For the full year 2013, JetBlue reported pre-tax income of $279 million. This compares to a pre-tax income of $209 million for the full year 2012.
  • Net income for the fourth quarter was $47 million, or $0.14 per diluted share. This compares to JetBlue’s fourth quarter 2012 net income of $1 million, or $0.00 per diluted share. For the full year 2013, JetBlue reported net income of $168 million, or $0.52per diluted share. This compares to net income of $128 million, or $0.40 per diluted share for the full year 2012.

Operational Performance

JetBlue reported record fourth quarter operating revenues of $1.4 billion. Revenue passenger miles for the fourth quarter increased 7.1% to 8.7 billion on a capacity increase of 8.3%, resulting in a fourth quarter load factor of 80.9%, a decrease of 1.0 point year over year.

Yield per passenger mile in the fourth quarter was 14.35 cents, up 6.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the fourth quarter 2013 increased 5.3% year over year to 11.62 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increased 5.6% year over year to 12.77 cents.

Operating expenses for the quarter increased 8.7%, or $100 million, over the prior year period. Interest expense for the quarter declined 8.4%, or $5 million as a result of JetBlue’s debt reduction strategy. JetBlue’s operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the fourth quarter increased 0.4% year over year to 11.70 cents. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM increased 0.6% to 7.30 cents.

Over the course of 2013, JetBlue improved its return on invested capital (ROIC) to 5.3%. “We remain committed to improving ROIC by one percentage point per year on average,” said Mark Powers, JetBlue’s Chief Financial Officer. “We recognize that while we have more work to do to improve returns, we believe we have a plan in place to achieve these goals in 2014.”

Fuel Expense and Hedging

JetBlue continued to hedge fuel to manage price volatility. Specifically, during the fourth quarterJetBlue hedged approximately 28% of its fuel consumption and managed approximately 12% of its fuel consumption using fixed forward price agreements (FFPs). This resulted in a realized fuel price of $3.10 per gallon, a 3.1% decrease over fourth quarter 2012 realized fuel price of $3.20. JetBluerecorded $3 million in losses on fuel hedges that settled during the fourth quarter.

JetBlue has managed approximately 24% of its first quarter projected fuel requirements using a combination of FFPs, jet fuel swaps and caps. Based on the fuel curve as of January 23rd, JetBlueexpects an average price per gallon of fuel, including the impact of hedges, FFPs and fuel taxes, of$3.13 in the first quarter.

Liquidity and Cash Flow

JetBlue ended the year with approximately $627 million in unrestricted cash and short term investments. In addition, JetBlue maintains $550 million in undrawn lines of credit. For the full year 2013, JetBlue generated $758 million of operating cash flow and had capital expenditures of $637 million, including $453 million of aircraft investments. As a result, JetBlue generated $121 million in free cash flow in 2013.

During 2013, JetBlue repaid $510 million in debt and capital lease obligations, including approximately $248 million in the fourth quarter. In addition, JetBlue prepaid approximately $94 million of aircraft related debt in December. JetBlue recorded a $3 million loss in non-operating income during the quarter in connection with this prepayment. JetBlue expects this transaction will generate $25 million in interest expense savings over the next six years. JetBlue plans to repay approximately $470 million in debt and capital lease obligations in 2014, including approximately$235 million in the first quarter.

JetBlue has increased its pool of unencumbered aircraft from one to 23 and decreased its total debt balance by approximately $550 million since 2011, thereby decreasing the financial risk in the business. “We remain focused on continuing to strengthen our balance sheet as we expect to continue to generate free cash flow and purchase aircraft with cash in 2014,” said Mr. Powers.

First Quarter and Full Year Outlook

JetBlue expects first quarter results to be adversely impacted by severe weather in the Northeast during the beginning of January, which resulted in the cancellation of approximately 1,800 flights. The severe weather reduced JetBlue’s total revenue by an estimated $45 million and reduced operating income for the first quarter by approximately $30 million.

For the first quarter of 2014, CASM is expected to be increase between 0.0% and 2.0% versus the year-ago period. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM in the first quarter is expected to increase between 3.0% and 5.0% year over year.

CASM for the full year is expected to increase between 1.0% and 3.0% over full year 2013. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM in 2014 is expected to increase between 3.0% and 5.0% year over year.

Capacity is expected to increase between 2.5% and 4.5% in the first quarter. For the full year, capacity is expected to increase between 5.0% and 7.0%.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N316JB (msn 19000291) completes the River Approach into Reagan National Airport on the Virginia side of the Potomac River.

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JetBlue Airways to fly from Newark to Santiago, Dominican Republic starting on May 1

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced new nonstop service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI), effective on May 1, subject to receipt of government operating authority.

JetBlue’s schedule between Newark (EWR) and Santiago (STI) effective May 1, 2014:

EWR to STI:     STI to EWR:

Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive

8:40 a.m. – 12:29 p.m.  1:25 p.m. – 5:24 p.m.

JetBlue currently offers nonstop service to seven destinations from Newark: Boston; Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood; Fort Myers; Orlando; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tampa; and West Palm Beach.

JetBlue’s flights to Santiago will be operated with an Airbus A320.

In related news, LiveTV is the first company to gain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certificate approval on a more stringent requirement for bird strike testing for large domes mounted on the top of aircraft that are used for live television, satellite connectivity, inflight entertainment and other uses. These radomes are in service on Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737-900 and JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft with broadband WiFi.

Previously, the FAA accepted a probability analysis for test validation and did not require a physical bird strike for domes on the top of aircraft. However, the FAA recently advised LiveTV and others that actual bird strike tests would be required to demonstrate that a flight could be successfully completed with structural damage sustained when a radome is struck by a four-pound bird at speeds of over 400 miles per hour. Tests were conducted on LiveTV’s radome, which was co-developed with General Dynamics Ordinance and Tactical Systems.

This FAA approval will remove the bird strike exemption from LiveTV’s Supplemental Type Certificates needed for aircraft installation of satellite connectivity and inflight entertainment systems. This approval applied to an Airbus A320 STC and similar approvals are expected for Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft for LiveTV.

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N507JT (msn 1240) with the LiveTV dome prepares to taxi at the Long beach focus city.

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Etihad Airways announces new code share agreements with AirEuropa and JetBlue Airways

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has announced new code share agreements with both AirEuropa (Palma de Mallorca and Madrid) and JetBlue Airways (New York).

Under the terms of the agreement with AirEuropa and subject to regulatory approvals, AirEuropa plans to commence a three times a week direct service between Madrid and Abu Dhabi in late 2014.

Etihad Airways will place its EY flight code on the new Airbus A330 operated flights, offering direct access to Madrid for the very first time through its global Abu Dhabi hub.

The two airlines will work together in the run up to the route launch, with Etihad Airways initially placing its code on AirEuropa-operated flights to Madrid from Amsterdam, Brussels and Milan Malpensa and beyond Madrid to Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.

In return, AirEuropa will place its UX flight code on Etihad Airways flights from Amsterdam, Brussels and Milan Malpensa to Abu Dhabi.

Furthermore, during summer 2014, both airlines plan to expand the number of codeshare destinations to include new cities in Spain and South America via Madrid, and more cities beyond Abu Dhabi across the Gulf region, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

For the new code share agreement with JetBlue Airways, Etihad will connect with JetBlue at New York (JFK) and Washington (Dulles). Etihad flies daily from JFK’s Terminal 4 and from Washington Dulles’ Concourse A to its hub in Abu Dhabi and in March will begin a second daily nonstop service from JFK. The airline also serves Chicago (O’Hare) and Toronto (Pearson) and later this year will begin service to Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth.

JetBlue Airways will announce further details today.

Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com. Etihad Airways’ Boeing 777-3FX ER A6-ETB (msn 34598) is pictured at a cold Frankfurt.

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JetBlue shuts down all operations at New York and Boston, will resume today

JetBlue Airways (New York) shut down its entire New York and Boston operations yesterday afternoon (January 6) due to an on-going winter storm and continued delayed and cancelled flights. The airline was purposely shutting down these these two major hubs in order for its crews to get the required amount of rest and for its aircraft and other assets to be repositioned. Like other carriers, the carrier is also under new mandatory FAA rules on pilot duty hours. The airline hopes to restart operations today with full operations expected by 3:00 pm (1500).

JetBlue issued this statement yesterday:

The new year began with the winter storm some called Hercules, is shutting down the heaviest trafficked air corridor in the world during one of the heaviest travel periods of the year. Mother Nature then followed that up with icing conditions over the weekend, causing even more issues and ground stops at the airports. Even as airports began to reopen though, newly launched FAA regulations on pilot duty times caused delayed flights to quickly turn into canceled ones. Now today, less than a week into the year, we’re watching a polar vortex wreak havoc on flight schedules across the industry, as rainy weather prepares to turn airports in the Northeast into ice rinks once again.

More than 3,000 flights across the industry have been cancelled today, and roughly 300 of those will be JetBlue’s. Beginning at 1 p.m. ET today, we’ll reduce operations at JFK, LaGuardia, Newark, and Boston through 10 a.m. ET Tuesday. At that time, we’ll gradually ramp up again – we intend to be 100% operational by 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday. This plan allows for 17 hours of rest for crews, and time for Tech Ops to service the aircraft.

These industry wide cancellations, on top of the previous days’ cancellations, have now left millions of air travelers displaced, struggling to find any available seat to get to their destinations. With planes already full with previously booked holiday travelers, remaining seats are quickly filled, (for some of the other guys, even overbooked), and some customers aren’t seeing available seats for nearly a week. If your flight has been canceled, you can rebook travel or request a refund online. More information on current travel alerts and fee waivers can be found on our Travel Alerts page. We also still request customers are encouraged to check the status of their flight online prior to leaving for the airport.

For our part, this isn’t the sort of operation we’re happy about, and have stood up every available resource throughout the last week to work with customers and adjust our schedules to minimize impact. While we have to reduce operations in our Northeast cities today, we’ll take the opportunity to use some of those planes and crews for extra sections between cities where we they’re most needed and move crews in preparation for starting back up on Tuesday. Our first priority is to support the operation and assist customers with immediate travel needs, but will be reaching out to any impacted customer we have contact information to offer compensation.

Read the full story from CNN: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N206JB (msn 19000025) arrives in New York (JFK).

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JetBlue talks about repositioning aircraft and recovering from a snowstorm

JetBlue Airways (New York) has published this piece on its Blue Tales blog about repositioning aircraft and crews:

For most people, digging out after a snow storm is about brushing off the car, clearing the driveway, and making sure the roads are clear. For a 24/7 operation like an airline though, it can be a little more involved, and digging out is only the first step.

Operating a scheduled flight requires a delicate handoff of planes to rested pilots and inflight crewmembers able to work the flight. Delays or cancellations disrupt those handoffs placing crews or planes “out of position” for their flights. A flight from Fort Lauderdale to Austin becomes difficult to operate after a storm when the scheduled plane is in New York, a rested Inflight crew is ready to start their trip in Fort Lauderdale, and the pilots are delayed trying to get in from Rochester.

Getting those crews and planes into position without disrupting other crews and their scheduled flights is no easy task. We often need to cancel flights to “thin” the operation around an irregular operations day to make sure planes and crews are ‘reset’ just so we can start the next day fresh.

Fresh is the key word there. It may seem counter-intuitive to cancel a flight that seems able to operate, but our crews need to be rested in order to operate flights. When a pilot or inflight crewmember leaves for the airport, they’re on a timer. Once they time out, they need to leave and get some rest, whether they’re where they’re supposed to be or not. While disappointing, we’d rather cancel a flight before all the customers have gathered in the airport, and where we can be sure our crew can be ready to start fresh and rested.

Today, even in the midst of us repairing those schedules disrupted by this week’s winter storms, we’re facing an additional complication as new FAA rules go into effect for crew rest. These rules further impact our ability to operate an already disrupted schedule, causing our pilots to “time out” even sooner. As a result, additional cancellations are likely to occur as we work to reset the operation.

We understand the frustration this causes for our customers and will do everything we can to minimize the impact. Many travelers similarly find themselves “out of position” as already full holiday flights make it difficult to find immediate reaccommodation of canceled flights, and limited spare aircraft and crews make extra sections few and far between. If you’re scheduled to fly out on a trip today, we’d encourage you to look at our weather advisory for current information on our fee waivers, and if you still opt to travel, please check the status of your flight online prior to leaving for the airport.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N615JB (msn 2461) in the special FDNY scheme prepares to depart from Long Beach.

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JetBlue to introduce the new Airbus A321 tomorrow

JetBlue Airways (New York) tomorrow (December 19) will begin revenue operations of their new Airbus A321s.  The first all-coach (JetBlue calls it “core”) A321s, outfitted with 190 seats, will debut on routes from New York JFK to Barbados, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and San Juan. By the launch of service, JetBlue have four A321s in service, the first of an order for 83.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Airbus A321-231 with the temporary marks of D-AVZA was the first A321 and became N903JB on delivery on October 24. It was followed by N905JB on November 13 and N907JB on November 16. The new A321s are also introducing the new Prism tail design.

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JetBlue Airways and South African Airways begin code-sharing

JetBlue Airways (New York) and South African Airways (SAA) (Johannesburg) have launched their bilateral code-share agreement.

JetBlue is now placing its “B6″ code on SAA-operated flights between the U.S. and Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as on connecting flights to select destinations beyond Johannesburg including Cape Town, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

SAA flies each day between both New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport

Via its Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to most cities and destinations across southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands, including South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia.

Beginning in 2014, JetBlue will debut Mint, the carrier’s new premium offering, featuring the longest lie-flat bed in domestic business class and the only private suites on the New York-Los Angeles and New York-San Francisco routes.

At JFK Airport, JetBlue operates from its Terminal 5, while SAA operates from the adjacent Terminal 4, allowing for fast and easy connections between flights.

At Washington Dulles, both JetBlue and SAA are co-located in Concourse B.

Top Copyright Photo: James Helbock/AirlinersGallery.com. Standing out in the red FDNY special livery, Airbus A320-232 N615JB (msn 2461) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. South African Airways’ Airbus A340-313X ZS-SXE (msn 646) leaves the runway at Washington Dulles International Airport.

JetBlue Airways launches high-speed inflight Wi-Fi services

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JetBlue Airways (New York) today became the first airline to use high-speed Ka-band satellite connectivity with the launch of Fly-Fi™, its branded inflight internet product. As the next-generation inflight Wi-Fi, Fly-Fi™ for the first time brings travelers real broadband internet in the sky and the same at-home internet speeds they are accustomed.

JetBlue Fly-Fi Ka-band satellite connectivity is eight times faster than older, slower inflight connections offered on other U.S. airlines. During the beta period rollout, JetBlue will offer free basic web browsing on board, called Simply Surf, on Fly-Fi equipped aircraft through June 2014. In addition, JetBlue offers a live video streaming high-bandwidth plan, Fly-Fi Plus, at $9 per hour for applications like streaming movies or large downloads. JetBlue has partnered with its inflight entertainment and connectivity subsidiary LiveTV as well as satellite provider ViaSat to bring Fly-Fi to life.

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“Every traveler using Wi-Fi on JetBlue or any other carrier should test their connection with SpeedTest.net, and post their speeds using #WiFiFlightSpeed on social networks. Travelers should be able to see the speeds of all Wi-Fi systems in the sky and make an informed choice,” said Marty St. George, JetBlue senior vice president marketing and commercial strategy. “Customers should demand fast broadband and should discover what true broadband inflight connectivity means.” SpeedTest.net is an accepted public standard for internet speed measurement.

Creating Fly-Fi™

JetBlue has spent more than two years working with its wholly owned subsidiary, LiveTV, and ViaSat to create the best customer Wi-Fi experience in the sky. JetBlue set out to find the best onboard internet technology available. With existing technology too slow or too costly, JetBlue chose a different path that mirrors how it approaches bringing humanity back to air travel: invent a new, better experience that puts the customer’s needs first.

JetBlue launches today with three Fly-Fi aircraft, five by yearend and more than 140 aircraft by yearend 2014. JetBlue’s Airbus A320 and A321 fleet will receive their Fly-Fi upgrades during 2014 at a rate of as many as 15 aircraft per month, while the Embraer 190 fleet will be completed in 2015.

In addition to launching Fly-Fi, JetBlue expects to allow taxi-in to taxi-out use of Fly-Fi by January 2014. JetBlue was the first airline to offer expanded use of electronic devices last month.

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JetBlue Airways starts new service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti

JetBlue Airways (New York) today launched three daily flights to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) will be served once daily from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and twice daily from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Port-au-Prince is JetBlue’s 82nd destination and its 24th destination internationally.

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Port-au-Prince (PAP) effective December 5, 2013:

FLL to PAP: PAP to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
6:30 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. 9:25 a.m. – 11:34 a.m.
12:40 p.m. – 2:38 p.m. 3:34 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

JetBlue’s schedule between New York (JFK) and Port-au-Prince (PAP) effective December 5, 2013:

JFK to PAP: PAP to JFK:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
6:30 a.m. – 10:13 a.m. 11:10 a.m. – 3:07 p.m.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N828JB (msn 5723) with Sharklets lands at Las Vegas.

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JetBlue Airways and Silver Airways forge a new interline relationship

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville) announced the formation of an interline ticketing partnership to allow travelers to easily connect between the carriers’ networks via Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando, Tampa or Fort Myers.

Silver Airways will be JetBlue’s 30th airline partner, bringing many new destinations in Florida and The Bahamas within reach for JetBlue’s customers including Key West, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Bimini, Grand Bahama (Freeport), The Eleutheras (Governor’s Harbor and North Eleuthera), The Abacos (Marsh Harbour and Treasure Cay) and Great Exuma (Georgetown).
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Silver Airways SAAB 340B N418XJ (msn 418) lands at Pensacola in the Panhandle of Florida.
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JetBlue now flies as far south as Lima, Peru (are Airbus A330s coming?)

JetBlue Airways (New York-JFK) is stretching its route map further south in Latin America suggesting the rumored Airbus A330s could be ordered in the future. Yesterday the fast-growing company began daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to Lima, Peru. The new route is part of the airline’s continuous expansion at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airport, where JetBlue now offers nonstop flights to 25 destinations, three of which are in South America. Lima is JetBlue’s 81st destination.

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) and Lima, Peru (LIM), effective November 21, 2013:

FLL to LIM: LIM to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
5:40 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. 12:30 a.m. – 6:19 a.m.

Flights operate daily effective November 21, 2013 (southbound) and November 22, 2013 (northbound) -

All times local.

JetBlue’s flights between Fort Lauderdale and Lima, Peru, will be operated with its Airbus A320 fleet.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 WL N827JB (msn 5677) with Sharklets in the Blueberries tail design lands at Las Vegas.

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Evacuation slide opens inside the jetBlue cabin on a Fort Myers-Boston flight

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JetBlue Airways (New York) flight B6 1266 from Fort Myers to Boston diverted to Orlando yesterday (November 20) after the evacuation slide opened inside the cabin. There were no injuries to 77 passengers and crew members on board according to Reuters.

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JetBlue endorses the DOJ settlement, adds two new destinations in the Caribbean

JetBlue Airways Corporation (JetBlue Airways) (New York) has released the following statement from CEO and President Dave Barger in regards to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) proposed settlement, that would permit American Airlines and US Airways to proceed with their merger plans:

“On behalf of the 15,000 crewmembers of JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline™, I applaud the Department of Justice’s pro-consumer proposed settlement and we look forward to participating in the divestiture process. JetBlue is eager to increase our low fare service in communities across the country and particularly at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.”

In other news, JetBlue has announced its expanded winter schedule in the Caribbean, featuring more flights than ever before. With the planned launch of service to two new island destinations, JetBlue will serve the Caribbean region this winter with an average of 200 daily flights.

In addition to its own network growth, JetBlue also announces the signing of two new interline agreements in the Caribbean, with LIAT and Seaborne Airlines, and a growth of its existing partnership with Cape Air. This expands the single-ticket options for JetBlue customers into a number of additional Caribbean destinations.

Two new cities and five new routes planned

JetBlue has announced five new Caribbean routes that will launch in the coming months, including service to two new destinations: Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (a). New routes include:

  • Chicago (ORD) – San Juan, Puerto Rico (starts Nov. 20)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood – Port-au-Prince, Haiti (starts Dec. 5) (a)
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (starts May 1) (a)
  • New York (JFK) – Port-au-Prince, Haiti (starts Dec. 5) (a)
  • New York (JFK) – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (starts Feb. 24) (a)

Five destinations to see added capacity with larger aircraft

JetBlue plans to meet peak winter demand this winter by deploying its brand new Airbus A321 aircraft to a variety of Caribbean destinations. The A321 is outfitted with 190 seats, featuring the most legroom in coach (b), and boosting the number of seats per departure by 40 compared to JetBlue’s current 150-seat A320 aircraft. The following destinations will see select flights to/from New York (JFK) operated by the larger A321:

  • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Additionally, JetBlue will offer even more frequencies between New York (JFK) and Barbados during peak holiday times, including President’s Day and Easter.

JetBlue’s A321s will be operating fresh from the factory and will not yet have in-flight television, radio or movies.

More destinations with new and expanded interline partnerships

JetBlue has added two new interline agreements, with LIAT and Seaborne Airlines, and expanded its existing partnership with Cape Air, bringing a number of new Caribbean destinations within reach for JetBlue customers.

LIAT now offers JetBlue customers connections to several new destinations including Antigua, Grenada, St. Kitts, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, when transferring at Barbados and St. Maarten. Founded in 1956, LIAT is one of the largest and most experienced carriers in the Caribbean region. Tickets are now available for sale through travel agencies.

Seaborne Airlines also opens up several new destinations for JetBlue customers, including St. Kitts, Dominica, and Guadeloupe and Martinique in the French Caribbean, all via San Juan, as well as connections to La Romana, Dominican Republic on a daily basis. In addition, Seaborne will offer more flight options for customers connecting at San Juan to/from both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Seaborne’s regional network includes 11 destinations from San Juan and a total of 625 weekly departures. JetBlue-Seaborne itineraries are now available for sale through travel agencies.

JetBlue’s longstanding partnership with Cape Air also expands this winter, with new destinations available via San Juan: Culebra, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. With service to these two unspoiled island destinations, which is expected to kick off in early 2014, Cape Air will serve a total of nine destinations from San Juan including options like Anguilla and Nevis.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. The new JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N615JB (msn 2461) in the special FDNY – Fire Department New York taxies past the camera at the JFK hub.

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JetBlue begins operations at Worcester

JetBlue Airways (New York) yesterday (November 7) began flying from the Worcester Regional Airport to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando, as the airline continues to grow its foothold in New England. JetBlue now offers 256 daily flights in and out of New England and is the exclusive commercial airline to operate at the Central Massachusetts facility.

JetBlue’s schedule between Worcester (ORH) and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) effective November 7, 2013:

ORH to FLL: FLL to ORH:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
4:25 p.m. – 7:39 p.m. 7:32 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

JetBlue’s schedule between Worcester (ORH) and Orlando (MCO) effective November 7, 2013*:

ORH to MCO: MCO to ORH:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
7:30 a.m. – 10:33 a.m. 1:00 p.m. – 3:38 p.m.

*= First flight from Orlando to Worcester is scheduled for November 7, 2013. First flight from Worcester to Orlando is scheduled for November 8.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N353JB (msn 19000576) (Barcode) banks on its final approach into Reagan National Airport in Washington.

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JetBlue becomes the first U.S. airline to implement personal electronic devices from gate to gate

JetBlue Airways (New York) received approval for gate-to-gate personal electronic device (PED) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at 4:15 p.m. ET on November 1, and implemented the policy immediately. The very first commercial flight of any U.S. airline to allow gate-to-gate PED use was JetBlue’s flight 2302 from New York’s JFK to Buffalo, scheduled departure time 4:30 p.m. All JetBlue customers were immediately allowed to start using personal electronic devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, on all flights.

Prior to the new policy, customers had to turn off and stow all electronic devices during taxi, takeoff, landing and when the aircraft was below 10,000 feet. The new policy allows JetBlue customers to use smart phones, tablets, games and other smaller electronic devices at any time during taxi, takeoff and during flight, unless otherwise instructed by a crew member. Laptops must be stowed for taxi, takeoff and landing.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N586JB (msn 2160)  in the special “I Love NY” scheme arrives at Washington (Reagan National).

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The FAA relaxes its rules on electronic devices below 10,000 feet, JetBlue files to be the first airline

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (Washington) today (October 31) relaxed its rules (finally) on the passenger use of electronic devices below 10,000 feet. The decision to use these devices will still be left to the individual airlines and their ability to prove the use can be safely operated. The FAA will no longer prohibit electronic devices such as e-readers and games. Cell phone usage will still be prohibited during the entire flight.

The change reflects the recommendations of a 28-member panel that reported on September 30.

The FAA issued this statement:

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta today announced that the FAA has determined that airlines can safely expand passenger use of Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) during all phases of flight, and is immediately providing the airlines with implementation guidance.

Due to differences among fleets and operations, the implementation will vary among airlines, but the agency expects many carriers will prove to the FAA that their planes allow passengers to safely use their devices in airplane mode, gate-to-gate, by the end of the year.

The FAA based its decision on input from a group of experts that included representatives from the airlines, aviation manufacturers, passengers, pilots, flight attendants, and the mobile technology industry.

Passengers will eventually be able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos on their devices during all phases of flight, with very limited exceptions. Electronic items, books and magazines, must be held or put in the seat back pocket during the actual takeoff and landing roll. Cell phones should be in airplane mode or with cellular service disabled – i.e., no signal bars displayed—and cannot be used for voice communications based on FCC regulations that prohibit any airborne calls using cell phones.    If your air carrier provides Wi-Fi service during flight, you may use those services.  You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.

“We believe today’s decision honors both our commitment to safety and consumer’s increasing desire to use their electronic devices during all phases of their flights,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These guidelines reflect input from passengers, pilots, manufacturers, and flight attendants, and I look forward to seeing airlines implement these much anticipated guidelines in the near future.”

“I commend the dedication and excellent work of all the experts who spent the past year working together to give us a solid report so we can now move forward with a safety-based decision on when passengers can use PEDs on airplanes,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

The PED Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) concluded most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference signals from PEDs. In a recent report, they recommended that the FAA provide airlines with new procedures to assess if their airplanes can tolerate radio interference from PEDs. Once an airline verifies the tolerance of its fleet, it can allow passengers to use handheld, lightweight electronic devices – such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones—at all altitudes. In rare instances of low-visibility, the crew will instruct passengers to turn off their devices during landing. The group also recommended that heavier devices should be safely stowed under seats or in overhead bins during takeoff and landing.

The FAA is streamlining the approval of expanded PED use by giving airlines updated, clearguidance. This FAA tool will help airlines assess the risks of potential PED-induced avionics problems for their airplanes and specific operations. Airlines will evaluate avionics as well as changes to stowage rules and passenger announcements. Each airline will also need to revise manuals, checklists for crewmember training materials, carry-on baggage programs and passenger briefings before expanding use of PEDs. Each airline will determine how and when they will allow passengers broader use of PEDs.

The FAA did not consider changing the regulations regarding the use of cell phones for voice communications during flight because the issue is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The ARC did recommend that the FAA consult with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to review its current rules. Cell phones differ from most PEDs in that they are designed to send out signals strong enough to be received at great distances

Top Things Passengers Should Know about Expanded Use of PEDs on Airplanes:

1. Make safety your first priority.

2.  Changes to PED policies will not happen immediately and will vary by airline. Check with your airline to see if and when you can use your PED.

3.  Current PED policies remain in effect until an airline completes a safety assessment, gets FAA approval, and changes its PED policy.

4. Cell phones may not be used for voice communications.

5.  Devices must be used in airplane mode or with the cellular connection disabled. You may use the WiFi connection on your device if the plane has an installed WiFi system and the airline allows its use.  You can also continue to use short-range Bluetooth accessories, like wireless keyboards.

6. Properly stow heavier devices under seats or in the overhead bins during takeoff and landing. These items could impede evacuation of an aircraft or may injure you or someone else in the event of turbulence or an accident.

7. During the safety briefing, put down electronic devices, books and newspapers and listen to the crewmember’s instructions.

8.  It only takes a few minutes to secure items according to the crew’s instructions during takeoff and landing.

9.  In some instances of low visibility – about one percent of flights – some landing systems may not be proved PED tolerant, so you may be asked to turn off your device.

10. Always follow crew instructions and immediately turn off your device if asked.

Current FAA regulations require an aircraft operator to determine that radio frequency interference from PEDs is not a flight safety risk before the operator authorizes them for use during certain phases of flight. Even PEDs that do not intentionally transmit signals can emit unintentional radio energy. This energy may affect aircraft safety because the signals can occur at the same frequencies used by the plane’s highly sensitive communications, navigation, flight control and electronic equipment. An airline must show it can prevent potential interference that could pose a safety hazard. The PED ARC report helps the FAA to guide airlines through determining that they can safely allow widespread use of PEDs.

The PED ARC began work in January, at the request of Administrator Huerta, to determine if it is safe to allow more widespread use of electronic devices in today’s aircraft.  The group also reviewed the public’s comments in response to an August 2012 FAA notice on current policy, guidance, and procedures that aircraft operators use when determining if passengers can use PEDs. The group did not consider the use of electronic devices for voice communications. A fact sheet on the report is available at http://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/

The FAA is immediately giving airlines a clear path to safely expand PED use by passengers, and the Administrator will evaluate the rest of the ARC’s longer-term recommendations and respond at a later date.

A Portable Electronic Device is any piece of lightweight, electrically-powered equipment. These devices are typically consumer electronic devices capable of communications, data processing and/or utility.  Examples range from handheld, lightweight electronic devices such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones to small devices such as MP3 players and electronic toys.

Meanwhile has just issued this statement:

JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today announced that it has begun the process with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in order to become the first airline to allow customers to use personal electronic devices during all phases of flight.  The FAA endorsed the findings of a cross-industry panel of experts that recommended a certification path for airlines that maintains safety.

Currently, customers must turn off and stow all electronic devices during taxi, takeoff, landing and when the aircraft is below 10,000 feet. The new policy will allow JetBlue customers to use smart phones, tablets, games and other smaller electronic devices at any time during taxi, takeoff and during flight, unless otherwise instructed by a crewmember.

“The rules have caught up with today’s technology,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue chief commercial officer. “This new policy vastly improves our customers’ experience, and giving everyone a chance to be more connected is good for business. We intend to be the first commercial airline in the United States to allow gate-to-gate use of personal electronics devices. To support that goal, we began the certification process with the FAA today.”

JetBlue A320 Captain Charles (Chuck) Cook, manager fleet programs and technology, led a subcommittee of the FAA’s Personal Electronic Devices Aviation Rulemaking Committee (PED ARC), which issued recommendations to the FAA to allow more liberal electronics use while maintaining flight safety.

“This is a landmark report that has been thoroughly discussed by experts from all of the appropriate areas of the industry,” Captain Cook said. “Ultimately, we want our crewmembers to focus on safety and customer service, and not to have a role in determining which devices should or should not be used. We believe the recommendations we put forth meet these goals.”

“Safety is always the first priority,” Mr. Hayes added. “We applaud the FAA in chartering the PED committee and bringing the experts together to determine the best way to allow the expansion of PED use without compromising safety.”

Once approved by the FAA, JetBlue will begin allowing gate-to-gate personal electronics use. Airline customers are reminded to pay attention to inflight crewmember instructions at all times, including what should be stowed and what is safe to use during different phases of flight.

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JetBlue adds more international flights from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

JetBlue Airways (New York) continues to grow at its South Florida focus destination of Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood with two new nonstop routes. Beginning on May 1, 2014, JetBlue will fly once a day to Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (a). The two new routes are in addition to the already announced nonstop once-a-day flight to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, also starting May 1, 2014 (a).

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Punta Cana (PUJ) effective May 1, 2014 (a):

FLL to PUJ: PUJ to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
11:20 a.m. – 1:44 p.m. 2:40 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Montego Bay (MBJ) effective May 1, 2014 (a):

FLL to MBJ: MBJ to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
12:47 p.m. – 1:29 p.m. 2:25 p.m. – 5:04 p.m.

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Port of Spain (POS) effective May 1, 2014 (a):

FLL to POS: POS to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
7:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m. – 3:54 p.m.

(a) Flights subject to receipt of government approvals.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N645JB (msn 2900) in the special “Jetting to T5″ markings departs from runway 27R at FLL.

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JetBlue adjusts its fleet plans to larger planes, reports a 3Q net profit of $71 million

JetBlue Airways Corporation (JetBlue Airways) (New York) today announced plans to optimize its fleet, including:

  • Deferral of 24 Embraer ERJ 190 aircraft from 2014-2018 to 2020-2022, reducing capital expenditures over the near term.
  • Conversion of 18 Airbus A320 positions to A321s, better matching capacity with growing network demand in key markets while reducing unit costs.
  • An incremental order for 15 A321ceo and 20 A321neo aircraft, providing increased fleet flexibility and offering up to 15 percent in fuel burn savings.
  • Sharklet retrofit of up to 110 Airbus A320s in current fleet beginning in 2015.

“We believe these fleet changes will provide increased ability to match capacity and demand throughout our network and reduce costs, leading to improved shareholder returns over the long term,” said JetBlue President and CEO Dave Barger.

As a result of the fleet adjustments noted above, JetBlue will optimize its Embraer ERJ 190 fleet to approximately 60 aircraft in the near term.

“While the E190 is critical to our continued success in Boston and San Juan, we are now at the point where our network growth calls for larger gauge aircraft,” Mr. Barger said.  “In addition to allowing us to more cost-effectively serve certain high density markets, we believe our fleet restructuring plan will allow us to accelerate attractive growth opportunities at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.”

JetBlue has converted 18 A320s to A321s.  The A321 is expected to have unit costs 10 to 15 percent lower than those of the A320 aircraft it will replace, driven in part by a 10 to 15 percent improvement in fuel consumption per seat. “With significant savings from increased fuel efficiency and better utilization of our airport slot portfolio in key markets, we believe these A321 aircraft will improve our company’s profitability,” Mr. Barger said.

The fleet changes announced today will enable JetBlue to add 15 incremental A321ceo aircraft to its fleet by 2017, while deferring 24 E190 aircraft.  “With today’s announcement, we are reducing our capital commitments through the next three years, which is consistent with our free cash flow and return on invested capital goals,” said JetBlue Chief Financial Officer Mark Powers.

In addition, JetBlue has placed an order for 20 A321neo aircraft for delivery beginning in 2018.  Fuel savings associated with the new engine option A320 family is forecast to be approximately 12 to 15 percent compared to the current engine option A320 family.

JetBlue expects to retrofit up to 110 Airbus A320s in its existing fleet with sharklets beginning in 2015.  Sharklets are expected to reduce fuel consumption by up to three percent.

Estimated Aircraft Delivery Schedule (2013-2022):

4Q13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
A320ceo (former order) - - - 3 8 - - - - -
A320ceo (current order) - - - 3 - - - - - -
A320ceo change - - - - (8) - - - - -
A320neo (former order) - - - - - 10 10 10 10 -
A320neo (current order) - - - - - 5 - 9 16 -
A320neo change - - - - - (5) (10) (1) 6 -
A321ceo (former order) 4 9 10 7 - - - - - -
A321ceo (cur order)* 4 9 12 12 15 1 - - - -
A321ceo change - - 2 5 15 1 - - - -
A321neo (former order) - - - - - - - - - -
A321neo (cur order)** - - - - - 9 15 6 - -
A321neo change - - - - - 9 15 6 - -
E190 (former order) 1 1 7 8 5 3 - - - -
E190 (current order) 1 - - - - - - 10 7 7
E190 change - (1) (7) (8) (5) (3) - 10 7 7
Total fleet change - (1) (5) (3) 2 2 5 15 13 7

*   JetBlue converted 8 A320ceo positions to A321ceo positions including 7 in 2017 and 1 in 2018
**  JetBlue converted 10 A320neo positions to A321neo positions including 5 in 2018 and 5 in 2019

On the financial side, the company issued this report:

JetBlue Airways Corporation today reported its results for the third quarter 2013:

  • Operating income for the quarter was $152 million, resulting in a 10.5% operating margin.  This compares to operating income of $113 million and an 8.6% operating margin in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Pre-tax income for the quarter was $119 million.  This compares to pre-tax income of $73 million in the third quarter of 2012.
  • Net income for the third quarter was $71 million, or $0.21 per diluted share.  This compares to JetBlue’s third quarter 2012 net income of $45 million, or $0.14 per diluted share.

“We are pleased to report our highest ever quarterly earnings and our fourteenth consecutive quarter of profitability,” said Dave Barger, JetBlue’s CEO.  “These results reflect the success of our network strategy in high value geography and our focus on offering customers a differentiated product while maintaining competitive costs.  I would like to thank our 15,000 crewmembers for their hard work and continued dedication to serving our 30 million customers.”

Operational Performance

JetBlue reported record third quarter operating revenues of $1.4 billion.  Revenue passenger miles for the third quarter increased 5.4% to 9.56 billion on a capacity increase of 5.1%, resulting in a third quarter load factor of 85.0%, an increase of 0.2 points year over year.

Yield per passenger mile in the third quarter was 13.83 cents, up 5.1% compared to the third quarter of 2012.  Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the third quarter 2013 increased 5.4% year over year to 11.75 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increased 5.0% year over year to 12.82 cents.

“Our record revenue results demonstrate the strength of our network in our hometown of New York and throughout the rest of our core network,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s Chief Commercial Officer. “We are also very pleased with the success of our focused growth strategy in Boston, Fort Lauderdale and the Caribbean & Latin America. The combination of our strong brand and unique JetBlue Experience once again allowed JetBlue to generate a revenue premium versus our competitors in many of our key markets.”

Operating expenses for the quarter increased 8.1%, or $95 million, over the prior year period.  JetBlue’s operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the third quarter increased 2.8% year over year to 11.47 cents.  Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM increased 4.9% to 6.95 cents.

Fuel Expense and Hedging

JetBlue continued to hedge fuel to manage price volatility.  During the third quarter JetBlue hedged approximately 29% of its fuel consumption and managed approximately 14% of its fuel consumption using fixed forward price agreements (FFPs), resulting in a realized fuel price of $3.14 per gallon, a 1.1% decrease over third quarter 2012 realized fuel price of $3.17.  JetBlue recorded $3 million in losses on fuel hedges that settled during the third quarter.

JetBlue has managed approximately 39% of its fourth quarter projected fuel requirements using a combination of FFPs, collars, swaps and call options.  Based on the fuel curve as of October 24th, JetBlue expects an average price per gallon of fuel, including the impact of hedges, FFPs and fuel taxes, of $3.03 in the fourth quarter.

Balance Sheet Update

JetBlue ended the third quarter with approximately $954 million in unrestricted cash and short term investments.  In addition, JetBlue maintains a $200 million line of credit and a revolving credit facility for up to $350 million.

“We remain focused on strengthening the balance sheet,” said Mark Powers, JetBlue’s Chief Financial Officer.  “We believe strong cash from operations will allow us to continue to grow sustainably as we increase our asset base and continue paying down debt, enhancing long term shareholder value.”

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Outlook

For the fourth quarter of 2013, CASM is expected to be between negative 1.0% and positive 1.0% compared to the year-ago period.  Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM in the fourth quarter is expected to be between negative 0.5% and positive 1.5% year over year.

CASM for the full year is expected to increase between 1.0% and 3.0% over full year 2012.  Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM in 2013 is expected to increase between 2.5% and 4.5% year over year.

Capacity is expected to increase between 7.0% and 9.0% in the fourth quarter and to increase between 5.5% and 7.5% for the full year.

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. JetBlue is now capping its Embraer ERJ 190 at around 60 aircraft. ERJ 190-100 IGW N203JB (man 19000023) in the Bubbles tail motif climbs away from the runway at the New York (JFK) hub.

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JetBlue starts service between Hartford and both Fort Myers and Tampa

JetBlue Airways (New York) today launched new nonstop flights from Hartford Bradley International Airport to both Fort Myers and Tampa.

JetBlue will serve eight airports in New England: Boston, Burlington, Hartford, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Portland and Providence, with new service to Worcester, starting November 7.  Hartford service will peak in December 2013 at 10 daily departures from Hartford Bradley to six destinations. Service on the Hartford-Fort Myers route is seasonal.

JetBlue’s schedule between Hartford (BDL) and Fort Myers (RSW), effective October 27, 2013:

BDL to RSW: RSW to BDL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
11:55 a.m. – 3:12 p.m. 3:53 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

JetBlue’s schedule between Hartford (BDL) and Tampa (TPA), effective October 27, 2013:

BDL to TPA: TPA to BDL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
9:10 a.m. – 12:22 p.m. 12:25 p.m. – 3:07 p.m.

Copyright Photo: Eddie Maloney/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N526JL (msn 1546) lands at Las Vegas.

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JetBlue Airways unveils a special FDNY logojet today in New York

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JetBlue Airways (New York) unveiled a new special Airbus A320 logojet today dedicated to New York’s Fire Department (FDNY) which terribly lost many of its employees during the attacks of September 11 and today serves all five boroughs of New York City. The unveiling will reportedly include a low fly-by down the Hudson River before landing at New York (JFK) around 1000 EDT.

The aircraft in the new FDNY livery is Airbus A320-232 N615JB (msn 2461).

The airline issued this press release:

JETBLUE AIRWAYS BLUE BRAVEST

JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline™ today revealed ‘Blue Bravest,’ an aircraft honoring the New York City Fire Department and the FDNY Foundation. This special aircraft, adorned with the FDNY shield, will join JetBlue’s fleet flying throughout the airline’s network, currently 79 cities and growing. ‘Blue Bravest’ joins JetBlue’s exclusive legion of partnership aircraft celebrating organizations including the New York Jets, Boston Red Sox and New York State Tourism – I Love New York.

JetBlue is the only major airline actually based in New York. As such, the airline is supportive of its hometown firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics. This unique livery will support the FDNY Foundation and showcase JetBlue’s pride for its hometown heroes. The airline supports the FDNY Foundation in its mission to raise awareness and promote fire safety and professional development, training, and education for members of the FDNY.

“We are New York’s Hometown Airline, we not only work here, we live here too,” said Dave Barger, president and CEO of JetBlue Airways. “On a daily basis we see the hard work of firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians who help keep our city safe. We appreciate their dedication and are excited to support our hometown heroes in a very JetBlue way. We’ve substituted our namesake blue and painted this airplane red, a special honor just for the FDNY Foundation.”

Dave Barger and FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano revealed this aircraft to JetBlue crewmembers, friends and family and FDNY personnel on October 23 at JetBlue’s JFK Hangar. The aircraft flew directly to New York from Roswell, N.M. where it received its new makeover. Once in the Big Apple, the plane did a low-altitude fly-by over the Hudson River at sunrise giving New Yorker’s the first glimpse of this aircraft dedicated to the FDNY Foundation.

“JetBlue has shown they are true friends of the Department through their generous support of the FDNY Foundation and active partners in our mission to keep New Yorkers safe from fire,” said Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano. “Now, with this incredible aircraft, JetBlue has created an outstanding tribute to the 15,000 members of the FDNY and the life-saving work they perform every single day.”

The FDNY Foundation is the official non-profit organization of the FDNY and helps bring the vital message of fire safety and prevention to all New Yorkers. It also supports the life-saving work of the FDNY through various programs that provide new equipment, training and support for thousands of firefighters and members of the department’s Emergency Medical Service.

JetBlue has a long history of support for the FDNY and its Foundation. Many firefighters transfer skills learned at the FDNY to jobs with JetBlue. Approximately 250 JetBlue crewmembers are retired FDNY members and are currently enjoying second careers with the airline. In 2011, the FDNY honored Dave Barger with the FDNY Foundation Humanitarian Award, an honor for individuals and corporations that provide support to the New York City Fire Department. Last year, JetBlue executives hosted a leadership meeting at the FDNY training facility on Randall’s Island. Senior leaders participated in the “Firefighter for a Day” program where groups participate in drills, followed by a debrief on how FDNY lessons can apply to business life.

Over the past three years, JetBlue has donated $300,000 in financial support and more than 40 round-trip flights for firefighters to travel to other regions to support their peers in firefighting and related efforts. JetBlue has also provided travel support for firefighters in times of need following Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and wildfires in California in 2007 and Arizona in 2013, among other events.

JETBLUE AIRWAYS BLUE BRAVEST

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JetBlue to add Detroit and Detroit-Boston service

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced that Detroit will become its 85th destination in the Americas, with new nonstop flights to Boston Logan Airport beginning on March 10, 2014. Detroit becomes JetBlue’s 51st nonstop destination from Boston and the newest business market served.

JetBlue will serve the Boston-Detroit route three times daily, operated with its 100-seat Embraer 190 aircraft.

JetBlue’s schedule between Boston (BOS) and Detroit (DTW):

BOS to DTW: DTW to BOS:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
7:30 a.m. – 9:49 a.m.

4:00 p.m. – 6:17 p.m.

7:35 p.m. – 9:52 p.m.

6:30 a.m. – 8:16 a.m.

10:30 a.m. – 12:16 p.m.

6:55 p.m. – 8:43 p.m.

- First flight operates daily beginning March 10, 2014 -

 

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N306JB (msn 19000272) in the Harlequin tail design banks on the final “River Approach” at Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

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JetBlue to serve Barbados with daily Airbus A321 flights from New York

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced plans to serve the New York (JFK) to Bridgetown, Barbados route with daily Airbus A321 service, adding up to 580 seats per week each way, starting on December 19, 2013.  Additionally, JetBlue has filed to offer more capacity to Barbados during peak holiday times, including President’s Day and Easter, subject to receipt of government approval.

JetBlue expects to meet peak winter holiday demand by deploying brand new A321 aircraft on the route starting on December 19, 2013.  These aircraft will be fresh from the Airbus factory and will not initially have LiveTV programming (television, movies or radio) available.  As a new aircraft to the JetBlue fleet, the A321 must receive a supplemental type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before JetBlue can install and activate the airline’s signature entertainment on all A321s.  The certification timeline may be impacted by the partial U.S. government shut down.  JetBlue anticipates offering LiveTV’s full suite of entertainment on the first A321 aircraft by April 2014.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The first A321 became N903JB on delivery.

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JetBlue discusses where else it will fly its new Airbus A321

JetBlue Airways (New York) has already announced its intention to operate the new Airbus A321 on trans-con routes starting in 2014. However where else will the airline operate this new larger aircraft? The airline discusses this decision making process in its BlueTales blog:

One of the most popular topics for customers and crew members alike is JetBlue’s network strategy. As an airline that continues to grow, even as other carriers are shrinking, it’s fun to try to guess which city we’ll fly to next – and even more fun to see a new “dot” appear our route map. Will it be a new international destination?  Will it be my hometown?  Will it really surprise me?

The Airbus A321 has been no exception and we’ve been flooded with inquiries about where our newest fleet type fly. We have already shared that the A321s configured with the Mint Experience will fly between JFK/LAX and JFK/SFO, so the only mystery remains with our all-core configuration. Dave Clark, our Director of Schedule Planning, has all the answers – but before we reveal them, he wanted to make sure we have a full understand of what the A321 means for him and his team from a network perspective.

Again, looking at the all-core A321, our new aircraft is host to 190 total seats. This compares with 150 seats on our Airbus A320s and 100 seats on our Embraer 190s. This means the A321 will afford Dave the opportunity to very easily add more seats to any existing departure simply by using our new, larger airplane. But he breaks it down even further for us:

Some markets demand a lot of frequency, meaning the number of departures per day. An example is Boston/Newark which often carriers a large number of business travelers who need a lot flexibility in their schedule. If their business meetings end a couple hours earlier than planned, for example, they want to have other flight options to jump onto. The same is true if their business meetings run late. In these markets, Customers want to always have a flight within reach.

On the other hand, there are some markets that a lot of people want to fly between but the frequency of flights is less important. New York/Orlando is a great example of this kind of market. Most customers traveling between New York and Orlando are doing so for leisure, so they are less concerned about when their flight leaves. Further, they are less likely to change their reservations.

Pop quiz: which one of these markets would be a good candidate for the new, all-core A321?  The answer is New York/Orlando. Dave is able to add more seats to this market with the A321 without adding any new departures.

And the benefits go even further. Because JetBlue flies to the cities our customers want to fly to, we are often constrained by the number of flights we can operate each day. Airports only offer a limited number of “slots” to ensure air traffic flies at manageable levels. For Dave, slots constrain his ability to add new flights and “dots” on the route map when he wants to. But the A321 will help solve this.

Looking again at New York/Orlando, we fly an average of ten flights per day. But we don’t fly ten flights per day because our customers need ten flights per day – we do it because the demand calls for 1,500 seats. With the A321, Dave can substitute two A320 flights, for example, with A321s – flying the same number of seats but on eight fights a day instead of ten. This opens up two “slots” for Dave to use for new cities.

The following chart breaks all this down easily:

So where will it fly?

Dave and his team are still finalizing the plan and adding new markets to the A321 roadmap, but here’s what we know so far:

  • New York (JFK)/Barbados (BGI)
  • New York (JFK)/San Juan (SJU)
  • New York (JFK)/Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL)
  • New York (JFK)/Aruba (AUA)
  • New York (JFK)/Santo Domingo (SDQ)
  • New York (JFK)/Santiago (STI)
  • New York (JFK)/Orlando (MCO)
  • New York (JFK)/Nassau (NAS)
  • New York (JFK)/Las Vegas (LAS)
  • New York (JFK)/Punta Cana (PUJ)
  • New York (JFK)/San Diego (SAN)
  • New York (JFK)/Seattle (SEA)

Note that with everything in network planning, this is scheduled to change!  Stay tuned for additional markets and cities.

More from JetBlue on the new A321:

Stretching 146 feet from nose to tail, the A321 is 23 feet longer than the A320 we have today. Despite its larger size, the A321 isn’t built to fly farther than the A320 (sorry, no Hawaii flights for now!). The real advantage of the A321 is its ability to help us operate more efficiently – with its added seat capacity, the per-seat costs (cost per available seat mile, or “CASM” in airline speak) are lower than our current A320.

For example, on a 1,000 mile trip (roughly the distance from New York to Orlando), with more seats to spread the cost of operating a flight, the A321 CASM is 12% lower than the A320. That can make a big difference in our narrow-margin business.

The A321 also gives us an advantage because we fly in a number of slot-controlled airports, like New York’s JFK. By swapping our 150-seat A320 for a larger A321 at a place like JFK, we can add seats without adding the number of departures.

What do those extra seats mean for the customer experience? Don’t worry, we’re not sacrificing comfort! While other airlines fit 220 or more seats on their A321s, we won’t. Keeping true to our commitment to offer the best seats in the skies, our all-core JetBlue experience A321s will be equipped with 190 seats. That’s right – we’re sacrificing 30+ seats to ensure we maintain the most legroom in coach and overall experience for our customers.

The second configuration, which joins the fleet in the first quarter of 2014, will offer our new, enhanced transcon experience. There will be a total of 143 core experience seats and 16 lie-flat seats, four of which are private suites with a closing door.

We currently have 30 A321s on order. The plan is to take 19 aircraft in the 190-seat all-core JetBlue Experience and 11 in the 159-seat enhanced trans-con configuration. Of course, we will adjust this over time if needed to meet the evolving needs of our business and network strategy.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The first A321, this A321-231 with Sharlets and the new Prism tail design is registered as D-AVZA (msn 5783) for its testing phase at Hamburg (Finkenwerder). The airliner became N903JB on delivery.

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JetBlue announces its 50th destination from Boston: Savannah, Georgia

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announces that Savannah, Georgia will be the 50th nonstop destination for customers in Boston. JetBlue, the largest airline in Boston with up to 121 daily flights, will begin daily nonstop service on Flight 50 between Savannah/Hilton Head and Boston on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

JetBlue’s schedule, operated by 100-seat Embraer 190 aircraft:

Flight 49
Boston (BOS) to Savannah (SAV):
Flight 50
SAV to BOS:
     Departs 11:10 a.m.      Departs 2:25 p.m.
     Arrives 1:46 p.m.      Arrives 4:43 p.m.
All times are local.  Service begins Feb. 13, 2014

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N304JB (msn 19000257) in the Windowpane tail design taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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JetBlue officially unveils its new “Prism” tailfin design

JetBlue Airways (New York) plans to debut the latest tailfin design to join the company’s line-up, Prism. Prism will be featured exclusively on the airline’s Airbus A321 aircraft.

Prism, inspired by the Cubist art movement of the early 20th Century, will join the eight other official JetBlue tailfin designs. It was developed by JetBlue’s award-winning Brand team, led by Lashonne Duncan, brand design manager.

“The challenge was to come up with something that fit the story of our new A321 aircraft,” said Ms. Duncan.  “Some of our A321s will offer JetBlue’s Mint™ service in the lucrative New York – LA and San Francisco markets, while other A321s will offer 190 JetBlue core experience in high-density markets. With so many different perspectives, facets and points of view, we started with a clean sheet of paper and quickly found inspiration in Cubism.”

The Cubist movement was revolutionary in its time, interpreting reality into two-dimensions on canvas, often dissecting and reassembling the image, challenging the audience to look at regular everyday things in a new way.  “That’s how JetBlue looks at the world, and how we continue to reinvent the travel experience for our customers,” Ms. Duncan said. “That ethos continues into our future, with Mint™, our interpretation of the premium coast-to-coast product.”

On September 30, 2013, JetBlue announced product details for Mint™, it’s take on the premium transcontinental product, designed to compete with other airlines’ business class.  JetBlue will offer Mint™ starting June 15, 2014, and on all flights between New York/JFK and Los Angeles by the end of 2014. Mint™ will be offered on all flights between New York/JFK and San Francisco by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

JetBlue first introduced green to its aircraft line-up with the introduction of JetGreen, a special livery celebrating JetBlue’s sponsorship of the New York Jets football team.  Green was limited to that aircraft until the introduction of Prism, and is now part of JetBlue’s permanent palette.

JetBlue received the Corporate Leadership Award in 2009 from AIGA, the professional association for design, for “reimagining the air-travel experience and building its revered brand from a people-centered, value-driven, design-based approach.”

In other news, tickets for the new JetBlue-Emirates code share agreement will go on sale on October 7. JetBlue will place its “B6″ code on all Emirates flights to and from the United States, including the newly inaugurated non-stop Emirates route between New York/JFK and Milan, Italy.  JetBlue intends to file for approval to codeshare on the recently announced Emirates route between Dubai and JetBlue’s focus city in Boston, Massachusetts.

Other tails:

JetBlue Airways Tailfin Designs

     

Prism

A Cubist inspired design that reflects the many incredible facets of our new A321 fleet. New in 2013

Barcode

You can’t quite scan our jets, but barcode sure makes for one beautiful tailfin. Generated in 2010.

Blueberries

What could be better than a healthy snack in our favorite color? Our blueberries-inspired design popped up in 2009.

     

Mosaic

Created in 2005, this tailfin eventually came to inspire the name for the TrueBlue Mosaic program.

Bubbles

We were bubbling with excitement to reveal this design in 2003.

Windowpane

Introduced in 2002, you can spot this pattern on both our stylish crewmembers and our jets.

     

Dots

We crossed our T’s and dotted our tailfin in 2000.

Harlequin

A hidden gem, we found this diamond-studded pattern in 2000.

Stripes

Stripes are always in style. We’ve been wearing them since the very start (2000).

 Special One-of-a-Kind JetBlue Tailfins
     

Boston Red Sox

This design was a homerun with our Boston crewmembers and customers.

We’re the proud official airline of the Boston Red Sox.

NY Jets – “JetGreen”

Blue never looked so good in green.

We’re the proud official airline of the NY Jets.

Building blocks

Some of our best inspiration comes from our very own crew — like Building Blocks, created in 2011 by crewmember Troy Bokosky in Long Beach, CA.

     

10th anniversary

Cheers to 10 years!

NY’s hometown airline™

We’re proud to be NY’s hometown airline™.

100th plane

Celebrating our 100th Airbus 320!

 

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com.

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JetBlue Airways becomes the official airline of the Boston Bruins

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced that is has reached a multi-year agreement to become “The Official Airline of the Boston Bruins” NHL team, in addition to the airline’s role as Official Airline of the Bruins’ home, TD Garden.  The agreement kicks off today (October 2) at historic Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, where JetBlue will host the 2013-2014 Bruins Season Takeoff Rally.

The Season Ticket Rally is free and open to all Bruins fans. Those who attend may enter to win Bruins and JetBlue prizes, including JetBlue travel and TrueBlue points. Bruins fans can register at BostonBruins.com/JetBlue or at the Faneuil Hall rally to “Get Your Boarding Pass” for JetBlue travel and Bruins memorabilia. The event begins at 1:30 p.m.

JetBlue, the largest airline at Boston Logan Airport, will also start service at Worcester Regional Airport on November 7. JetBlue offers more than 100 daily flights in Boston to 49 destinations and employs more than 2,000 crew members in Boston.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. JetBlue’s Airbus A320-232 N605JB (msn 2368) Boston Red Sox special livery taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. JetBlue is also the official airline of the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. As a result, the airline introduced a logojet to honor the relationship. A Boston Bruins logojet is therefore very likely.

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JetBlue Airways introduces Mint, its new trans-con service

JetBlue Airways (New York) has jumped into the trans-continental premium market by introducing Mint. According to the airline, “Mint will offer an unparalleled in-flight experience: the longest lie-flat beds in domestic business class (a) and four private suites among the 16 Mint seats. Mint will start on June 15, 2014.

Mint will feature a pre-departure drink, followed by a cocktail and amuse-bouche once airborne. JetBlue, New York’s Hometown Airline™, has partnered with the popular New York City-based restaurant Saxon + Parole to curate the onboard menu. Mint travelers will customize their meal by choosing among five “comfort food with a twist” offerings, served tapas-style, followed by dessert. Fresh cappuccino and espresso made from the first purposely built cappuccino machine for a U.S. airline will be available throughout the flight.

JetBlue will also be the only U.S. airline to offer customized men’s and women’s amenity kits from partner Birchbox, a global discovery retail company that offers consumers a personalized way to discover, learn about and purchase the best beauty and grooming products from prestigious brands. With an amenity kit designed specifically for JetBlue, loyal customers will receive new favorite products often as these unique kits will be changed several times throughout the year.

JetBlue chose to fully customize the Mint seat, featuring:

  • Fully lie-flat beds up to 6′ 8″ (203cm), averaging the longest in the U.S. domestic business class market (a)
  • The only private suites with closing doors in the American market, four on each flight
  • Seats up to 22.3″ wide, making them the widest seats on average in the U.S. domestic market (a)
  • Air cushions with adjustable firmness
  • Massage function
  • 15-inch flat screen with up to 100 channels of DirecTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio
  • Shoe storage
  • Dual 110 volt power outlets with two USB ports
  • “Wake me for service” indicator, allowing customers to customize their service needs

A refreshed core experience

JetBlue’s brand new Airbus A321 aircraft will also feature an enhanced core product, including a new world-class seat designed to maximize comfort, larger 10.1″ personal screens offering up to 100 channels of DirecTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® radio (d), in-seat power outlets accessible to all customers and a drink holder. As a result of the new next-generation slimmer seat design, customers will enjoy even more living space and the most legroom in coach (e), as well as more comfort.

To add even more to the core experience on New York-Los Angeles/San Francisco flights, JetBlue created the marketplace for all new Airbus A321s, a self-serve station full of snacks, sodas and water for customers to enjoy at their convenience throughout the flight.

The airline’s A321 fleet will also offer free (f) superfast Fly-Fi for all customers, JetBlue’s revolutionary in-air Wi-Fi.

Schedule

JetBlue’s flight 223, departing New York’s JFK Airport to Los Angeles International (LAX) at 9:30 am on June 15, 2014, will be JetBlue’s first flight featuring the Mint experience. By fourth quarter 2014, all seven daily flights between JFK and LAX will offer Mint, as well as the enhanced core experience.

The Mint experience will be introduced on flights between JFK and San Francisco in the fourth quarter of 2014, with all five JFK-SFO flights offering Mint by the end of first quarter 2015.

There will be a dedicated sub-fleet of 11 brand new Airbus A321s initially used for the two core transcontinental routes, each featuring 16 lie-flat seats, four of which are private suites, and 143 JetBlue core experience seats. Additional markets are possible, based on customer response and demand for more service.

Top Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The added green in the new tail design is now explained with the introduction of Mint on the new Airbus A321 (all others by JetBlue Airways).

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JetBlue Airways is set to introduce a new tail fin design with the first Airbus A321

JetBlue Airways (New York-JFK) is getting ready to take delivery of its first Airbus A321. Besides introducing a new upscale cabin for the competitive trans-con routes next year, JetBlue will also introduce a new tail fin design.

The airline has 40 copies on order with 11 aircraft featuring 16 seats in first class which will arrive in the first quarter of 2014.

The carrier will launch the new Airbus A321 on December 19. The first three A321 routes will be from New York (JFK) to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Barbados (Bridgetown) and San Juan.

As announced last month, JetBlue unveiled its new, fully customized lie-flat seat which will be available on the highly popular trans-continental routes next year.

New lie-flat seats are expected to debut in the market on new Airbus A321 aircraft beginning in the second quarter of 2014 on the two most popular nonstop routes in the United States – New York to Los Angeles and New York to San Francisco. In addition, JetBlue will be the first and only airline in the market to offer customers the option of a completely separate single suite seat that includes a closable door for increased privacy.

The new lie-flat seat, created in a partnership with Northern Ireland-based Thompson Aero Seating, will be displayed in a unique 2-1 configuration. Rows 1, 3 and 5 will offer 2-by-2 seating, and rows 2 and 4 will offer private suites, with one seat on each side of the aisle.

The new seats also offer air cushions with adjustable firmness, a massage function, a 15-inch widescreen television featuring the most live entertainment in the skies, and a unique “wake-me-for-service” indicator if the customer chooses to sleep in, putting more control back into the customer’s hands. In addition, JetBlue will refresh the core JetBlue Experience in 2014 which will include a comfortable seat design with movable headrests, a new entertainment system with up to 100 channels of DirecTV® programming on 10.1-inch wide screens, and 110-volt and USB power ports accessible to all customers. And of course, more legroom throughout coach than any other U.S. airline.

JetBlue’s wholly owned subsidiary LiveTV will begin installing Fly-Fi on JetBlue’s fleet by the end of the year, a new high-speed, satellite-based wi-fi product that will offer true broadband speeds and serve as the fastest internet access at altitude.  JetBlue expects to increase frequencies on JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO with new Airbus A321 aircraft next year to offer even more options, convenience and comfort for customers. There will be a dedicated sub-fleet of 11 aircraft initially used for the two core transcontinental routes. Additional markets are possible, based on customer response and demand for more service.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/Airlinersgallery.com. Appearing today taxiing around Finkenwerder Airport in Hamburg, Germany is JetBlue’s first Airbus A321. The pictured A321-231 D-AVZA (msn 5783) with a tail design that now includes green, will become N903JB on delivery.

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JetBlue Airways brings in the pigeons!

JetBlue Airways (New York) is launching a new advertising and marketing campaign that showcases the struggle of today’s air traveler by giving a voice to the most overlooked and underappreciated fliers of all – pigeons. In a campaign called “Air on the Side of Humanity,” JetBlue spotlights its core brand difference with competing airlines: its award-winning focus on the customer.

In the campaign, created in partnership with ad agency Mullen, JetBlue shows the plight of the ultimate frequent flier – the pigeon – in documentary style videos seen here that draw a playful comparison of how people are treated on other airlines today with the more respectful way that customers are treated on JetBlue. The pigeon flies in crowded spaces, gets crumbs for snacks and is generally ignored.

By contrast, JetBlue customers get the most legroom in coach, unlimited free snacks and friendly service from an airline that has won a JD Power Award for Customer Service nine consecutive years.

Debuting in the Boston market, where JetBlue has the most daily nonstop flights of any carrier, the 360-degree campaign includes TV commercials, online advertising, microsites, mobile, social, experiential and out-of-home advertising. The media plan includes TV spots running in 39 prime-time season premieres, with intensive ‘roadblocks’ planned on NBC and CBS on September 26, and first-to-market executions with Boston.com takeovers, branded train takeovers, and a subway media flipbook that appears as commuters travel on the MBTA.

JetBlue is launching an extensive campaign in New York, where the airline was born. The campaign will blanket the entire New York area, from bus shelters and atop taxis to leading web sites like ESPN.com and Hulu. The New York Hometown message will permeate life in New York, from the airline’s New York Jets sponsorship to New York subways, The New York Post and mobile phones.

To attract customers on-the-go, JetBlue is also partnering with Mobile Theory on a unique voice activation unit that will teach consumers how to speak pigeon on their smartphones. To extend reach to the online video audience, JetBlue will leverage partnerships with Hulu and CBS Interactive to mirror the TV premieres.

In addition, a digital experience and social hub, Central Perch, has been created to invite users to send friends social messages through a carrier pigeon that delivers custom messages to their Facebook message inbox. Users also will be able to watch the TV spots and navigate the site to educate themselves on JetBlue’s unique customer service offerings.

The multi-channel nature of this campaign enables JetBlue to engage its customers in a fresh, witty way, while maintaining our promise to restore humanity to air travel.

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JetBlue Airways to fly from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood to Port of Spain, Trinidad

JetBlue Airways (New YorK) today announced the intent to begin service to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (POS) with once daily nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Service is set to begin on May 1, 2014. The airline will also begin once-daily nonstop service to POS from New York’s JFK International Airport starting on February 24, 2014. These flights are subject to receipt of government operating authority.

Destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean now make up almost one-third of JetBlue’s route network. In the Caribbean, JetBlue is the largest carrier in terms of capacity in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, offering more flights than any other carrier. JetBlue serves 27 Latin American and Caribbean destinations, including: Aruba; The Bahamas (Nassau); Barbados; Bermuda; Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman); Colombia (Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena); Costa Rica (Liberia and San Jose); Dominican Republic (La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Samana, Santiago and Santo Domingo); Jamaica (Kingston and Montego Bay); Mexico (Cancun); Puerto Rico (Aguadilla, Ponce and San Juan); St. Croix; Saint Lucia; St. Maarten; St. Thomas; and, Turks and Caicos (Providenciales). The airline will also begin service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti this winter, subject to receipt of government approval.

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale and Port of Spain:

FLL to POS: POS to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
7:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 11:45 a.m. – 3:54 p.m.
- First flight operates daily beginning May 1 , 2014 (a) — All times local -

JetBlue’s flights from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and JFK to Port of Spain will be operated with its Airbus A320 fleet with seating for 150.

In addition, JetBlue will also launch twice-daily nonstop service between Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), convenient to both Georgia and South Carolina, and New York (JFK) on February 13, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N585JB (msn 2159) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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JetBlue and Aviation Technical Services sign an agreement to install Wi-Fi connectivity on 130 Airbus A320s

JetBlue Airways (New York) has signed a contract with Aviation Technical Services (ATS) for the Washington state-based company to install super-fast next-generation Ka-band satellite Wi-Fi technology on JetBlue’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.

The agreement covers up to 130 A320 aircraft at ATS’s maintenance facility in Everett, Washington. Additional Ka-band installations will be accomplished at JetBlue’s LiveTV subsidiary in Orlando. The technology was designed by LiveTV, which will be conducting training and technical support to ATS to ensure a quality installation. All Airbus A320 installations are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Fly-Fi, JetBlue’s brand for wireless inflight internet, will use satellite-based connectivity, while most other carriers use ground-based systems, known as Ku-band. Subsequently, JetBlue’s Fly-Fi system is expected to be significantly faster than others.

Ka-band is the next generation of high-bandwidth satellite technology, with eight times more bandwidth than Ku-band. Ka-band satellites are better suited to support high-throughput capacity that cannot be met by more congested Ku-band frequencies. Ka-band also allows smaller end-user antennas.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N566JB (msn 2042) in the Bubbles scheme arrives at Long Beach.

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JetBlue Airways receives FAA approval for its new Airbus A320 Ka-band system, ushering in a new generation for LiveTV online services

JetBlue Airways (New York) has been granted a FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for its new Airbus A320 for a new inflight connectivity and streaming entertainment system. FAA approval was needed before JetBlue could begin installing “Fly-Fi” on its its A320 fleet. In fact, aircraft N804JB on which the first system was installed, has been out of service following some test flights. JetBlue’s subsidiary, LiveTV, has issued this statement:

LiveTV, a wholly owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways, has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Airbus A320 aircraft from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the first-of-its-kind Ka-band system, a satellite-based inflight connectivity and streaming entertainment solution, paving the road for next generation commercial inflight broadband. LiveTV provides system design, certification, installation and turnkey support services including line maintenance to airline customers and expects to roll out this product on three additional aircraft types by the end of the year.

“This is game-changing technology, and JetBlue is honored to be the first airline to offer this great new service to our customers,” said Robin Hayes, chief commercial officer for JetBlue. “We expect to have a number of JetBlue aircraft installed with Wi-Fi by the end of this year, and will aggressively roll it out across our Airbus fleet over the next 18 months, followed by our Embraer fleet. We believe this product will redefine customer expectations with the fastest in-flight Wi-Fi in the industry. This is especially important to our customers on coast-to-coast flights, where time spent in the air can now be as productive as on the ground.”

The satellite-based Wi-Fi system has completed testing on the initial Airbus A320 aircraft for JetBlue and is currently being certified for United Airlines’ Boeing 737-900 aircraft. LiveTV has also initiated European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the Ka-band system for the Aer Lingus Airbus A320 fleet. In addition to superfast Wi-Fi, LiveTV offers its airline customers a customizable portal and an on-board streaming content server as part of the system.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N599JB (msn 2336) in the Barcode motif climbs away from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

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JetBlue Airways and British Airways start interlining, becomes the 25th partner for JetBlue

JetBlue Airways (New York) and British Airways (London) have announced an interline agreement to connect the carriers’ networks at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), creating new possibilities for travelers.

This marks the first partnership between JetBlue and British Airways, and the 25th airline agreement for JetBlue. The carriers initially plan to interline on 18 daily trans-Atlantic British Airways flights, more than 50 U.S routes on the JetBlue network and more than 100 British Airways routes beyond London. British Airways’ intercontinental routes that are part of the interline agreement include Boston-London Heathrow (LHR), New York/JFK-London City Airport (LCY), New York/JFK- London Heathrow (LHR), New York/JFK-Paris Orly (ORY), Orlando-London Gatwick (LGW) and Washington/Dulles-London Heathrow (LHR). Tickets can be purchased through British Airways.

Customers will be able to enjoy access to a variety of British Airways destinations beyond London, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India, as well as non-stop access to Paris Orly Airport from New York. Meanwhile, British Airways customers can now book onward tickets to new U.S. destinations such as Burlington, Vermont (BTV); Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts (MVY); Nantucket, Massachusetts (ACK); and Portland, Maine (PWM).

At JFK Airport British Airways operates from Terminal 7.  JetBlue operates from nearby Terminal 5, a quick ride away on the airport’s free AirTrain service.

At Boston Airport, where JetBlue is the largest carrier and offers nonstop service to 49 cities, more than any other airline, British Airways operates from Terminal E, while JetBlue operates from nearby Terminal C.

At Orlando, where JetBlue operates numerous routes to the Caribbean and Latin America, British Airways operates from Terminal B and JetBlue from Terminal A.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N645JB (msn 2900) in the Harlequin tail design lands at the focus city of Long Beach, California.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. British Airways’ Boeing 777-336 ER G-STBA (msn 40542) arrives at the London (Heathrow) hub.

JetBlue Airways announces “Bags VIP”, a new bag concierge service

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced Bags VIP, a new concierge service option, provided in partnership with Bags, Inc. This service provides hand-delivery of a customer’s checked luggage from the arrival airport to any doorstep at their destination for a minimal fee. The option is available seven days a week, including holidays.

Starting today, customers can place an order online for the Bags VIP service up to one hour prior to departure from all JetBlue domestic airports, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and select pre-cleared international airports arriving into Boston, Orlando and New York’s JFK airport.

For a limited time, pricing starts at $25 for the delivery of one bag, $35 for two and $40 for up to ten bags to a hotel, business, residential address or anywhere the customer chooses within a 40-mile radius of the airport.

Customers will receive an email with a confirmation number once the order has been finalized. Next, the customer checks their baggage upon arrival at the airport. A JetBlue crew member will apply a Bags VIP tag to identify the luggage. At the final destination, the customer can bypass baggage claim and go about their business. Their bags will be retrieved directly from baggage claim by a Bags VIP representative using the applied tag and customer provided information. Delivery will take place within four hours of flight arrival to locations within 40 miles of the airport and within six hours to locations 41-100 miles from the airport. Residential delivery times can also be scheduled in advance to accommodate the customer’s need.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N510JB (msn 1280) in the Dots design departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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JetBlue to introduce the new Airbus A321 on December 19

JetBlue A321-200 (05-Mosaic)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

JetBlue Airways (New York) has opened reservations for the launch of new Airbus A321 service starting on December 19. The first three A321 routes will be from New York (JFK) to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Barbados (Bridgetown) and San Juan per Airline Route.

The airline issued this statement today:

JetBlue Airways today unveiled its new, fully customized lie-flat seat which will be available on highly popular transcontinental routes next year.  Just as JetBlue reinvented coach service, the airline is committed to reinventing the transcontinental experience by adding service, comfort and amenities at an affordable price that is expected to stimulate market demand.

New lie-flat seats are expected to debut in the market on new Airbus A321 aircraft beginning in the second quarter of 2014 on the two most popular nonstop routes in the United States – New York to Los Angeles and New York to San Francisco. In addition, JetBlue will be the first and only airline in the market to offer customers the option of a completely separate single suite seat that includes a closable door for increased privacy.

The new lie-flat seat, created in a partnership with Northern Ireland-based Thompson Aero Seating, will be displayed in a unique 2-1 configuration. Rows 1, 3 and 5 will offer 2-by-2 seating, and rows 2 and 4 will offer private suites, with one seat on each side of the aisle.

The new seats also offer air cushions with adjustable firmness, a massage function, a 15-inch widescreen television featuring the most live entertainment in the skies, and a unique “wake-me-for-service” indicator if the customer chooses to sleep in, putting more control back into the customer’s hands. In addition, JetBlue will refresh the core JetBlue Experience in 2014 which will include a comfortable seat design with movable headrests, a new entertainment system with up to 100 channels of DirecTV® programming on 10.1-inch wide screens, and 110-volt and USB power ports accessible to all customers. And of course, more legroom throughout coach than any other U.S. airline.

JetBlue’s wholly owned subsidiary LiveTV will begin installing Fly-Fi on JetBlue’s fleet by the end of the year, a new high-speed, satellite-based wi-fi product that will offer true broadband speeds and serve as the fastest internet access at altitude.  “We believe Fly-Fi will be a competitive advantage in the market for JetBlue,” Mr. Barger said. “This is not the slow Wi-Fi you get on other airlines today.  This will be connectivity at speeds you’ve come to expect on the ground.”

JetBlue expects to increase frequencies on JFK-LAX and JFK-SFO with new Airbus A321 aircraft next year to offer even more options, convenience and comfort for customers. There will be a dedicated sub-fleet of 11 aircraft initially used for the two core transcontinental routes. Additional markets are possible, based on customer response and demand for more service.

“We expect to invigorate the market with our competitive price,” Mr. Barger said. “Building on our original strategy of serving the under-served with a unique product and service-focused culture, we believe this new product will be very popular with current coast-to-coast customers, and may motivate new customers to choose JetBlue.” On an industry-wide basis, revenue from the New York JFK-Los Angeles and JFK-San Francisco markets is more than 50% higher than any other route in the United States, as airlines have dedicated more premium seats and charged much higher fares on these routes on a per-mile basis.  There are more than 6,000 passengers each day on the two routes combined, independent Diio data show.

JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 aircraft begin arriving later this year and will have two configurations. The first four aircraft deliveries will offer the core JetBlue Experience throughout the cabin with capacity for 190 customers.  In 2014 additional A321s will be delivered from the Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany, with 16 lie-flat seats, four of which are the private suites, and 143 core JetBlue Experience seats.

JETBLUE AIRWAYS LIE-FLAT SEAT

Image: Airbus and JetBlue Airways.

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