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JetBlue’s CEO Dave Barger fires back at Wall Street analysts

JetBlue Airways‘ (New York) current CEO, Dave Barger, who succeeded founder David Neeleman, is facing a possible firing by the company’s board of directors. According to this article by Bloomberg Businessweek, Dave came out firing against the Wall Street analysts who have been calling for his ouster with this statement in an interview;

“You want to compare my track record to bankruptcies and layoffs?” asked Barger, referring to the Chapter 11 restructurings of Delta (DAL), United (UAL), and American (AAL) and the subsequent mergers that radically reshaped all three. “Go ahead. I’ll take that comparison.”

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Profile on David Barger (from JetBlue Airways):

David Barger is our Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors. He joined our board in September 2001 and served as our President from August 1998-September 2007. Between 1998 and 2007, Mr. Barger also served as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. From 1992 to 1998, Mr. Barger served in various management positions with Continental Airlines, including Vice President, Newark hub. He held various director level positions at Continental Airlines from 1988 to 1995. From 1982 to 1988, Mr. Barger served in various positions with New York Air, including Director of Stations. Mr. Barger attended the University of Michigan.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N571JB (msn 2125) in the Blueberries motif lands at the focus city of Long Beach.

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JetBlue Airways to start Washington Reagan National-Jacksonville flights on December 18

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced new twice-daily nonstop service from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Jacksonville, Florida (JAX). The new route will launch on December 18, 2014, the same day the airline also introduces new nonstop service from DCA to two other Florida destinations: Fort Myers (RSW) and West Palm Beach (PBI).

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N339JB (msn 19000490) arrives at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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JetBlue Airways to provide iPad minis to its flight attendants

JetBlue iPad Mini (JetBlue)(LRW)

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced it will provide each inflight crewmember with an iPad mini for use as a point of sale and document management device. Crewmembers who will be working Mint flights, JetBlue’s new premium service offering between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) and soon San Francisco (SFO), will be among the first to use this new technology onboard, and by April 2015, every inflight crewmember will have a device for onboard use.

In addition to deploying tablets, the airline is also debuting the In-Flight Service Assistant (IfSA), a purpose-built application and crew portal through which crewmembers can access key business applications to help facilitate the delivery of exceptional customer service and enhance operational efficiency while onboard. JetBlue also plans on releasing other core business applications that will provide Crewmembers with easy access to any forms, manuals and other resources that will streamline its operation and enhance the airline’s award winning service.

“We’ve recently made a number of exciting and innovative onboard enhancements to enrich the customer experience, such as expanding inflight entertainment, introducing Fly-Fitm and being the first US carrier to allow customers to use portable electronic devices gate-to-gate,” said Joanna Geraghty, Executive Vice President, Customer Experience, JetBlue Airways. “It’s clear the connected cabin is the next big thing, and with the introduction of iPad minis, our inflight crewmembers will be able to know more about our customers onboard and will have a better sense of real time opportunities and challenges on the ground as we look for ways to enhance our customers’ experience with that information. With this new tool, the possibilities are endless.”

Currently, JetBlue’s inflight crewmembers can use the IfSA app on their iPads to access an electronic manifest that not only shows if there are customers with special needs onboard, but also identifies TrueBlue and Mosaic customers. The iPads also assist crewmembers in completing onboard purchases as a point of sale device and contains translation technology that can translate questions, comments or concerns from customers in any language.

By December 2015, not only will inflight crewmembers be able to access their schedules, review their hotel and transportation information and acknowledge changes, but the airline can potentially provide them with limited access to customers’ JetBlue flight and onboard purchase history in an effort to personalize the onboard experience for better customer relationship management.

Since the successful implementation of iPads for JetBlue’s pilots as electronic flight bags in November 2013, the iPad mini was subsequently deployed for the inflight crew. Now, both groups can conveniently work together in a connected environment and provide real-time responses to any number of situations that may arise. Additionally, inflight crewmembers will have the ability to preempt or proactively address service recovery issues while onboard.

JetBlue is progressively rolling out Fly-Fi satellite broadband internet service across its fleet. As of today, 61 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft were outfitted with this lightning fast service.

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JetBlue’s flight 704 to New York has a rejected takeoff at San Juan due to an engine fire

JetBlue Airways (New York) has issued this statement:

Flight 704 SJU – JFK (Airbus A321)

186 Customers and 6 Crew

On August 9, flight 704 SJU-JFK had a rejected takeoff at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. We are currently investigating the cause. Customers and Crew were evacuated via slide. No major injuries were reported.

Customers were given the option to be re-accommodated on Flight 8104 SJU – JFK.

From CNN: “A JetBlue Airways flight departing from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was evacuated Saturday evening after one of its engines caught fire, according to a Federal Aviation Administration statement”.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

The aircraft involved is Airbus A321-231 N903JB (msn 5783), delivered new on October 7, 2013.

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JetBlue to launch a nonstop New York JFK-Curacao route on December 2

JetBlue Airways (New York) will launch a new route to Curaçao International Airport (CUR) from JFK International Airport (JFK) on December 2, 2014, providing the only nonstop service from New York. The twice weekly service will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Curaçao, which is part of the ABC islands that also includes Aruba and Bonaire, is considered a hidden gem amongst all Caribbean island destinations, renowned for its diving, beaches and unique architecture. The historic island is already a popular destination for European travelers and its capital, Willemsted, is a UNESCO World Heritage City.

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

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N587JB (msn 2177) in the special “Building Blocks” motif arrives at the New York (JFK) hub.

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JetBlue reports record second quarter earnings

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

Pre-tax income excluding special items1 of $103 million in the second quarter. This compares to pre-tax income of $60 million in the second quarter of 2013.

Gain of $242 million from the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary LiveTV.

On a GAAP basis, pre-tax income of $345 million in the second quarter.

Net income excluding special items for the second quarter was $61 million, or $0.19 per diluted share.

This compares to JetBlue’s second quarter 2013 net income of $36 million, or $0.11 per diluted share.

On a GAAP basis, net income for the second quarter was $230 million, or $0.68 per diluted share.

“Today, we are pleased to report record second quarter earnings and our seventeenth consecutive quarter of profitability,” said Dave Barger, JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer. “We saw improved profitability across our network, reflecting the success of ongoing efforts to adapt our products and services to meet our customers’ ever-changing needs. I would like to thank our 15,500 crewmembers for their dedication to running a safe airline and delivering outstanding service to our customers.”

Operational Performance

JetBlue reported record second quarter operating revenues of $1.5 billion. Revenue passenger miles for the second quarter increased 5.7% to 9.6 billion on a capacity increase of 6.0%, resulting in a second quarter load factor of 84.6%, a decrease of 0.3 points year over year.

Yield per passenger mile in the second quarter was 14.25 cents, up 6.3% compared to the second quarter of 2013. Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the second quarter 2014 increased 6.0% year over year to 12.05 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increased 5.6% year over year to 13.12 cents. The shift of the Easter and Passover holidays from March last year to April this year positively impacted second quarter year over year PRASM by approximately two points.

Operating expenses for the quarter increased 9.8%, or $119 million, over the prior year period. Interest expense for the quarter declined 7.5%, or $3 million, due to JetBlue’s focus on debt reduction. JetBlue’s operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the second quarter increased 3.5% year over year to 11.88 cents. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM2 increased 5.1% to 7.51 cents.

“We improved margin performance while expanding our network, demonstrating the core strength of our business,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s President. “We remain focused on providing a differentiated product and culture in high-value geography while maintaining competitive costs. We believe this focus will drive improved returns for our shareholders.”

Fuel Expense and Hedging

JetBlue continued to hedge fuel to manage price volatility. Specifically, in the second quarter JetBlue had in place hedges for approximately 15% of its fuel consumption and managed approximately 7% of its fuel consumption using fixed forward price agreements (FFPs). This resulted in a realized fuel price of $3.09 per gallon, a 0.9% increase over second quarter 2013 realized fuel price of $3.06. JetBlue recorded $2 million in losses on fuel hedges that settled during the second quarter.

JetBlue has managed approximately 30% of its third quarter projected fuel requirements using a combination of FFPs, jet fuel swaps and caps. Based on the fuel curve as of July 17th, JetBlue expects an average price per gallon of fuel, including the impact of hedges, FFPs and fuel taxes, of $3.08 in the third quarter.

Liquidity and Cash Flow

JetBlue ended the quarter with approximately $797 million in unrestricted cash and short term investments. In addition, JetBlue maintains $550 million in lines of credit.

During the second quarter, JetBlue repaid approximately $44 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations. In addition, JetBlue pre-paid approximately $300 million in debt with the proceeds from the sale of LiveTV. JetBlue plans to repay approximately $185 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations in the remainder of 2014, including approximately $58 million in the third quarter.

“We continued to strengthen the balance sheet by paying down debt while enhancing access to liquidity by increasing the number of unencumbered aircraft,” said Mark Powers, JetBlue’s Chief Financial Officer. “We believe these actions will help us maintain a relatively flat invested capital base this year while growing assets, which we expect will help us meet our return on invested capital goal.”

Third Quarter and Full Year Outlook

For the third quarter of 2014, CASM is expected to increase between 0.5% and 2.5% versus the year-ago period. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM in the third quarter is expected to increase between 1.0% and 3.0% 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 2.5% and 4.5% year over year. Relative to JetBlue’s previous cost outlook, this full year guidance reflects approximately a one point reduction in unit costs excluding fuel and profit sharing primarily due to a reduction of operating expenses in the second half of the year as a result of the sale of LiveTV.

Capacity is expected to increase between 3.0% and 5.0% in the third quarter. For the full year, capacity is expected to increase between 4.0% and 6.0%.

Bloomberg Businessweek: JetBlue considers charging for the first checked bag: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N709JB (msn 3488) in the special one-off “Binary Code” livery arrives in New York (JFK).

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JetBlue launches its automatic check-in systemwide

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JetBlue Airways (New York) has issued this statement:

JetBlue Airways has announced the launch of automatic check-in, a technological enhancement that will allow customers to focus on their travel plans and not the need to get to a computer 24 hours before their flight departs to check-in.

Automatic check-in is the most recent step in the airline’s continued focus on making the JetBlue Experience even more convenient. This initial technological innovation removes the need for customers to ever have to check-in for their flights. Beginning today, eligible customers will receive an email 24 hours before their scheduled flight with a ready-to-print boarding pass, as well as the option to download a Mobile Boarding Pass via JetBlue iOS or Android mobile apps. With the printed boarding pass or mobile app, customers are ready to head to the airport, and on to their flight.

In addition to removing this occasionally burdensome check-in process, initiating the process a full 24 hours ahead of a flight is also expected to enable the ability to catch and notify customers of any information inconsistencies or issues with special service requests in a reservation that might otherwise remain unresolved until their arrival at the airport. For those customers not currently eligible for automatic check-in, or those customers who need to address outstanding requirements within their booking, the standard check-in notification process will remain in place.

“The idea of asking customers to jump an additional hurdle before their flight is an increasingly antiquated concept,” says Blair Koch, JetBlue Vice President Commercial and Shared Development Services. “By having the right systems in place, we can remove this step, and even help identify and prevent issues that can hinder customers from fully enjoying their travel experience.”

Eligible customers at launch include individuals who have booked domestic itineraries with Even More SpaceTM seats* and will expand to include additional customers as the program evolves over the next year. Expansion to include additional customers in assigned core seats, is expected to begin in 2015. International travelers and those customers who still have unassigned seats, become eligible later in the new year.

Read the analysis by Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photos: JetBlue Airways. According to the airline; “Pass with flying colors! JetBlue’s mobile boarding pass program is now available in ALL domestic US cities. (So no need to dust off that printer, just be sure to show your mom how to do it!)”

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South African and JetBlue Airways begin code sharing on the Washington Dulles-Dakar, Senegal route

South African Airways (SAA) (Johannesburg) and JetBlue Airways (New York) have begun code share operations on SAA’s flights between Washington, DC-Dulles Airport and Dakar, Senegal.

JetBlue is now placing its “B6″ code on SAA-operated flights between Washington, DC-Dulles Airport and Dakar, Senegal in West Africa. Customers purchasing a code share itinerary will benefit from having a single ticket combining JetBlue and SAA-operated flights, as well as the conveniences on their day of travel of one-stop check-in and baggage transfer. SAA offers the only daily nonstop service between the U.S. and Dakar with departures from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport aboard Airbus A340s.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-313 ZS-SXH (msn 197) climbs away from the runway at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

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JetBlue today launches seasonal service to Hyannis, Massachusetts

JetBlue Airways (New York) today (June 26) launches seasonal service to Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, Massachusetts. The Capital of the Cape is the airline’s 86th destination and is JetBlue’s 64th nonstop route from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. JetBlue will be the only airline connecting New York City with Cape Cod, one of the country’s most popular summer destinations, offering seasonal service with one daily flight between June 26 and September 9, 2014.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N178JB (msn 19000004) arrives at the New York (JFK) hub.

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JetBlue Airways announces two new routes from Washington Reagan National Airport

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced two new nonstop routes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to Fort Myers (RSW) and West Palm Beach (PBI) in Florida. The two routes will launch on December 18, 2014 and operate during the winter season. The airline today also launched three new routes from DCA to Charleston, SC (CHS), Hartford/Springfield (BDL) and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS). Additionally, JetBlue will boost its existing service to Tampa, Florida, with a second daily flight effective July 2, 2014.

The new routes and increased frequency follow the allocation of 12 slot pairs to JetBlue by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as a result of divestitures from the American Airlines-US Airways merger. More flights will be announced this summer as JetBlue continues to ramp up its presence at DCA.

JetBlue entered the Reagan National market in 2010, becoming the airline’s 62nd destination. With the three new routes launched today, the airline now offers 24 daily flights, with service to Boston, Charleston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Hartford/Springfield, Nassau, Orlando and Tampa, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico. New service to Ft Myers and West Palm Beach will both launch on December 18, 2014. JetBlue will operate up to 30 roundtrips per day at DCA by the end of 2014.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N665JB (msn 3348) arrives at Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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JetBlue today introduces its new Mint trans-con Airbus A321 service

JetBlue Airways (New York), today (June 15) launches its take on premium service, Mint, between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX). By August 3, 2014, all JetBlue flights between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) will feature Mint. On October 26, 2014, JetBlue will expand this distinctive new offer to the New York (JFK) – San Francisco (SFO) route.

JetBlue Mint logo

Mint features the widest seat and longest fully-flat bed in the U.S. domestic market and four private suites among the 16 seats. JetBlue is now the only airline in America and one of the few in the world to offer customers a private suite. The Mint experience also updates one of JetBlue’s best-known features, LiveTVTM at every seat. Mint features a15-inch flat screen with 100+ channels of DIRECTV® programming and more than 100 channels of SiriusXM® satellite radio.

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According to the airline, “Mint fares start at an industry-shattering $599 one way (b), much lower than any competitors’ premium offering and are available between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX) as well as between New York (JFK) and San Francisco (SFO), which launches later this fall.”

JetBlue has teamed up with a number of unique partners to provide a distinctive product with Mint. From a tapas-style menu curated by popular New York City restaurant Saxon+Parole and customized amenity kits from Birchbox, to organic desserts by Blue Marble Ice Cream and a sweet treat from Mah-ze-Dahr Bakery, Mint customers will enjoy the latest products and delicious cuisine providing refresh-mint, entertain-mint and rejuvenation during and after their flight.

Mint is available on brand new Airbus A321 aircraft that are being continuously added to JetBlue’s fleet. JetBlue’s A321 sub-fleet with Mint will total 11 aircraft by the end of first quarter 2015. The Mint seat is fully customized to JetBlue’s requirements and features:

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 domestic 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

Built-in massage function

15-inch flat screen with 100+ channels of DIRECTV® programming and 100+ channels of SiriusXM® satellite radio

Shoe storage

Dual 110volt power outlets with two USB ports

“Wake me for service” indicator, allowing customers to customize their service needs

Pre-departure signature drink, followed by a cocktail and amuse-bouche once airborne

Curated menu by popular New York City restaurant Saxon + Parole

Customers will customize their meal by choosing among five offerings, comfort food with a twist, served tapas-style.

Customized men’s and women’s kits amenity kits by partner Birchbox

Dessert from Blue Marble Ice Cream

Sweet treats from Mah-ze-Dahr Bakery

New A321 aircraft also features a refreshed core experience

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Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways. The airline is allowing prospective customers to experience the new JetBlue Mint cabin in “The Mint Room” and also to take a selfie while sitting in the new seats.

JetBlue’s brand new Airbus A321 aircraft also features an enhanced core product, including a new world-class seat designed to maximize comfort, larger 10.1″ personal screens offering 100+ channels of DIRECTTV® 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 (c), as well as more comfort.

JetBlue already provided unlimited snacks and soft drinks, an offering that will be expanded aboard Mint aircraft. To add even more to the core experience on New York-Los Angeles/San Francisco flights, JetBlue created the Inflight Marketplace concept for all new Airbus A321s, a complimentary self-serve station full of snacks, soft drinks and water for customers to enjoy at their convenience throughout the flight.

To celebrate the introduction of Mint, JetBlue has launched a special Mint sweepstakes, which will run until June 26 where one lucky customer will win a pair of travel certificates for a round-trip Mint experience between New York and Los Angeles or New York and San Francisco (d). To enter, go visit http://www.jetblue.com/mint-sweeps.

Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by JetBlue). Airbus A321-231 N913JB (msn 5909) in the special Prism tail design arrives at the New York (JFK) hub.

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JetBlue Airways has also introduced crew uniforms:

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JetBlue sells LiveTV to the Thales Group for $399 million

JetBlue Airways (New York) announced today it has completed its sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary LiveTV to Thales Group for $399 million in cash. The sale will allow LiveTV to continue the innovation that has set it apart as the leader in inflight entertainment (IFE) and onboard connectivity under Thales ownership. JetBlue will maintain its relationship with LiveTV to continue providing customers with differentiated, industry-leading inflight entertainment and connectivity products.

LiveTV is the leading provider of live IFE and connectivity systems for commercial airlines. In 2013, LiveTV and its partner ViaSat introduced Ka-band satellite-driven onboard connectivity, a game-changing technological advancement.

Meanwhile Bloomberg Businessweek is taking a look at the challenges facing JetBlue (and others) in providing high speed inflight Internet service. Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Showing off the LiveTV antennae on top, Airbus A320-232 N821JB (msn 5417) banks before landing at Washington (Reagan National).

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JetBlue Airways and Singapore Airlines file for a codeshare agreement

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Singapore Airlines (Singapore) have filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to enter into a bilateral codeshare agreement.

JetBlue and Singapore Airlines have been interline partners since 2011. The expanded partnership would provide customers seamless connections between the two airlines, combining flights on both carriers and easily facilitating one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in. Flights will become available for sale pending regulatory approval.

Under the proposed codeshare, JetBlue customers would have access to five new cities in Europe and Asia, while Singapore Airlines customers would have access to 16 destinations in the U.S.

Under the proposed agreement, JetBlue would put its ‘B6′ code on Singapore Airlines’ flights to/from the U.S. including:

Los Angeles (LAX) – Tokyo (NRT) – Singapore (SIN)
New York (JFK) – Frankfurt (FRA) – Singapore (SIN)
San Francisco (SFO) – Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore (SIN)
San Francisco (SFO) – Seoul (ICN) – Singapore (SIN)

In turn, Singapore Airlines would add its ‘SQ’ designator code on JetBlue-operated flights beyond its U.S. gateway at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to 16 key destinations:

Austin, Texas
Boston, Massachusetts
Buffalo, New Yorkk
Charlotte, North Carolina
Chicago, Illinois (O’Hare)
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Florida
Houston, Texas
Jacksonville, Florida
Orlando, Florida
New Orleans, Louisiana
Portland, Maine
Rochester, New York
Syracuse, New York
Tampa, Florida
Washington D.C. (Dulles)
West Palm Beach, Florida

Top Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. JetBlue Airways’ Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N373JB (msn 19000624) in the Barcode tail design lands at Baltimore/Washington.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380-841 9V-SKF (msn 012) taxies from the gate at Los Angeles International Airport.

 

JetBlue responds to Silver Airways, adds Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood-Jacksonville flights

JetBlue Airways (New York) following on the heels of Silver Airways announcement of frequent Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood-Jacksonville turboprop service, has also announced twice-daily nonstop jet service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Service will launch on October 29, 2014, along with previously announced new nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Cartagena, Colombia (CTG); Las Vegas, Nev. (LAS) and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PIT).

JetBlue’s presence in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood is growing rapidly. The airline has committed to expand this South Florida BlueCity to 100 daily departures by 2017. With the addition of Cartagena, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, and Pittsburgh, JetBlue will offer up to 80 daily departures and 33 nonstop destinations from South Florida.

JetBlue’s schedule between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Jacksonville (JAX):
FLL to JAX: JAX to FLL:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
7:00 a.m. – 8:14 a.m. 8:00 a.m. – 9:14 a.m.
6:55 p.m. – 8:09 p.m. 6:45 p.m. – 7:59 p.m.

JetBlue’s flights between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Jacksonville will be operated with its full-size 100-seat Embraer 190 jet aircraft.

Southwest Airlines is dropping the route on November 1 sparking these two announcements.

Can Silver Airways’ SAAB 340B turboprops compete against JetBlue Airways Embraer 190 jets? Someone will blink on this route as the daily traffic cannot support this large number of new seats.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N228JB (msn 19000030) in the Harlequin tail design prepares to touch down on runway 9L at First Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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JetBlue announces two more routes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced two new nonstop routes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Cartagena, Colombia (CTG) and Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS). Both flights will begin on October 29, 2014, the same day the airline will also launch its new nonstop service to Pittsburgh.

These three upcoming routes are in addition to the six international routes already launched within the last year from JetBlue’s South Florida focus city. New international destinations include San Jose, Costa Rica; Lima, Peru; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N510JB (msn 1280) approaches the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in the old Dots tail design and smaller aircraft titles.

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JetBlue wins J.D. Power award for best low-cost airline for 10 years in a row

JetBlue Airways (New York) has been awarded highest honors in airline customer satisfaction among low-cost carriers by J.D. Power 2014 North America Airline Satisfaction Study℠, an estimable recognition the carrier has received every year from 2006 to 2014. JetBlue also ranked highest in customer satisfaction among all U.S. major airlines in 2005, when low-cost and traditional network carriers were combined in a single category, making this year’s achievement its tenth consecutive J.D. Power award.

The company issued this statement:

To have our customers honor us for customer satisfaction is truly gratifying. To receive that distinction 10 years in a row is both humbling and flattering—we are floored to be ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Low-Cost Carriers in North America” by J.D. Power.

The 2014 North America Airline Satisfaction Study SM measures customer satisfaction among both business and leisure customers of major North America carriers. The study is based on responses from 11,370 customers who flew on a major North America airline between March 2013 and March 2014. The study was fielded between April 2013 and March 2014, and measures overall customer satisfaction based on performance in seven measures (in order of importance): cost and fees; inflight services; boarding/deplaning/baggage; flight crew; aircraft; check-in; and reservation.

We don’t take these accolades lightly, and while we know there’s always room for improvement, it’s an incredible honor to know our customers appreciate the experience we deliver. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we decided to give 10 lucky winners a chance to really experience our award-winning product and service… by bringing back one of your favorite promotions of all time.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N828JB (msn 5723) in the Blue berries motif arrives in Los Angeles.

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JetBlue Airways introduces a one-of-a-kind tail design: “Binary Code”

JetBlue A320-200 N709JB (14-Binary Code)(Tail)(JetBlue)(LRW)

JetBlue Airways (New York) today (May 13) introduced its newest custom livery, ‘Binary Code,’ to celebrate its Fly-Fi service, which delivers broadband Internet in the sky.

The airline continued:

“This one-of-a-kind livery joins JetBlue’s fleet on the newly re-christened Airbus 320, “CONNECTED TO 01000010 01001100 01010101 01000101″ (N709JB).

In December, JetBlue partnered with LiveTV and satellite provider ViaSat to bring Fly-Fi to life. Just six months later, nearly one third of JetBlue’s Airbus 320 aircraft are equipped with Fly-Fi, and the service is being added at an average rate of 10 aircraft per month. JetBlue’s Fly-Fi Ka-band satellite connectivity, powered by ViaSat’s Exede Internet, is eight times faster than older, slower inflight connections offered by other U.S. airlines.

“This beauty of a plane truly represents the pride we have in providing our game-changing Fly-Fi service,” said Jamie Perry, Director of Product Development at JetBlue. “We recently saw a record 136 connected devices on one of our flights — all enjoying a great high-speed connection. We’ve never seen anything like that from other inflight Wi-Fi products!”

“It is great to see JetBlue showcasing its industry leading internet product,” said Glenn Latta, President of LiveTV. “JetBlue gave us the challenge of creating one of the industry’s best internet experience and we’re proud to have delivered a solution that, combined with our live television offering, is a truly ‘At Home in the Air’ experience.”

“JetBlue always seems to add something special to whatever they do and this creative design is another example,” said Don Buchman, VP Exede Mobility, “We appreciate JetBlue highlighting our Exede Internet consumer network that powers Fly-Fi, which is how passengers get the same great satellite Internet in-flight as they can at home.”

“CONNECTED TO 01000010 01001100 01010101 01000101″ rejoins JetBlue’s fleet of 196 aircraft and can be spotted flying throughout JetBlue’s route network, providing customers with the next-generation of inflight Wi-Fi.’

Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways. The tail of Airbus A320-232 N709JB (msn 3488) is pictured.

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JetBlue Airways and Turkish Airlines today announce a codeshare agreement

JetBlue Airways (New York) and Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) today announced the launch of a unilateral codeshare to provide expanded travel options for customers worldwide.

Turkish Airlines is now placing its “TK” code unilaterally on select JetBlue-operated flights to/from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport. Flights are available for sale through travel agencies and Turkish Airlines reservations for travel beginning today.

The JetBlue-Turkish Airlines codeshare allows customers to purchase tickets combining flights on both carriers and enjoy one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in on their day of departure.

Turkish Airlines offers up to three daily flights between New York and its hub at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, and today inaugurates the first-ever nonstop service between Istanbul and Boston. At Boston Logan International Airport, JetBlue offers more flights to more destinations than any other airline.

Via Istanbul, Turkish Airlines offers onward connections to destinations in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Far East. Turkish Airlines offers one of the most expansive route networks in the world, currently spanning 247 destinations in 106 countries.

Through JetBlue, international travelers will have access to 24 key U.S. destinations including Baltimore, Maryland; Buffalo, New York; Detroit, Michigan; Jacksonville, Florida; Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Rochester, New York; and Tampa, Florida.

Initial codeshare destinations via Boston and/or New York:

Burlington, Vermont
Buffalo, New York
Baltimore, Maryland
Charleston, South Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Detroit, Michigan
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Long Beach/Los Angeles, California
Phoenix, Arizona
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Portland, Maine
Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
Richmond, Virginia
Rochester, New York
Salt Lake City, Utah
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida
Syracuse, New York
Tampa, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. JetBlue’s Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N267JB (msn 19000065) banks on the final approach at Washington’s Reagan National Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Turkish Airlines’ Boeing 777-35R ER TC-JJC (msn 35164) departs from New York’s JFK International Airport in the special Manchester United livery.

 

Bloomberg Businessweek: 6 reasons why JetBlue’s CEO Dave Barger will leave in February

JetBlue Airways‘ (New York) CEO Dave Barger, 56, who succeeded David Neeleman (who then started Azul in Brazil), is facing the end of his contract in February 2015. Will he stay or leave?

This article by Bloomberg Businessweek offers six reasons why Dave won’t probably stick around.

Read the article: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Stephen Tornblom/AirlinersGallery.com. Most U.S. carriers are doing quite well. The board, representing the stockholders, will probably be looking for a change at the top to expand JetBlue. JetBlue is a narrow-body airline which restricts its growth and also the range of the airline. One “surprise” Dave could be ready to unveil is the addition of Airbus A330s for long range routes to South America and other places. Will this save Dave in time? Airbus A320-232 N599JB (msn 2336) in the Plaid tail design is seen on the ramp at the focus city of Long Beach, California.

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JetBlue announces seasonal flights from Boston to Liberia, Puerto Plata and St. Lucia

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced new nonstop services for the winter season to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR); Gregorio Luperón International Airport in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP); and Hewanorra International Airport in Saint Lucia (UVF). All three services will commence on November 1, 2014 and operate once weekly on Saturdays.

The three new destination represents JetBlue’s 52nd, 53rd and 54th nonstop routes out of Boston, and JetBlue will offer the only nonstop service between Boston and both Costa Rica and Saint Lucia.

JetBlue BOS-Liberia Schedule

JetBlue currently offers nonstop service to 13 Caribbean and Latin American destinations from Boston: Aruba; Bermuda; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Cancún, Mexico; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Saint Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santiago, Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N524JB (msn 1528) in the Stripes motif approaches the runway at Washington (Reagan National).

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JetBlue to launch Salt Lake City-Orlando flights on November 12

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced plans to launch a new daily nonstop route between Salt Lake City and Orlando, Florida beginning on November 12, 2014.The Utah capital will be JetBlue’s 24th nonstop destination from its focus city at Orlando International Airport.

JetBlue also offers daily nonstop service between Salt Lake City and both New York City and Long Beach, California.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N649JB (msn 2977) completes the final river approach turn into Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA).

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Routes from Orlando:

JetBlue MCO 5.2014 Route Map

 

JetBlue receives supplemental type certificate from the FAA for high-speed Wi-Fi

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced that LiveTV received a supplemental type certificate (STC) and Parts Manufacturing Authorization (PMA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), necessary steps in the process of having high-speed Wi-Fi and LiveTV’s next generation inflight entertainment system installed on its new fleet of Airbus 321 all-core aircraft. The new LiveTV system, LiveTV 4.0, and JetBlue’s inflight Wi-Fi product, Fly-FiTM, will provide customers with a significantly enriched experience.

The Live TV 4.0 system has a larger screen (10.1 inches for the core experience and 15.6 inches for the Mint experience), and additional content options. Through JetBlue’s partnership with DirecTV, customers will have access to more than 100 channels of live television with optional closed-captioning, a new TV guide that displays current and upcoming program information, and two additional JetBlue Features, totaling eight features each available with English and Spanish audio tracks. Additionally, JetBlue’s SiriusXM satellite radio offering will have an improved home screen where all programming information will be displayed on one screen.

JetBlue also launched Fly-Fi last December on its Airbus A320 fleet, and currently operates 37 Fly-Fi enabled aircraft. The airline is up to 10 A320 Fly-Fi installations per month and is targeting to have its entire Airbus A320 fleet complete by the end of 2014.

JetBlue will be installing LiveTV 4.0 and Fly-Fi on the other three all-core Airbus A321 aircraft, which have been flying since last December. The next step is to receive the certification needed for the first Airbus A321 Mint aircraft.

The airline now has one Airbus A321 aircraft with LiveTV 4.0 and Fly-Fi installed which re-entered service on April 28, 2014. The remaining three A321 aircraft will undergo LiveTV 4.0 and Fly-Fi installation throughout the spring, with all four A321 core only aircraft expected to be in service with LiveTV 4 and Fly-Fi installed by the end of June.

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Airbus A321-231 D-AVZA (msn 5783) became N903JB on delivery.

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JetBlue Airways launches four new routes today to the Caribbean

JetBlue Airways (New York) today launches four new nonstop routes to the Caribbean, expanding its ever growing network in the region.

JetBlue today begins nonstop service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI). JetBlue also serves Newark with flights to Boston, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), the airline today begins nonstop service to Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ); Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (POS); and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ). As of today, JetBlue serves 29 destinations from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, with upcoming nonstop flights to Pittsburgh (PIT) commencing October 29 and the airline also intends to launch a nonstop route to Albany, NY, next year.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N623JB (msn 2504) taxies to the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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JetBlue Airways, Airbus and Wings of Help partner to bring 10 tons of medical equipment to Haiti

JetBlue A321-200 Haiti Medical Supplies (Airbus)(LR)

Airbus Corporate Foundation, JetBlue Airways (New York) and Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen – Wings of Help (LOG) provided 10 tons of medical equipment, clothing and toys for Haiti – Port-au-Prince using JetBlue’s latest Airbus A321 aircraft.

JetBlue Airways issued this statement on their blog:

Port-au-Prince, Haiti, became JetBlue’s 82nd BlueCity in December 2013. Before launch it was decided the airline would carry out a humanitarian delivery flight in partnership with the Airbus Corporate Foundation to bring aid to the country, including life-saving anti-cholera medication, blankets and clothing for nearly 6,000 children, hundreds of pair of shoes, thousands of books to help improve literacy, laptops, toiletries and more. Additionally, the JetBlue contingency also made the first dig for a modernized fresh water well in what will become a new village for Haitians still displaced following the 2010 earthquake. Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and continues to be deeply affected by the earthquake.

JetBlue provided several tons of resources to local schools and orphanages in and near Port-au-Prince. The group visited and delivered supplies to charities that have previously been supported by crewmembers including Ecole Herve Romain, a school in Port-au-Prince’s red zone run by charity organization Edeyo Foundation; Children of Hope, a children’s home in Saintard, north of Port-au-Prince and Grace International, one of Haiti’s largest non-profit organization that runs numerous schools, displacement camps, girls and boys orphanages, a widows home and hospital.

The airline provided donations including more than 2,000 books, toiletries and laptops, which were handed out by a team of 15 front-line crewmembers. The crewmembers also broke ground on a new well for fresh drinking water for Grace International in Carrefour. This area is currently under development building an entire new village that will house tens of thousands of people still displaced from the earthquake.

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Reuters: JetBlue flight attendants want to hold an unionization vote

JetBlue Airways‘ (New York) flight attendants are seeking a vote for unionization following the vote by the pilots to be represented by ALPA according to Reuters.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N589JB (msn 2215) in the Barcode scheme banks on the river approach into Washington (Reagan National).

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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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David Neeleman to bring Azul to the United States with Airbus A330-200s and new A350-900s

Azul A330-200 and A350-900 (Azul)(LR)

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S. A. (Azul Brazilian Airlines) (Sao Paulo), founded by David Neeleman of JetBlue Airways (New York) and Morris Air (Salt Lake City), is coming back to the United States (in a way).

The fast growing airline has ordered a new fleet of Airbus A330-200 and A350-900 aircraft for daily service
to and from United States gateways.

Azul expects to debut its first international flights by early 2015. The U.S. flights will be served from Azul’s brand new $1.5 billion terminal at Sao Paulo (Campinas), strategically located 50 minutes from downtown Sao Paulo.

Campinas is Brazil’s largest airline hub offering connections to 104 domestic cities. Azul’s U.S. gateways will be announced later this year.

Routes from Campinas Airport:

Azul 4.2014 Campinas Airport (Azul)(LR)

Azul will operate the new international routes with a fleet of 11 wide-body Airbus aircraft. The airline has ordered five Airbus A350-900 with deliveries beginning in early 2017. In addition, six Airbus A330-200 will be used to launch service in early 2015. The new aircraft will be leased from ILFC and will be equipped with Rolls-Royce engines. Azul’s fleet currently comprises of 80 Embraer and 56 ATR aircraft.

With less than six years of operations, Azul already has flown more than 85 million customers and changed the face of air travel in the Brazilian market since its first flight, on December 15, 2008.

The foundation of the airline was built around the Brazilian made Embraer E-jet. From that foundation, Azul has expanded to 880 daily flights, which represents one-third of Brazil’s daily departures. The airline currently operates a fleet of 136 aircraft and employs more than 10.000 people.

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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)

Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways.

“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

Copyright Photo: NYNOW.

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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Virgin America outbids for the last eight slots at Washington Reagan National Airport

Virgin America (San Francisco) has secured the last eight landing and takeoff slots at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA). Virgin America outbid Spirit Airlines and others for the last slots according to Reuters. This last allotment comes after last month’s award of 54 slots to Southwest Airlines and 40 to JetBlue Airways (including 16 it had been leasing). The slot sales were demanded by the Department of Justice (DOJ) a precondition for the American Airlines-US Airways merger.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 N839VA (msn 4610) completes its final approach from the south into Washington Reagan National Airport.

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Current Route Map: There will now be more Virgin America routes and flights radiating from DCA probably starting with LAX and more flights to SFO. Here are the current routes from Los Angeles (LAX):

Virgin America logo

Virgin America 2.2014 LAX Route Map

 

 

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.

Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways.

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