JetBlue Airways Corporation (JetBlue Airways) (New York) has released the following statement from CEO and President Dave Barger in regards to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) proposed settlement, that would permit American Airlines and US Airways to proceed with their merger plans:
“On behalf of the 15,000 crewmembers of JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline™, I applaud the Department of Justice’s pro-consumer proposed settlement and we look forward to participating in the divestiture process. JetBlue is eager to increase our low fare service in communities across the country and particularly at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.”
In other news, JetBlue has announced its expanded winter schedule in the Caribbean, featuring more flights than ever before. With the planned launch of service to two new island destinations, JetBlue will serve the Caribbean region this winter with an average of 200 daily flights.
In addition to its own network growth, JetBlue also announces the signing of two new interline agreements in the Caribbean, with LIAT and Seaborne Airlines, and a growth of its existing partnership with Cape Air. This expands the single-ticket options for JetBlue customers into a number of additional Caribbean destinations.
Two new cities and five new routes planned
JetBlue has announced five new Caribbean routes that will launch in the coming months, including service to two new destinations: Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (a). New routes include:
- Chicago (ORD) – San Juan, Puerto Rico (starts Nov. 20)
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood – Port-au-Prince, Haiti (starts Dec. 5) (a)
- Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (starts May 1) (a)
- New York (JFK) – Port-au-Prince, Haiti (starts Dec. 5) (a)
- New York (JFK) – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (starts Feb. 24) (a)
Five destinations to see added capacity with larger aircraft
JetBlue plans to meet peak winter demand this winter by deploying its brand new Airbus A321 aircraft to a variety of Caribbean destinations. The A321 is outfitted with 190 seats, featuring the most legroom in coach (b), and boosting the number of seats per departure by 40 compared to JetBlue’s current 150-seat A320 aircraft. The following destinations will see select flights to/from New York (JFK) operated by the larger A321:
- Bridgetown, Barbados
- Nassau, Bahamas
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Santiago, Dominican Republic
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Additionally, JetBlue will offer even more frequencies between New York (JFK) and Barbados during peak holiday times, including President’s Day and Easter.
JetBlue’s A321s will be operating fresh from the factory and will not yet have in-flight television, radio or movies.
More destinations with new and expanded interline partnerships
JetBlue has added two new interline agreements, with LIAT and Seaborne Airlines, and expanded its existing partnership with Cape Air, bringing a number of new Caribbean destinations within reach for JetBlue customers.
LIAT now offers JetBlue customers connections to several new destinations including Antigua, Grenada, St. Kitts, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, when transferring at Barbados and St. Maarten. Founded in 1956, LIAT is one of the largest and most experienced carriers in the Caribbean region. Tickets are now available for sale through travel agencies.
Seaborne Airlines also opens up several new destinations for JetBlue customers, including St. Kitts, Dominica, and Guadeloupe and Martinique in the French Caribbean, all via San Juan, as well as connections to La Romana, Dominican Republic on a daily basis. In addition, Seaborne will offer more flight options for customers connecting at San Juan to/from both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Seaborne’s regional network includes 11 destinations from San Juan and a total of 625 weekly departures. JetBlue-Seaborne itineraries are now available for sale through travel agencies.
JetBlue’s longstanding partnership with Cape Air also expands this winter, with new destinations available via San Juan: Culebra, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. With service to these two unspoiled island destinations, which is expected to kick off in early 2014, Cape Air will serve a total of nine destinations from San Juan including options like Anguilla and Nevis.
Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. The new JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N615JB (msn 2461) in the special FDNY – Fire Department New York taxies past the camera at the JFK hub.