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JetBlue flight attendants vote to join the TWU

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) has issued this statement:

More than 5,000 flight attendants employed by JetBlue voted 2,661 to 1,387 to join the Transport Workers Union. The results were released by the National Mediation Board, which oversaw the electronic balloting.

The victory came after a multi-pronged organizing campaign by rank-and-file flight attendants and professional TWU organizers. Nationally, the Transport Workers Union represents more than 140,000 workers in the airline, railroad, mass transit, utilities and service industries.

Our first order of business will be negotiating the flight attendants’ initial contract, Samuelsen said. He noted that the number of working women and men in unions increased last year – for the first time in decades. The JetBlue vote is a strong sign that the upward trend is continuing this year, he said.

The crewmembers want and deserve job security, representation and due process in disciplinary cases, improved wages and benefits, and a seat at the table in case of possible merger or acquisition.

Samuelsen’s full statement:

“Congratulations to the more than 5,000 JetBlue Inflight Crewmembers on their landslide (66% voting yes – 34% voting no) vote for Transport Workers Union representation. JetBlue is an extremely profitable corporation, and now the time has arrived for these frontline workers to be appropriately compensated  for their undeniable contribution in bringing JetBlue this high level of success.”

“This historic victory is yet another example of the tide turning in America as workers collectively fight back to defend their livelihoods. The United States trade union movement is the greatest vehicle for the economic security of working families that this country has ever seen, and more Americans are recognizing this every day.”

“The TWU intends to immediately commence contract bargaining with JetBlue. It is our sincerest wish that the company comes to the table and bargains a fair and just contract with the workers they employ. But if JetBlue refuses to bargain in good faith, this union is prepared to engage in a fightback campaign that will continue until a contract is secured and the Inflight Crewmembers are protected.”

JetBlue Airways issued this statement:

JetBlue has issued the following statement in response to the unionization vote among JetBlue’s 5,000 inflight crewmembers in which the crewmembers who voted elected to have the Transport Workers Union (TWU) represent them:

While we respect the outcome of the election, we are disappointed in this result because we believe the direct relationship is superior to third-party representation. Our crewmembers remain at the heart of the JetBlue experience and we value all they do to provide that experience to our customers. As we move forward, we will work to come together around our mission to inspire humanity that has set JetBlue apart from other airlines since day one.

Once the National Mediation Board authorizes the TWU as the representative body for JetBlue inflight crewmembers, both JetBlue and TWU will organize negotiating committees.

 

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JetBlue grows again in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood with start date set for new Grand Cayman service

Named "Blue-yah!"

JetBlue Airways today announced it is again growing in South Florida and in the Caribbean with the start of nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Grand Cayman (GCM).

JetBlue first announced its intent to fly this route in January. Service will operate once daily beginning October 25, 2018.

New Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood service will complement JetBlue’s existing service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and seasonal service from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

Schedule between Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Grand Cayman (GCM)
Beginning October 25, 2018

FLL-GCM Flight #1397 GCM-FLL Flight #1398
10:26 a.m. – 10:53 a.m. 11:53 a.m. – 2:29 p.m.

The new service also advances JetBlue’s position as the top airline at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, where the airline plans to operate 140 daily flights in the coming years.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood is one of JetBlue’s fast-growing focus cities, serving customers throughout South Floridaand offering a fast and convenient alternative for Miami-Dade travelers. The airline also recently expanded its operation to two new gates in Terminal 3 and began utilizing Terminal 1 for additional international arrivals to help support future growth.

JetBlue intends to serve the route with its 100-seat Embraer 190 aircraft offering the airline’s award-winning service and the most legroom in coach (b), as well as complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks and free first-run Hollywood movies.

Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N187JB (msn 19000009) (Blueberries) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104650.

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JetBlue selects Pratt and Whitney Geared Turbofan™ (GTF) engines for its Airbus A320neo aircraft

JetBlue Airways has announced it has amended and restated its 2012 order for the purchase and exclusive maintenance of Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.

Under the terms of the agreement, the GTF engine will now power JetBlue’s total fleet of 85 Airbus A320neo family aircraft – 40 aircraft previously awarded in 2012 and now 45 additional aircraft, as well as 13 spare PW1100G-JM engines. The agreement also covers exclusive maintenance for JetBlue’s fleet of 85 A320neo family aircraft, which are scheduled for delivery beginning in 2019.

 

Each JetBlue Airbus A320neo family aircraft will be powered by two Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, which produce a smaller noise footprint and lower operating costs when compared with today’s engines. The GTF engine uses an advanced gear system allowing the engine’s fan to operate at a slower speed than the low-pressure compressor and turbine, allowing all components to operate at their optimal speeds. The combination of the gear system and an all-new advanced core increases fuel efficiency and benefits the environment by reducing NOx emissions to 50% below the regulatory standard. The maintenance component of the agreement fixes the amount JetBlue pays per flight hour in exchange for maintenance and repairs under a predetermined maintenance program.

JetBlue announces fourth quarter 2017 financial results

JetBlue's first Embraer 190 logo jet - "Blueprint"

JetBlue Airways Corporation on January 25, 2018 reported its results for the fourth quarter 2017:

  • Operating income of $189 million, a decrease of 36.0% from the fourth quarter of 2016, principally due to higher fuel prices.
  • Pre-tax income of $170 million, a decrease of 38.0% from the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • Fourth quarter net income of $672 million, or $2.08 per diluted share. Adjusted earnings per share of $0.32, which excludes a benefit of $1.76 associated with the revaluation of our deferred tax liabilities to reflect the impact of the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. This compares to JetBlue’s fourth quarter 2016 net income of$172 million, or $0.50 per diluted share.

Financial Performance

JetBlue reported fourth quarter operating revenues of $1.8 billion. Revenue passenger miles for the fourth quarter increased 3.1% to 11.5 billion on a capacity increase of 5.1%, resulting in a fourth quarter load factor of 83.1%, a 1.6 point decrease year over year.

Yield per passenger mile in the fourth quarter was 13.57 cents, up 2.8% compared to the fourth quarter of 2016. Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the fourth quarter of 2017 increased 0.8% year over year to 11.28 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increased 1.8% year over year to 12.66 cents.

Compared with last year, operating expenses for the quarter increased 16.5%, or $222 million. Interest expense for the quarter declined 12.4%, or $4 million, as JetBlue continued to reduce its debt. JetBlue’s operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the fourth quarter increased 10.8% year over year to 11.29 cents. CASM Ex-Fuel1 for the fourth quarter increased 8.1% to 8.63 cents.

“I’d like to thank our 21,000 Crewmembers, who rose to each and every challenge during 2017. Our fourth quarter results were driven by solid demand across our network, our successful ancillary platform and recovery in the Caribbean that exceeded our expectations, following a historic hurricane season. We continue to make progress to achieve our margin commitments and to compete successfully as a low-cost carrier,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s President and CEO.

Fuel Expense and Hedging

In the fourth quarter of 2017 JetBlue had hedges in place for approximately 10% of its fuel consumption. The realized fuel price in the quarter was $1.89 per gallon, a 21.6% increase versus fourth quarter 2016 realized fuel price of $1.56.

JetBlue does not presently have any forward fuel derivative contracts to hedge its fuel consumption. Based on the fuel curve as of January 12th, JetBlue expects an average price per gallon of fuel of $2.16 in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of approximately 28% over the realized fuel price in the first quarter of 2017.

Liquidity and Cash Flow

JetBlue ended the quarter with approximately $693 million in unrestricted cash and short term investments, or about 10% of trailing twelve month revenue. In addition, JetBlue maintains approximately $625 million in undrawn lines of credit.

During the fourth quarter, JetBlue repaid $57 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations. JetBlue anticipates paying approximately $59 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations in the first quarter and approximately $202 million for the full year 2018.

“In the fourth quarter and 2017 we took actions to navigate a complex external environment, while striving to protect and enhance our margins. These actions included capacity adjustments and redeployments following a challenging summer and to mitigate the impact of hurricanes. We continue to demonstrate our ability to make progress in our commitments to all our stakeholders and to lay the foundation that will ultimately achieve superior margins,” said Steve Priest, JetBlue’s EVP Chief Financial Officer.

First Quarter and Full Year 2018 Outlook

Capacity is expected to increase between 3.5% and 5.5% year over year in the first quarter 2018. For the full year 2018, JetBlue expects capacity to increase between 6.5% and 8.5%.

RASM growth is expected to range between 2.5% and 5.5% for the first quarter 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

CASM Ex-Fuel is expected to grow between 2.0% and 4.0% for the first quarter of 2018. For the full year 2018, JetBlue expects year over year CASM Ex-Fuel to be between (1.0)% and 1.0%.

Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N304JB (msn 19000257) (Blueprint) FLL (Tony Storck). Image: 940756.

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JetBlue marks the 100-Day Milestone of its 100x35JetBlue Hurricane Relief Program in Puerto Rico

JetBlue Airways announced the 100-day milestone of its 100x35JetBlue hurricane relief initiative, which launched shortly after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017. A nod to the island’s 100×35 mile dimensions, 100x35JetBlue outlined 100 days and 35 ways – and beyond – of caring for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. JetBlue has completed or launched 34 of the 35 initiatives, and now transitions to initiative #35: developing a long-term plan for supporting Puerto Rico and fostering economic growth.

As the largest airline in Puerto Rico, JetBlue made a commitment to its crewmembers, customers and communities by pledging to assist in the island’s rebuilding and recovery. Puerto Rico is home to nearly 500 JetBlue crewmembers who support the airline’s operations in its focus city of San Juan, as well as in Aguadilla and Ponce.

With the help of crewmembers across JetBlue’s 101-city network, including those in Puerto Rico, as well as partners such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, the airline has spent the past 100 days implementing its plan. The initiative’s pillars included providing free and reduced rate air transportation; charitable fundraising support; donation and delivery of supplies and services to meet the basic needs of the community; overall reconstruction efforts; and activities to restore a sense of normalcy to those most impacted by the storms. At the same time, JetBlue has focused on raising awareness for Puerto Rico to ensure continued focus on the island’s needs.

Some of the actions taken for Puerto Rico in the past 100 days include:

  • Operating over 450 special relief flights for Hurricane Maria recovery efforts
  • Providing more than 1,100 seats to the island for emergency personnel, relief workers, and non-profits at no cost
  • Making a $1 million in-kind contribution commitment to transport relief workers and cargo from New York as part of the Empire State Relief and Recovery efforts
  • Offering reduced fares for customers to/from Puerto Rico, including two free checked bags and waived pet fees, in the immediate aftermath of the storm
  • Sending more than 1.5 million pounds of relief supplies on JetBlue and in partnership with Atlas Air
  • Partnering with celebrities to conduct relief flights to raise awareness for recovery efforts and deliver much-needed supplies
  • Quickly resuming service from all three cities JetBlue serves in Puerto Rico: San Juan (SJU), Aguadilla (BQN) and Ponce (PSE). During 2018, JetBlue plans to operate up to 30 daily roundtrip flights to/from Puerto Rico including 25 in San Juan alone.
  • Continuing to monitor booking trends closely and adjusting flight schedules and seat capacity as demand necessitates.
  • Granting $1.2 million in grants to impacted JetBlue crewmembers in Puerto Rico to get back on their feet through the JetBlue Crewmember Crisis Fund
  • Supporting Puerto Rico Tourism Company’s efforts to promote tourism to the island

“In the aftermath of the hurricanes, our crewmembers rose to the challenge of truly caring for one another and our customers in incredible ways.” said Robin Hayes, President & CEO of JetBlue.

“As Puerto Rico’s largest airline, we have an ability – and a responsibility – to play a significant role in rebuilding the economy by supporting the return of tourism,” Hayes continued. “We’ve already begun planning these initiatives with our partners at the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. We know that Puerto Rico has a bright future, and we pledge to stand alongside the community as the island recovers and thrives.”

Three Kings Day Celebrations

JetBlue’s 100-day milestone coincided with Three Kings Day, an important holiday and tradition in Hispanic and Puerto Rican culture that caps off the Christmas holiday season. The airline commemorated the start of its long-term initiatives by celebrating events on the island with crewmembers, their families and the community. Three Kings Day and holiday season initiatives included:

  • Donation of 1,200 toys to Puerto Rico’s First Lady’s event, Gran Fiesta de Reyes
  • Donation of formula, diapers and other essential supplies to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) for distribution at their San Jorge’s Children Hospital event
  • Title sponsorship of Promesa de Reyes, which included the distribution of about 3,500 toys to children in five different communities on the island with the help of professional baseball players
  • Three Kings Day celebration with JetBlue senior leader to distribute gifts and toys to crewmembers and their families
  • Hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas / Noche Buena meals for the community, crewmembers, and partners throughout the season

All images by JetBlue.

JetBlue celebrates the New Year with new growth in Florida and Caribbean strongholds

JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N775JB (msn 3800) (JetBlue Honors Our Veterans - Vets in Blue) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 402719.

JetBlue Airways (New York) on January 9, 2018 announced it is adding even more travel choices in its Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood focus city in 2018 with new service between South Florida and two top Caribbean markets: Santiago, Dominican Republic’s Cibao International Airport (STI) and Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM).

Flights between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Santiago, D.R. will operate once daily roundtrip beginning June 14, 2018, subject to government approval.

The route boosts JetBlue service in the Dominican Republic, where it operates more daily flights than any other carrier. The airline, which first started flying to the Dominican Republic in 2004 with service to Santiago, now serves five airports in the country – La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo. The latest new route will link Santiago with a fifth U.S. city nonstop and offer customers even more connecting opportunities throughout the growing JetBlue network.

Daily Schedule between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) and Santiago (STI)

Beginning June 14, 2018

FLL-STI Flight #345 STI-FLL Flight #344
8:30 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. 11:35 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

JetBlue will operate the new Santiago flights using its spacious 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.

Additionally, JetBlue intends to operate new nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Grand Cayman’s Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) once daily beginning in October 2018, subject to government approval, with seats set to go on sale in the coming weeks. The new flights boost the airline’s presence in the island destination with a new link to South Florida. JetBlue already flies between Grand Cayman and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and seasonally to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

The new routes also advance JetBlue’s position as the top airline at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, where the airline plans to operate 140 daily flights in the coming years. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood is one of JetBlue’s fast-growing focus cities, serving customers throughout South Florida and offering a fast and convenient alternative for Miami-Dade travelers. The airline also recently expanded its operation to two new gates in Terminal 3 and began utilizing Terminal 1 for additional international arrivals to help support future growth.

Santiago and Grand Cayman become the 58th and 59th nonstop destination offered from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywoodand will open up a variety of new connecting opportunities between the Caribbean destinations and U.S. cities such as Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta and multiple west coast markets.

Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N775JB (msn 3800) (JetBlue Honors Our Veterans – Vets in Blue) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 402719.

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Routes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood:

Is JetBlue considering adding some Airbus A321LR aircraft to fly to Ireland?

JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N947JB (msn 6448) (Prism) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936368.

JetBlue Airways (New York), according to the Irish Independent, is considering switching some of its Airbus A321 orders to the longer-range A321LR models in order to fly nonstop to Ireland.

Aer Lingus, which is already a partner, has ordered the LR type. Both partners could be transatlantic competitors in the future.

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Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-231 WL N947JB (msn 6448) (Prism) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936368.

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