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JetBlue announces new routes

JetBlue Airways has announced that a variety of new routes launching this year – many made possible through its Northeast Alliance (NEA) with American Airlines – are out for sale starting today, delivering more competition and new choices to customers in the airline’s New York and Boston focus cities. JetBlue is also advancing its focus city strategy on the West Coast with the introduction of an all-new international route in Los Angeles. These routes add more JetBlue flying across all corners of the airline’s route map in the Americas.

New York and New England

JetBlue’s new flying in New York and Boston brings a new choice to many routes with limited competition today and is made possible through JetBlue and American’s innovative NEA. Across New York’s three major airports, the NEA will fly more than 500 daily departures in 2023, as well as nearly 200 daily departures in Boston. So far, the NEA has resulted in approximately 50 new routes out of JFK, LGA, BOS and EWR; increased frequencies on more than 130 existing routes; 90 nonstop routes with increased capacity; and 17 new international routes launched.

JetBlue’s new flying from New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) includes:

Daily Schedule between New York (LGA) and Atlanta (ATL)
Beginning May 5, 2023

LGA – ATL Flight # 2714

ATL – LGA Flight # 2713

8:20 a.m. – 10:46 a.m.

7:40 a.m. – 9:57 a.m.

LGA – ATL Flight # 2814

ATL – LGA Flight # 2813

1:30 p.m. – 4:02 p.m.

11:40 a.m. – 1:01 p.m.

LGA – ATL Flight # 2614

ATL – LGA Flight # 2613

4:59 p.m. – 7:33 p.m.

4:50 p.m. – 7:12 p.m.

LGA – ATL Flight # 2514

ATL – LGA Flight # 2513

7:55 p.m. – 10:22 p.m.

8:20 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Daily Schedule between New York (LGA) and Bermuda (BDA)
Summer Seasonal Beginning May 5, 2023

LGA – BDA Flight # 2177

BDA – LGA Flight # 2178

9:59 a.m. – 1:12 p.m.

2:15 p.m. – 3:33 p.m.

Daily Schedule between New York (LGA) and Hyannis (HYA)
Summer Seasonal Beginning May 5, 2023

LGA – HYA Flight # 2766

HYA – LGA Flight # 2765

12:29 p.m. – 1:44 p.m.

3:30 p.m. – 4:39 p.m.

Daily Schedule between New York (LGA) and Nassau (NAS)
Beginning March 30, 2023

LGA – NAS Flight # 2439

NAS – LGA Flight # 2438

11:59 a.m. – 3:13 p.m.

4:15 p.m. – 7:13 p.m.

JetBlue’s new flying from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – featuring a new premium Mint® route – includes:

Saturday Only Mint Schedule between Newark (EWR) and Aruba (AUA)
Beginning June 15, 2023

EWR – AUA Flight # 2219

AUA – EWR Flight # 2220

9:00 a.m. – 1:48 p.m.

3:10 p.m. – 8:08 p.m.

Daily Schedule between Newark (EWR) and Montego Bay (MBJ)
Summer Seasonal Beginning June 15, 2023

EWR – MBJ Flight # 2357

MBJ – EWR Flight # 2356

1:40 p.m. – 4:31 p.m.

5:35 p.m. – 10:32 p.m.

JetBlue’s new flying from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) includes:

Daily Schedule between Boston (BOS) and Vancouver (YVR)
Summer Seasonal Beginning June 15, 2023

BOS – YVR Flight # 49

YVR – BOS Flight # 50

5:40 p.m. – 9:07 p.m.

10:10 p.m. – 6:27 a.m. (+1)

Los Angeles Growth

Outside the scope of the NEA, JetBlue is also independently advancing its focus city strategy at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). New, year-round service between LAX and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PVR) will take off this summer. In 2023, JetBlue will operate service between Los Angeles and 20 nonstop destinations and offer more than 40 peak daily departures.

Daily Schedule between Los Angeles (LAX) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Beginning June 15, 2023

LAX – PVR Flight # 1856

PVR – LAX Flight # 1857

8:50 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

1:50 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N627JB (msn 2577) (Spotlight) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 959875.

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JetBlue launches a partnership with NBC Universal’s streaming service, Peacock

JetBlue Airways, the only major U.S. airline with free high-speed Fly-Fi® and seatback screens at every seat, on every plane, is continuing to lead the industry in inflight entertainment by launching a first-of-its-kind partnership with NBC Universal’s streaming service, Peacock. Beginning Spring 2023, Peacock will become the exclusive streaming partner of JetBlue.

Customers will be able to tune into a selection of Peacock Originals, including breakout hits “Bel-Air,” “Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin,” and upcoming series including Rian Johnson’s “Poker Face” and Malcolm Lee’s “The Best Man: The Final Chapters,” for free from their on-demand seatback screens. In addition, using JetBlue’s free high-speed Fly-Fi®, customers will be able to stream Peacock’s full offerings from their own devices including original series, live sports, movies, fan-favorite shows, and news. This approach builds on JetBlue’s ongoing commitment to delivering a multi-screen experience onboard, which allows customers to use a range of devices simultaneously, including HD seatback entertainment, just as they would in their own living room.

As a further extension of the partnership, Peacock perks will be integrated into the airline’s revamped TrueBlue® loyalty program. TrueBlue members will have access to special offers on Peacock subscriptions, allowing them to earn points for subscribing to the streaming service, and will be gifted a one-year Peacock Premium subscription, included with eligible TrueBlue Mosaic status. The partnership will also offer customers innovative promotions including personalized marketing communications, experiential activations and additional surprise and delight moments.

JetBlue tempers its fourth quarter quidance due to “adverse impact of the fourth quarter holiday calendar”

JetBlue Airways Corporation announced today an operational and financial update of its expected fourth quarter 2022 results.

JetBlue’s operational performance has remained strong with a solid completion factor quarter-to-date, including nearly 100% during the November holiday travel period. The Company continues to expect flown capacity for the fourth quarter of 2022 to increase 1% to 4% compared to the third quarter of 2019 (“year over three”).

Underlying demand trends continue to be strong with healthy load factors and yields above 2019 levels for both trough and peak travel periods. JetBlue also continues to generate strong ancillary revenue performance, with exceptional co-brand performance which continues to reach record levels. However, JetBlue experienced a negative impact from Hurricane Nicole in November, and the expected very strong close-in demand for December reflected in its prior outlook has materialized below expectations. In addition, the adverse impact of the fourth quarter holiday calendar timing this year is greater than previously forecasted. As a result, JetBlue now expects revenue per available seat mile for the fourth quarter of 2022 to be at the low-end of its prior guidance range for a 15% to 19% increase.

The Company continues to expect CASM Ex-Fuel (1) for the fourth quarter of 2022 to increase between 8.5% and 10.5%, year over three. Based on the forward curve as of December 9, 2022, JetBlue continues to expect an average all-in price per gallon of fuel of $3.65 in the fourth quarter of 2022.

(1) Operating expenses per available seat mile, or CASM, is a common metric used in the airline industry. We exclude aircraft fuel and related taxes, operating expenses related to other non-airline business, such as our subsidiaries, JetBlue Technology Ventures and JetBlue Travel Products, and special items from operating expenses to determine CASM Ex-Fuel, which is a non-GAAP financial measure.

Top Copyright Photo: E190s continue to be phased out of the fleet by mid-2025. JetBlue Airways Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N266JB (msn 19000054) (Tartan) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 404233.

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The Northeast Alliance adds 10 more destinations

American Airlines and JetBlue Airways are further increasing competition for travelers in the Northeast.

The airlines announced they are adding a variety of new nonstop destinations from New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) in 2023.

The new service — which includes many routes currently only flown by one other carrier — is made possible through JetBlue and American’s innovative and effective Northeast Alliance (NEA).

The NEA will offer nearly 300 daily departures from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) and will serve 49 of the top 50 global markets in 2023. Across New York’s three major airports, the NEA will fly more than 500 daily departures next year, as well as nearly 200 daily departures from Boston.

New American service

Starting in May, American will launch new service to several new destinations.

From To Service launches
LGA Birmingham, Alabama (BHM) May 5, 2023
LGA Buffalo, New York (BUF) May 5, 2023
LGA Columbia, South Carolina (CAE) May 5, 2023
LGA Grand Rapids, Michigan (GRR) May 5, 2023
LGA Greenville, South Carolina (GSP) May 5, 2023
LGA Knoxville, Tennessee (TYS) May 5, 2023

Also in New York, American will expand its summer seasonal flying between LGA and Asheville, North Carolina (AVL), to year-round service. The airline will also add an additional frequency between BOS and Louisville, Kentucky (SDF).

New JetBlue service

In spring 2023, JetBlue will introduce nonstop flying between LGA and Atlanta (ATL); Hyannis, Massachusetts (HYA); and Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) and Bermuda (BDA); pending government approval.

In summer 2023, JetBlue will offer customers Mint®, the airline’s premium travel experience, on nonstop flights between EWR and Aruba (AUA). The airline will also reintroduce service between EWR and Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ).

JetBlue plans to expand the airline’s service to Canada with daily summer seasonal service between Boston and Vancouver, B.C. (YVR). New Vancouver flying will complement JetBlue’s service between New York and Vancouver, which first launched earlier this year as part of the NEA.

The success of the NEA

JetBlue and American announced the innovative alliance in 2020 to increase competition in the Northeast. The NEA is meant to overcome the insurmountable obstacles historically faced by each airline in challenging other airlines’ dominance in the region. In the time since, the NEA has created a third, full-scale competitor in New York in the form of a virtual network that closes longstanding competitive gaps. In Boston, the alliance likewise is empowering more growth by both carriers, as American expands its global product offering and JetBlue extends its low fares and high-quality product to new markets.

So far, the NEA has resulted in approximately 50 new routes out of JFK, LGA, BOS and EWR; increased frequencies on more than 130 existing routes; 90 nonstop routes with increased capacity; and 17 new international routes launched.

Time to plan summer 2023 fun

American is providing more seats and more flights to the places customers want to go next summer, whether it’s to visit European castles, Asian temples, South American mountains or the Australian outback.

The airline will operate additional trans-Atlantic flights from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Paris (CDG) and Rome (FCO) starting in April. Additional frequencies will also be added from Miami International Airport (MIA) to London (LHR) and Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU).

For those looking to take in the majestic beauty of the last frontier, American will be upgauging its daily service between DFW and Anchorage (ANC) to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner (top), connecting more customers with the great outdoors.

In addition, the airline will add several international routes back in to its network that were cut due to the pandemic and aircraft delivery delays. American is excited to resume the following routes in 2023:

From To Last Operated
Charlotte (CLT) Paris (CDG) Summer 2019
CLT Frankfurt (FRA) Summer 2021
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Santiago (SCL) Summer 2021
DFW Tokyo Haneda (HND) Summer 2020
Los Angeles (LAX) HND Summer 2020
LAX Sydney (SYD) Summer 2021
Seattle (SEA) London (LHR) Summer 2021

Top Copyright Photo: American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N823AN (msn 40641) FRA (Jay Selman). Image: 404229.

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JetBlue introduces a new TrueBlue® loyalty program

JetBlue Airways has announced a new TrueBlue® loyalty program that offers new perks and more choices as an increasing number of customers look to JetBlue as a trusted source for travel beyond just flights.

The new program maintains most of TrueBlue’s signature perks that customers have come to love while also allowing TrueBlue members new opportunities to earn perks and status along the way.

The more ways customers interact with JetBlue, the more perks they can earn. From JetBlue Vacations hotel and cruise packages, to cars, stays and activities from Paisly, to many JetBlue flight extras and add-ons, and purchases on all JetBlue credit cards, everyone from infrequent travelers to road warriors can find ways to earn and redeem in JetBlue’s loyalty program.

TrueBlue will offer more value, new choices and unique personalization through a variety of all-new program aspects, including:

  • Tiles become the new way to track and measure progress toward Mosaic status JetBlue’s most loyal group of travelers.
  • Customizable Perks You Pick, available to more TrueBlue members without Mosaic status, will reward more travelers sooner.
  • Multiple levels of Mosaic, each with Mosaic Signature Perks and Perks You Pick, bring expanded perks to JetBlue’s most loyal customers.
  • Combined spend counts with all JetBlue credit cards. Add up JetBlue travel spend and any JetBlue credit card spend to unlock perks.
  • New JetBlue credit card enhancements on select cards bring new perks to cardholders.

The new TrueBlue will still carry over many of the perks customers know and love:

  • All TrueBlue members will continue to earn TrueBlue points on JetBlue and eligible American Airlines flights, and can redeem those points for award travel on JetBlue, including any seat at any time, with no blackout dates or expiration dates.
  • TrueBlue points will never expire.
  • Use Cash + Points to pay for JetBlue flights and JetBlue Vacations packages.
  • Pool points with family and friends.
  • Earn 2X points on jetblue.com or the JetBlue app.
  • Select reciprocal loyalty benefits for Mosaic members traveling on American Airlines.

The new program is set to go live in spring 2023 and will make TrueBlue more rewarding than ever before in its 20-year history.

Perks You Pick for TrueBlue Members

The new TrueBlue program is designed to ensure that all TrueBlue members have the opportunity to get rewarded, even before achieving Mosaic status. For the first time ever, travelers can start earning and enjoying perks before earning Mosaic status. TrueBlue members can customize their experience with Perks You Pick, choosing their first perk with just 10 tiles, then add more perks when they reach 20, 30 and 40 tiles. For every 10 tiles TrueBlue members earn, until they reach 50, they will get to choose a new perk from the following:

  • Early boarding.
    • Get settled sooner with Group B boarding (excluding Blue Basic fares).
  • Priority security.
    • Access an expedited lane to security at dozens of airports where available.
  • Alcoholic drink.
    • First beer, wine or liquor is free each flight (21+).
  • JetBlue Vacations® bonus.
    • 2X points bonus on a JetBlue Vacations package (one-time use).(a)
  • 5,000-point bonus.
    • Boost your TrueBlue balance with 5,000 bonus points.

These perks will allow even occasional travelers to enjoy an elevated travel experience when flying on JetBlue. Once a customer earns 50 tiles, they reach Mosaic 1 status, receive all TrueBlue Perks You Pick and are set up to qualify for even more perks within new Mosaic levels.(b)

New Mosaic Levels

As part of the reimagined TrueBlue program, JetBlue is also meaningfully enhancing the Mosaic program to include four distinct Mosaic levels, each featuring a Mosaic Signature Perk. Each Mosaic level has a set of distinct benefits plus, customers are entitled to pick a Mosaic Signature Perk.

Mosaic Signature Perks:

  • Mosaic 1 – 50 tiles:
    • Mosaic Boarding.
    • First two Checked Bags Free.
    • Beer, Wine & Liquor.
    • Even More® Space at Check-In.
    • Same-Day Switches.
    • Priority Security.
    • Dedicated Check-In.
    • Dedicated Support Line and Priority Chat Assistance.
    • Complimentary Upgrades on Heathrow Express.
  • Mosaic 2 – 100 tiles: Even More Space
    • Up to 7” more legroom at no extra charge during booking (pending availability).
  • Mosaic 3 – 150 tiles: Move to Mint®
    • Four Move to Mint certificates that enable complimentary upgrades from core to any Mint seat.
    • Number of certificates required to upgrade varies.
  • Mosaic 4 – 250 tiles: Move to Mint Again + BLADE Airport helicopter transfers
    • Two additional Move to Mint certificates.
    • Credits that can be redeemed for four complimentary seats on BLADE Airport helicopter transfers between Manhattan and JFK or EWR.

Additionally, each time a member qualifies for a new level of Mosaic, they’ll also be able to select one new perk from the Mosaic Perks You Pick menu.

Mosiac Perks You Pick:

  • FoundersCard Blue Membership
    • Enjoy 150+ premium travel, business, and lifestyle benefits—created exclusively for Mosaic members.
  • Pet Fee Waiver
    • Jet with your pet (cat or small dog) at no extra charge ($125 value per flight).
  • $99 Statement Credit on Select JetBlue Cards
    • $99 one-time statement credit for JetBlue Plus or Business Card.(c)
  • 20-Tile Bonus
    • Get or gift a 20-tile boost to get to the next level faster.
  • 15,000-Point Bonus
    • Boost your TrueBlue balance with 15,000 bonus points.
  • Mint Suite Priority (arriving later in 2023)
    • Priority access to Mint Suite selection on select aircraft (pending availability). Excludes Mint Studio™.

Introducing Tiles

Tiles are the new and easy way to track progress toward status, while earning perks at key milestones along the way. Intrepid travelers and casual fliers alike will be eligible for perks sooner than ever before and even if they haven’t yet achieved Mosaic status. While still earning valuable points that can be redeemed for award travel, TrueBlue members will also earn tiles based on their combination of travel spend and credit card spend, not just one or the other.

One tile is awarded for every $100 in qualifying spend on more of the ways a customer can JetBlue.(d) Hotel rooms and resorts. Cars and cruises. Activities and extras. Travelers will be able to rack up rewards with JetBlue Vacations, Paisly by JetBlue, JetBlue fees, JetBlue add-ons and American Airlines-operated flights. Additionally, one tile is awarded for every $1,000 in qualifying spend on all JetBlue credit cards.

JetBlue and Barclays Credit Card Enhancements

This spring, JetBlue is also introducing enhancements to select Barclays JetBlue credit cards. JetBlue Plus Card members can enjoy Points Payback, allowing them to redeem points to pay themselves back from purchases of $25or greater, up to a maximum of $1,000 annually. Points redeemed for purchases will appear as a statement credit toward their account balance. In addition, JetBlue Business Card members can enjoy early Group A boarding on JetBlue-operated flights.

The Transition to the New TrueBlue

In spring 2023, Mosaic-Qualifying points and segments will be retired and TrueBlue members will see how many tiles they have based on how much they’ve already spent in 2023. Any member eligible for Perks You Pick will have the opportunity to select them based on their in-progress 2023 tile count.

Mosaic members will be assigned a Mosaic level based on how much they spent in 2022 or how much they spent in 2023, whichever is greater. They’ll immediately begin enjoying the Mosaic Signature Perks of each level and will have the opportunity to select Mosaic Perks You Pick associated with that level.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N775JB (msn 3800) (JetBlue Honors Our Veterans – Vets in Blue) FLL (Ian Bowley). Image: 959596.

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JetBlue announces science-based emissions reduction target and strategy to achieve net zero by 2040

JetBlue Airways has announced a science-based target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a coalition that defines and promotes best practices in emissions reduction targets. With this target, JetBlue commits to reducing well-to-wake (lifecycle) scope 1 and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to jet fuel by 50% per revenue tonne kilometer (RTK) by 2035 from a 2019 base year1. JetBlue’s most aggressive near-term emissions reduction target to-date, this science-based target aligns with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the growing airline’s own goal to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040 – 10 years ahead of broader airline industry targets. Aligned with SBTi requirements, JetBlue will also regularly review and update this target following any significant change to JetBlue’s business or structure.

To meet this aggressive near-term target, the airline will increase its investments in lower-carbon solutions within its operation​ and will evaluate future sustainability investments with its science-based target in mind. JetBlue also recognizes how critical external partners are to decarbonizing the aviation industry and is committed to encouraging and supporting efforts by aircraft and engine manufacturers, governments, regulatory agencies, and fuel suppliers to realize their own GHG emission reduction goals.

Charting a path to net zero

JetBlue further illustrates its path to achieving its 2035 and net zero goals and contributing factors with its JetBlue Projected Emissions Reduction Pathway (graphic attached). Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is expected to be the key contributor to large-scale lifecycle emissions reduction, which is highly dependent on availability and costs of supply. Advancements in aircraft technology and fuel efficiency represent the second-most significant opportunity for emissions reduction. This includes efficiencies from the airline’s transition to newer and more advanced aircraft, the incremental improvements for aircraft delivered in subsequent years, as well as the potential for broader efficiency improvements for next generation aircraft yet to be developed, but anticipated to be commercially available by the late 2030s or early 2040s. Procedural optimization via Air Traffic Control (ATC) modernization led by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and fine-tuning of the airline’s own operations will also significantly contribute to further emissions reductions. Finally, investing in high-quality carbon removals and offsets is expected to play a role in addressing emissions the airline is unable to avoid. JetBlue is committed to prioritizing the lower-carbon solutions within its operation first, to drive down the need for carbon credits as much as possible.

Since 2020 when the airline first outlined its net zero goal, JetBlue has made significant headway in its own sustainability efforts.

Reducing Fuel Burn

JetBlue operates a robust fuel savings strategy that starts with a young, fuel-efficient fleet that reduces emissions from fuel burn, from the outset. Its growing fleet of Airbus A321neo aircraft are improving fuel economy by approximately 20%. Further, JetBlue continues to take delivery of Airbus A220s, reducing emissions by up to 35% per seat compared to the aircraft they are replacing. To support fuel efficiency and cost goals, JetBlue is accelerating the retirement of its E190 fleet, with the final E190 aircraft scheduled to exit the fleet in 2025. And to ensure all aircraft are flown efficiently, JetBlue also operates a cross functional Fuel Optimization Team targeting a range of procedural and technology shifts that maximize the efficiency of its flight operations. Due to JetBlue’s fleet and fuel optimization initiatives, the airline is on pace to achieve a 6% improvement in emissions per available seat mile (ASM) in 2022 versus 2019 flying.

Further emissions reductions can be achieved by looking at operational airspace and JetBlue continues to advocate for air traffic control modernization (NextGen) efforts. Current Air Traffic Control inefficiencies account for as much as 12% of fuel burn and resulting emissions. One of the most impactful ways to help reduce airline emissions across the industry is transitioning the United States’ aging radar technology with GPS based technology, which would allow for greater efficiency, more consistent flight planning, and as an added benefit, improved on-time performance for all travelers.

To reduce the impact on the ground, JetBlue set a public goal to convert 40% of its three most common ground service vehicle types to electric by 2025 and 50% to electric by 2030. In 2019, JetBlue rolled out the largest electric fleet of any carrier at John F. Kennedy International Airport with 118 electric vehicles and continues to roll out electric ground service equipment at other airports including Boston Logan, the airline’s second largest city, and Newark Liberty International Airport.

Transitioning to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

JetBlue views SAF as the most promising avenue for addressing aviation emissions in a meaningful and rapid way – once cost-effective SAF is made available commercially at scale. SAF is a type of renewable fuel that exists today that drops directly into existing aircraft and infrastructure with no impact to safety or performance. SAF can be produced from a wide array of renewable sources such as agricultural wastes and used cooking oils—not fossil fuels—and can lower lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions by roughly 80% compared to traditional petroleum-based fuels.

Supporting and growing SAF availability is critical to reaching larger industry goals and JetBlue continues to do its part to encourage a diverse and competitive SAF market. The shared focus is necessary to build the economies of scale needed to compete with traditional fuel sources. Since 2020, JetBlue has continued to secure immediate as well as future supplies of SAF on its path to convert 10% of the airline’s total fuel to be SAF by 2030.

Since 2020, JetBlue has been flying regularly using SAF from its California airports in Los Angeles and San Francisco, partnering with both currently available SAF suppliers in the U.S., Neste and World Energy. To further encourage a vibrant and competitive market, in 2022 alone, JetBlue has signed agreements with three additional SAF producers for future supply: Aemetis, AIR COMPANY, and Fidelis New Energy. While its 2021 agreement with SG Preston has been terminated, JetBlue will continue to look at future SAF partnerships to grow its SAF portfolio, with a particular interest in encouraging SAF in its Northeast focus cities.

Through these existing and future SAF offtake agreements, JetBlue seeks to build a diversified portfolio of future SAF suppliers and feedstocks while continuing to send the message that strong demand for SAF exists.

Advancing the Future of Flight

The airline’s subsidiary, JetBlue Ventures (JBV), continues to invest in and partner with early-stage startups improving travel and hospitality, including those in the sustainable travel space. Referred to as, “the most active startup investor across all airlines in green aviation technologies,” JBV has invested in seven direct and three adjacent sustainability companies to date. The team explores advanced methods of measuring and reducing emissions, technologies that improve environmental protections and encourage sustainable tourism, and game-changing transportation powered by alternative propulsion systems like electric or hydrogen powered commercial aircraft. Most recently, JBV announced an investment in Rubicon Carbon, a next generation carbon solutions provider also backed by TPG Rise Climate.

Refreshed Carbon Offsetting Strategy

Since first setting the airline’s path to net zero, JetBlue has maintained its stance that carbon offsetting is a bridge solution toward greater sustainability efforts that directly reduce air travel emissions. JetBlue is proud to have voluntarily offset more than 11M metric tons of CO2 emissions to date (EOY 2022), including providing domestic and transatlantic carbon neutral flights for all customers from June 2020 to 2022. As lower-carbon solutions within the airline’s operations are made more readily available, the use of carbon offsets was always intended to decrease.

While JetBlue still strongly believes there is a role for high-quality carbon offsetting solutions, the airline has elected to not continue its voluntary carbon offsetting of domestic flights into 2023. In place, it will reallocate its offsetting spending into operational investments that align with its science-based target, as well as evolve its offsetting strategy to support a curated list of primarily nature-based projects in and around the destinations the airline serves.

JetBlue continues to see value in supporting high-quality projects that truly remove or avoid CO2 and deliver community benefits such as improving local air quality, introducing employment opportunities, and improving biodiversity of local habitats. JetBlue recently joined Rubicon Carbon as a launch partner for their innovative platform that delivers trusted, enterprise-grade solutions for carbon credit purchases. Rubicon Carbon was developed to deliver greater scale, confidence, and innovation across all facets of the carbon markets and meet the growing demand for high-integrity emissions reduction solutions.

To further high-quality, high-integrity carbon credit availability in the voluntary carbon market, JetBlue will continue to collaborate with other like-minded organizations and recently joined the Business Alliance to Scale Climate Solutions (BASCS) as the first airline member to open opportunities for investment, policy influence, and discussions with other corporations and NGOS/IGOS in aligned messaging around scaling climate solutions. With the BASCS partnership JetBlue will specifically focus on workstreams seeking to encourage conservation and restoration projects for coastal and oceanic carbon ecosystems – referred to as blue carbon projects – as well as promote learning sessions offering transparency into the standards, methodologies, and corporate guidance initiatives that go into these carbon credit markets.

JetBlue’s Focus on the Environment

JetBlue depends on natural resources and a healthy environment to keep its business running smoothly. Not only do we all rely on those natural resources, but tourism also relies on having beautiful, natural and preserved destinations for customers to visit. The airline focuses on issues that have the potential to impact its business. Customers, crewmembers and community are key to JetBlue’s sustainability strategy. Demand from these groups for responsible service is one of the motivations behind changes that help reduce the airline’s carbon output and overall environmental impact. For more on JetBlue’s sustainability initiatives, visit www.jetblue.com/sustainability.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N658JB (msn 3150) (Spotlight) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 959587.

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JetBlue and Fidelis sign agreement for 92 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), pilots receive aid from ALPA

JetBlue Airways and Fidelis New Energy, LLC have announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide JetBlue with at least 92 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from Fidelis’ Grön Fuels GigaSystem™ at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge in Louisiana. This SAF is expected to be delivered over the five-year term with a targeted start date of 2025.

With this MOU, Fidelis’ negative carbon intensity SAF is helping JetBlue advance toward its goal to reach 10 percent of its total fuel usage as SAF on a blended basis by 2030. JetBlue is the only US carrier to be flying regular domestic flights using both available SAF producers delivering today and continues to support the emerging SAF market with significant commitments as the airline continues to grow its SAF mix. The SAF from the Grön Fuels GigaSystem is innovatively designed to achieve negative lifecycle carbon intensity by integrating carbon capture & sequestration (CCS) and biomass energy with CCS (BECCS).

Designed to be the largest and highest efficiency purpose-built renewable fuels facility in North America, the Grön Fuels GigaSystem will produce an estimated 1 billion gallons per year (65,000 barrels per day) of sustainable aviation fuel, renewable diesel, and other low carbon products. Grön Fuels further enhances its efficiency and industry-leading carbon intensity by capturing waste process heat to generate power, producing biogas from byproducts and using its highly flexible processing capabilities to produce carbon negative SAF from a wide array of existing and emerging low carbon intensity feedstocks.

In other news, JetBlue Airways pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), were approved for a $5 million grant from ALPA’s Major Contingency Fund after this week’s round of contract negotiations with management resulted in insufficient progress to yield an agreement acceptable to the pilot group.

In order to avoid possible labor strife, management must come to the bargaining table with proposals that appropriately value its pilots with contractual compensation improvements. This grant creates a “war chest” that can be used for events, informational picketing, advertising, and other prominent media activities to highlight the need for a new pilot contract.

The pilots have been negotiating for short-term extension that is narrowly focused on a few economic improvements to bring their contract in line with the rising market for pilots at other airlines—before JetBlue engages in potentially lengthy merger discussions. An extension would spare management the need for full contract negotiations and allow them to focus on the merger. The pilots’ current four-year contract became amendable on August 1, 2022. The pilots are driving for negotiations to conclude before the end of 2022, with the last negotiating session scheduled for December 13–14.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N661JB (msn 3228) (Spotlight) LAS (Jay Selman). Image: 404228.

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JetBlue pilots call on company to deliver a contract now

ALPA issued this statement for JetBlue Airways’ pilots that are currently in negotiations with the company for a new contract:

JetBlue Airways pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), met with JetBlue management this past week in effort to reach a short-term contract extension with economic improvements. The parties have two additional bargaining sessions in the next month, where the pilots are calling on management to recognize their contributions to the airline’s success during one of the most turbulent times in the industry’s history.

In October, the pilots proposed to management that the difficult and resource-consuming bargaining issues in a full contract negotiation be set aside for the time being. Instead, negotiations would focus on a short-term contract extension that would provide the pilots with economic improvements. This would allow the pilots to advance their careers in an industry with a rising market for pilots, while also affording JetBlue management the opportunity to devote their resources to running a quality operation and pursuing a merger with another airline, rather than the distraction of a protracted negotiation. The pilots’ contract became amendable on August 1, 2022, and the refocused negotiations are limited to only key economic issues in an effort to complete a contract extension this year.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N923JB (msn 5960) (Ribbons) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 959426.

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JetBlue is coming to Paris CDG for summer 2023

JetBlue Airways has announced plans to expand transatlantic flying into Continental Europe with new service to Paris starting next summer.

Paris will be JetBlue’s second transatlantic destination following the airline’s successful launch of service to London in August 2021, where it has quickly grown its schedule to five daily flights between the United States and the United Kingdom.

JetBlue plans to launch nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in summer 2023, and will later add nonstop service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Paris-CDG.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-271NX WL N4022J (msn 10303) (Streamers) LGW (Robbie Shaw). Image: 955805.

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