JetBlue Airways (New York) yesterday (October 1) launched two new routes with daily service to its newest destination, Mexico City International Airport (MEX) from Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). As Mexico’s capital and one of the largest markets in the Americas, Mexico City marks JetBlue’s 91st destination in its global network and 35th destination in the Latin America and Caribbean region.
JetBlue continues to grow its footprint in Latin America and the Caribbean. The airline now offers up to 142 daily flights from the U.S. to Latin America and the Caribbean, of which up to 49 daily flights are nonstop from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Orlando International Airport. On November 7, JetBlue will launch service to Antigua and in February 2016, the airline will launch services between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Quito.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N775JB (msn 3800) in the special “JetBlue Honors Our Veterans – Vets in Blue” livery arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
JetBlue Airways (New York) yesterday (June 30) implemented a new fare policy and also ended their “first checked bag free” era for regularly ticketed passengers leaving only Southwest Airlines (Dallas) among U.S. airlines that are not charging for the first checked bag. The goal for the airline is to increase revenue and to offer a varied level of service now embraced by most airlines.
The airline stated:
“When you book a JetBlue flight, you’ll choose from several fare options — Blue, Blue Plus or Blue Flex — based on what’s most valuable to you, such as number of checked bags, bonus points earned and change/cancel fees. No matter which option you select, you’ll get the award-winning JetBlue experience you know and love — the most legroom in coach*, free snacks and soft drinks, free DIRECTV® and SiriusXM® Radio, fast Fly-Fi® and more! Plus, if you’re flying coast-to-coast, our refreshing take on a premium travel experience is ready to get you there in Mint condition.”
The following fares are applicable for reservations on JetBlue after June 30:
The airline continued with their new rules:
TrueBlue Mosaic members. TrueBlue Mosaic members receive free first and second checked bags and any additional bags are $100 each. TrueBlue Mosaic members will not pay the applicable JetBlue change/cancellation fee, only any difference in fare when they change or cancel their JetBlue flight or JetBlue Getaways vacation reservation booked directly with JetBlue. The change/cancel fee will also be waived for any traveler on the same reservation as the Mosaic member; the change/cancel fee for any other traveler not on that same reservation will still apply. TrueBlue Mosaic members will earn an extra three (3) bonus points per dollar spent in addition to the TrueBlue points earned based on the Fare Option selected for flights and six (6) TrueBlue points per dollar spent on JetBlue Getaways. For a list of all of TrueBlue Mosaic benefits click here.
1. For Blue fares, the first checked bag fee is $20 when purchased during web check-in or at a kiosk, or $25 at the check-in counter and the second checked bag is $35. For Blue Plus fares, one checked bag is included and the second checked bag fee is $35. For Blue Flex fares, two checked bags are included. For Blue and Blue Plus fares for flights to or from Santo Domingo, Santiago, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, Kingston, Cartagena, Medellín, Bogota, Lima and Mexico City: one checked bag is included and the second checked bag fee is $35. For Mint fares: two checked bags are included. For all fares, any additional bags are $100 each. All bags are subject to size/weight and other restrictions. Other fees apply for oversized or overweight baggage. See http://www.jetblue.com/travel/baggage/.
2. All Members will earn three (3) Points per dollar spent on any individual flight operated by JetBlue.
3. In addition to the base TrueBlue points earned per dollar, if those JetBlue operated flights are booked directly on http://www.jetblue.com, Members can earn bonus points depending on the fare option selected as follows: Members who have purchased a Blue fare can earn an extra three (3) bonus Points per dollar for a total of six (6) Points per dollar, Members who have purchased a Blue Plus fare can earn an extra four (4) bonus Points per dollar for a total of seven (7) Points per dollar and Members who have purchased a Blue Flex fare can earn an extra five (5) bonus Points per dollar for a total of eight (8) Points per dollar. Members who have purchased a Mint fare can earn an extra three (3) bonus Points per dollar, for a total of six (6) Points per dollar. No bonus Points are earned if JetBlue operated flights are booked by phone or otherwise.
4.All reservations made one week or more prior to a flight’s departure may be cancelled without penalty up to 24 hours after the reservation is made. Changes and cancellations made 60 days or more prior to departure date: Blue : $70 per person fee plus difference in fare. Blue Plus: $60 per person fee plus difference in fare. Blue Flex: difference in fare only. Mint: $75 per person plus any difference in fare for changes for non-stop fares under $950 or connecting fares under $1,350. For all other Mint non-refundable fares, no fee only any difference in fare for changes.
Changes and cancellations made less than 60 days from departure date:
A) for Blue fares under $100, $70 per person plus difference in fare; for Blue fares between $100 and $149.99, $90 per person plus difference in fare; and for Blue fares of $150 or more, $135 per person plus difference in fare;
B) for Blue Plus fares under $100, $60 per person plus difference in fare; for Blue Plus fares between $100 and $149.99, $80 per person plus difference in fare; and for Blue Plus fares of $150 or more, $120 per person plus difference in fare; and
C) for Blue Flex fares, difference in fare only.
D) For Mint fares, for non-stop under $950 and for connecting fares under $1,350, the fee is $150 per person plus difference in fare; for all other Mint fares, difference in fare only.
Additional Change/Cancellation Terms (all fares): For changes, any applicable fare difference will be charged in addition to the change fee and are subject to availability. Cancellations are for a JetBlue flight credit only, valid for a JetBlue flight within 1 year from the date of cancellation. If you do not change/cancel before scheduled departure and you “no show” all money for reservation is forfeited.
5. Available at select airports only and Even More Speed price varies based on airport location.
6. Most legroom in coach based on average fleet-wide seat pitch of U.S. airlines.
7. Fly-Fi® is available on most flights, with more installations underway. Fly-Fi® is not available on flights operating outside of the continental U.S. For flights originating outside of the continental U.S., Fly-Fi® will be available once the aircraft returns to the coverage area.
8. DIRECTV® service is not available on flights outside the continental U.S.; however, where applicable, movies from JetBlue Features are offered complimentary on these routes.
9. Sirius XM Radio® service is not available on flights outside the continental U.S.; however, where applicable, movies from JetBlue Features are offered complimentary on these routes.
10. JetBlue Features premium entertainment on flights longer than two hours.
*Based on average fleet-wide seat pitch for U.S. airlines.
**EatUp® is available on flights longer than two hours. EatUp® Café is available only on flights between New York or Boston and Los Angeles, Long Beach or San Francisco. Available on flights scheduled to depart before 8:59 PM local time.
Top Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N565JB (msn 2031) in the Tartan tail design arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
JetBlue Airways aircraft slide show:
Poll: If you are a regular JetBlue customer will this deter you from flying the airline?
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) on December 17 will add four winter seasonal routes to popular ski areas. From the Chicago O’Hare hub, AA will add American Eagle service to both Aspen (CRJ700) and Montrose (ERJ 175) in Colorado per Airline Route.
On the the same day, AA will add two routes from the Los Angeles hub to both Jackson (Jackson Hole), Wyoming (A319) and also Montrose, Colorado (ERJ 175).
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 N725UW (msn 1135) arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has announced new nonstop jet service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from four cities across the nation beginning on October 2, 2015, including one city new to the Allegiant network.
New routes announced to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood include:
Portsmouth, New Hampshire – October 1, 2015
Akron-Canton, Ohio – October 2, 2015
Rochester, New York – October 9, 2015
Grand Rapids, Michigan – December 16, 2015 through April 2016
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 N872GA (msn 53295) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) painted in the old 2003 livery.
Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has issued its 2014 One Report on the performance of the airline during 2014 including the integration of AirTran Airways:
On the heels of the airline’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders and announcement of expanded international service, Southwest Airlines® released its sixth annual, award-winning integrated report, found at southwestonereport.com. Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly (above and below) shared his thoughts on the 2014 One Report and the carrier’s successful year on his LinkedIn Influencer page.
Kelly said, “I am immensely proud to say that 2014 will go down as one of the most monumental years in Southwest’s history, chock-full of major milestones and historic events—a banner year that we started planning for in 2010 when we laid out our five-year strategic plan. In short, 2014 was epic!
“It marks the end of one era and the dawn of another as the restrictions of the Wright Amendment were lifted*, allowing us to offer additional nonstop service from our home in Dallas. Of equal significance, we spread our wings into international territory and expanded our presence in markets that were once inaccessible to us, like New York City and Washington, D.C.
“We continued our commitment to efficient operations by signing an agreement to purchase low-carbon renewable jet fuel and remained on track with our fleet modernization efforts. I suppose it is only fitting that 2014 culminated with the completion of the AirTran Airways integration, which has been arguably the biggest project in our Company’s history.
“In celebration of all these exciting changes, we introduced a bold, new look with a new livery and logo (below).
The new look is centered around a heart, which serves as our foundation and symbolizes our commitment to remain true to our Core Values and low-fare philosophy as we seek to spread our Hospitality and Reliability to the rest of the world, because without a Heart, it’s just a machine. We accomplished all of this and more in 2014 while returning significant value to our Shareholders, surpassing our financial target of at least 15 percent pre-tax return on invested capital, excluding special items (ROIC); maintaining a job-secure environment for our People; spreading our Hospitality to our communities; and achieving our 42nd consecutive year of profitability—a record that is unmatched in the U.S. airline industry. Further, our common stock (LUV) was the top performer of the S&P 500. Indeed, 2014 was proof positive of our ongoing commitment to the triple bottom line.”
The carrier’s triple bottom line approach takes into account Southwest’s Performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the Planet. The 2014 One Report also features the major headlines of the year, including the launch of international service, the repeal of the Wright Amendment, the integration of AirTran Airways, the airline’s innovative LUVSeat upcycling Program, and the opening of a brand new LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver-certified Training and Operational Support facility in Dallas.
Key highlights that can be found in the 2014 One Report include:
Reported record net income of $1.1 billion
Recognized as the top stock performer of the S&P 500 with a 125 percent increase
Returned $1.1 billion to Shareholders through repurchases of $955 million of common stock (33 million shares) and payment of $139 million in dividends
Reduced long-term debt and capital lease obligations by $261 million, net of debt issuance Completed the integration of AirTran Airways, achieving net pre-tax synergies of approximately $500 million (excluding acquisition and integration expenses)
Transitioned AirTran Airways Employees into Southwest, creating one Family
Allocated the largest total dollar amount ever to the Company’s ProfitSharing Plan
Introduced a multi-year program, Heart of the Community, as part of Southwest’s community outreach in placemaking
In 2014, Southwest donated more than $20 million in corporate monetary, in-kind, and ticket donations to the communities the carrier serves
Reached 26 percent improvement in jet fuel efficiency on revenue ton miles per gallon basis compared with 2005
Decreased absolute greenhouse gas emissions for the second year in a row due to continued improvements in fuel efficiency
Continued renewable energy commitments for a total of more than 50 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy in 2013 and 2014
Ranked first among the four largest U.S. domestic passenger airlines and fourth overall for in-service fuel efficiency, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) report
Based on the Company’s outstanding year in 2014, the airline has again been named to Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List for its commitment to Employees and the communities in which they work and live. Southwest Airlines was named in the top 25 and the only commercial airline to make Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s List, with especially high scores in the following categories:
Southwest’s strong performance in these categories underscores the airline’s commitment to a triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet.
To arrive at Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List, the program audits and ranks Russell 1000 companies across seven corporate and social responsibility initiatives: environmental activity, climate change, human rights, employee relations, corporate governance, philanthropy and financial performance. Corporate Responsibility Magazine collects data on each company, including sending out an extensive questionnaire and asking companies to verify Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s initial report. Learn more about the methodology here.
* Restrictions still apply with respect to destinations beyond the 50 United States or District of Columbia.
Video above: CEO Gary Kelly introduces the 2014 One Report.
Copyright Photo below: Jacques Guillem Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-76N N7733B (msn 32678) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in the new 2014 livery.
Southwest Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery only):
JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced plans for two new routes that will grow its presence in the Baltimore-Washington and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and continue its expansion in its focus cities in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood.
Beginning November 12, JetBlue will operate new once daily service between Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) — the same day JetBlue launches previously announced service between Baltimore/Washington and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood. Within the National Capital Region, JetBlue also operates flights out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
Beginning November 19, JetBlue will operate twice daily service between Philadelphia (PHL) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL). Philadelphia is one of the largest markets JetBlue currently does not serve from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and will play a part in its growth towards 100 daily flights to meet increasing customer demand in South Florida.
JetBlue will serve both routes with its Airbus A320 aircraft.
JetBlue’s Daily Schedule between Baltimore-Washington and Orlando as of November 12, 2015:
BWI – MCO MCO – BWI
11.20 a.m. – 1.56 p.m. 2.42 p.m. – 5.15 p.m.
JetBlue’s Daily Schedule between Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood as of November 19, 2015:
PHL – FLL FLL – PHL
7.30 a.m. – 10.09 a.m. 9.45 a.m. – 12.21 p.m.
1.05 p.m. – 3.50 p.m. 6.30 p.m. – 9.13 p.m.
JetBlue also announced plans to begin flying to Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport, one of the largest markets in the Americas. Mexico City will be JetBlue’s second destination in Mexico and its 35th in the Latin America and Caribbean region, where JetBlue continues to expand its presence as a leading U.S. airline.
Daily service to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) will launch on October 1 from JetBlue’s two focus cities in Florida, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Service from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando to Mexico City will operate in the evening, with flights back to the U.S. from Mexico City offered in the early morning.
JetBlue will serve both routes with its Airbus A320 aircraft.
JetBlue continues to grow its footprint in Latin America and the Caribbean. The airline recently announced plans to serve Quito, Antigua, and Grenada, and to offer its successful Mint experience from New York to Aruba and Barbados on Saturdays between November 7, 2015 and April 30, 2016, and daily between December 19, 2015 and January 4, 2016.
Copyright Photo below: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N746JB (msn 3622) in the special New York Jets motif arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
JetBlue Airways aircraft slide show:
The growing route map from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport:
JetBlue Airways (New York) today (April 30) launched service to its latest destination, Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport (CLE), with twice daily flights from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and daily flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Today, the airline also introduced daily flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood to Detroit’s Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW).
Above Photo: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The JetBlue ticket counter at CLE.
Cleveland is JetBlue’s 88th BlueCity and the 55th nonstop destination from Boston, where it is the largest operating airline. From Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, JetBlue’s growing South Florida focus city, JetBlue now offers 30 nonstop destinations and with these two latest routes, the airline continues to strengthen its position in this key market as it ramps up its schedule to 100 daily flights.
JetBlue’s Schedule between Boston and Cleveland as of April 30, 2015:
BOS – CLE CLE – BOS
6:45 a.m. – 8:47 a.m. 9:29 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
4:15 p.m. – 6:22 p.m. 6:58 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
JetBlue’s Schedule between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood as of April 30, 2015:
FLL – CLE CLE – FLL
8:00 a.m. – 10:49 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 2:18 p.m.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N796JB (msn 5060) prepares to depart from Long Beach.