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JetBlue to retrofit Airbus fleet with vortex generators

JetBlue Airways, today announces plans to retrofit its entire Airbus fleet with noise-reducing vortex generators. This move reflects JetBlue’s continued commitment to the communities where its customers and crewmembers live and work. Beginning in 2015, JetBlue began taking delivery of new aircraft with vortex generators already installed. JetBlue is committing to add the devices to its 138 remaining Airbus A320 family aircraft through 2021. The small devices disrupt wind over ports on the wing which can produce a “whistling” tone during approach into an airport.

JetBlue is following the lead of Lufthansa.

Photos: Lufthansa and Supercraft.

“While the airline industry has benefited from advances in technology and efficiency leading to quieter planes and engines, the work is never done,” said Joe Bertapelle, Director Strategic Airspace Programs, JetBlue. “We’re pleased to incorporate this advancement across our Airbus fleet and contribute to our communities in a meaningful way as good corporate citizens.”

Vortex generators will be installed on 130 existing JetBlue A320 aircraft and eight JetBlue A321 aircraft during their existing scheduled heavy checks with the full fleet wide install expected to be complete in 2021. All future Airbus orders will be delivered with vortex generators already installed. The cost to retrofit the full Airbus fleet is less than $1 million.


JetBlue advances focus city strategy with network reallocation, including new service in Guayaquil, Ecuador

"Playa-way With Me", now in jetBlue vacations livery

JetBlue Airways today announced a series of network changes that will advance its strategy in multiple focus cities, making the airline even more relevant in its key markets and ensuring its network is optimized to meet customer demand. The network changes are also key to achieving the airline’s margin commitments and delivering long-term value to its shareholders.

The reallocation of service will result in a new JetBlue city in Ecuador, new service between current JetBlue cities, and additional flights on popular routes. To free up aircraft time for the introduction of the new flying, JetBlue will reduce underperforming service.

“We constantly review network performance and make adjustments to support our focus city strategy, which is about building up our key markets to be stronger and even more relevant to local travelers,” said Joanna Geraghty, president, JetBlue. “In total, these changes are forecast to generate a substantial improvement in annual profit and strengthen our business as a whole, while allowing us to invest in our growth and our industry-leading customer experience.”

JetBlue Announces Expansion to Guayaquil, Ecuador

JetBlue will launch new service at Guayaquil, Ecuador’s José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) with flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Service will operate daily and is expected to take off in the first quarter of 2019. Guayaquil becomes the second JetBlue city in Ecuador – Quito launched in 2016 – and the sixth JetBlue city in South America overall. Seats will go out for sale in the coming weeks.

Ecuador’s largest city and main port, Guayaquil – which today celebrates its 198th year of independence – boasts revitalized squares, parks and various urban-renewal projects, and also has a growing theater, film and arts scene. The riverfront promenade and modern shopping areas all over the city attract tourism from inside and outside the country. Guayaquil, home to some two million people, also serves as a gateway to Pacific beaches and the Galapagos Islands.

The new flights between Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Guayaquil expand JetBlue’s footprint outside the U.S., and is part of a broader reach into international markets. In recent years the airline has built a robust network throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and now operates in 22 countries. JetBlue is a leading airline in markets like Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. The airline also serves more than a dozen unique island destinations throughout the Caribbean along with various cities in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru.

New service between the U.S. and Ecuador will be operated on JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft featuring the airline’s award-winning service with comfortable seating; complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks; free first-run Hollywood movies; and the most legroom in coach.

JetBlue Adds New Connect-the-Dot Routes

JetBlue will introduce four new routes to the airline’s network starting this winter, connecting more customers with destinations across the route map – north to south and east to west. JetBlue will launch new nonstop service starting this winter between:

  • Boston and Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC)
  • Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
  • Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM)
  • Providence’s T. F. Green International Airport (PVD) and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)

Roundtrip flights on all four new routes will operate once daily and advance JetBlue’s leadership position in the Northeast, Florida and the Caribbean. In addition to creating new nonstop choices for travelers, the new Boston and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood routes also open up a variety of new or improved connecting choices for customers traveling through the airline’s focus cities. Seats on all four new routes are on sale today.

JetBlue Adds Flights Where Customers Want Them Most

In addition to the new nonstop JetBlue markets being introduced, the airline will also increase flights on nearly two dozen of its most popular and profitable existing nonstop routes in the Northeast, Florida and the Caribbean. Roughly two-thirds of the added flights will originate in Boston or Fort Lauderdale, accelerating JetBlue’s focus city growth strategy and maintaining the airline’s leadership position in both markets.

In JetBlue’s Boston focus city – in addition to new nonstop Rochester service – the airline will boost flights on nine existing routes. JetBlue will soon offer flights to more than 70 nonstop destinations – more than any other airline – and is the leader in number of customers carried and total daily departures. JetBlue also serves Boston with premium Mint flights to a half dozen destinations. With Mint, JetBlue re-imagined the outdated “business class” service offered by legacy carriers with lie-flat seating, curated food and amenities, and hospitality-trained inflight crewmembers – offered at an affordable price. JetBlue is on track to reach 200 daily departures at Logan in the coming years.

In Fort Lauderdale, JetBlue’s South Florida focus city plays a key role in supporting the airline’s growing route map and offers flights to nearly every corner of the airline’s network from Lima to Los Angeles. It is one of JetBlue’s fastest-growing focus cities, serving customers throughout South Florida and offering a fast and convenient alternative for Miami-Dade travelers. The airline has committed to up to 140 daily departures in the coming years and recently expanded its operation to new gates in Terminal 3 and began utilizing Terminal 1 for additional international arrivals to help support future growth. JetBlue is also the only airline to offer a premium, lie-flat seat on domestic routes in Fort Lauderdale with its Mint flights to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

As New York’s Hometown Airline®, JetBlue will also boost service on a variety of routes customers love from the airline’s home at JFK’s award-winning T5. JetBlue operates 170 daily flights at JFK and served nearly 14 million customers in 2017. Travelers can soon expect more schedule choices on flights to Mexico, Florida, the Caribbean and summer seasonal favorites like Nantucket.

Making Valuable Aircraft Time Available By Reducing Underperforming Flying

To support new city and multi-route expansions, while capitalizing on the strongest parts of the airline’s network, JetBlue will reduce flights in some existing markets. Effective January 8, 2019, JetBlue will eliminate service in:

  • Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB)
    • Once daily New York-JFK service
  • St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX)
    • Once daily San Juan service
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
    • Daily New York-JFK and Boston service

Customers in these affected cities will still be able to access JetBlue service at another airport in the region or will be able to utilize service with JetBlue partner airlines.

Elsewhere on its route map, JetBlue will scale back flying on a number of other underperforming routes and frequencies in January, including certain flights serving Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Santiago, Dominican Republic.

In Mexico City, where JetBlue is launching new service from Boston and New York JFK, the airline will reduce twice daily service from both Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando International Airport (MCO) to once daily between each Florida focus city and the Mexican capital in the first quarter of 2019.

At the Portland International Jetport (PWM) in Maine, JetBlue will transition from year-round daily service to daily summer seasonal service. The final day of current service levels will be January 7, 2019. Service will then resume on a summer seasonal schedule starting in spring 2019. Portland is a customer-favorite destination and sees a strong surge in travel during the warmer months of the year. In response to customer travel patterns and demand, JetBlue will focus on providing the airline’s award-winning service and a customer-friendly schedule during the summer travel season.


Top Copyright Photo (all others by JetBlue): JetBlue Airways ) LGB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 943852.

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JetBlue expands service at Palm Springs, California

jetBlue Vacations special livery

JetBlue Airways today announced it is again expanding its popular Palm Springs, California service with new nonstop Boston flights and an extended flying season in New York. Together the new route and new flights will link the Southern California desert oasis to the northeast with more nonstop service than ever before. JetBlue is the only airline to offer full-seasonal service between Palm Springs and New York City and will be the only airline to fly nonstop between Palm Springs and New England.

JetBlue’s 70th Nonstop City in Boston

JetBlue will add new, twice-weekly seasonal service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) beginning February 14, 2019. Palm Springs will become the 70th nonstop destination from JetBlue’s northeast focus city when the route launches this winter and advances JetBlue’s position as the number one airline Boston in number of flights, nonstop destinations and customers carried.

JetBlue will operate the new route using its Airbus A320 aircraft featuring the airline’s award-winning service with comfortable seating; complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks; more than 100 channels of free SIRIUSXM® radio programming and 36 channels of free, live DIRECTV® programming on personal seatback televisions; free Fly-Fi high-speed broadband internet service (a), access to JetBlue’s Hub content on personal devices, on-demand first-run Hollywood movies and the most legroom in coach (b).

Monday and Thursday Schedule between Boston (BOS) and Palm Springs (PSP)
February 14, 2019 – April 30, 2019

BOS – PSP Flight #1405 PSP – BOS Flight #1406
5:01 p.m. – 8:31 p.m. 9:26 p.m. – 5:30 a.m. (+1)

New to New York: Longer Season, Larger Aircraft & More Mint

At New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), JetBlue will extend the Palm Springs flying season through Memorial Day 2019, a month later than typically offered in previous years. This comes as the airline prepares to launch JetBlue’s fourth season of service more than a month earlier than in previous seasons on October 10, 2018.

Additionally, in response to strong customer demand, JetBlue will operate its all-Core Airbus A321 aircraft on the New York-Palm Springs route daily during the peak of the season from February 14, 2019 through April 30, 2019. The larger aircraft will offer up to 50 additional seats in each direction every day. JetBlue’s A321 with the airline’s new core experience features 10-inch television screens offering free entertainment, comfortable seats with the most legroom in coach (b) and power outlets accessible to all customers. All A321 aircraft offer JetBlue’s free Fly-Fi high-speed broadband internet service (a), access to JetBlue’s Hub content on personal devices and on-demand first-runHollywood movies.

Lastly, JetBlue has added additional Saturday Mint flights between New York-JFK and Palm Springs during peak travel weekends in January and February 2019. Like previously announced Palm Springs Mint service – which is set to operate daily over the holiday peak between December 20, 2018 and January 3, 2019 – the newly added Saturday Mint flights will operate as daylight flights in both directions in place of evening and overnight service.

Mint offers a completely rethought design and a more personal approach to service, addressing the needs of the modern traveler. Mint showcases JetBlue’s exceptional hospitality from specially trained crewmembers. Favorite Mint features include lie-flat seating, a signature cocktail, a tapas-style menu by New York City restaurant Saxon + Parole, fresh espresso from the first purpose-built cappuccino machine for a U.S. airline, amenity kits by Hayward and Hopper, and dessert from local artisanal ice cream makers based in Mint cities.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Palm Springs (PSP)
October 10, 2018 – May 27, 2019

JFK – PSP Flight #149 PSP – JFK Flight #150
5:33 p.m. – 8:46 p.m. 9:36 p.m. – 5:31 a.m. (+1)

Daily Mint Schedule between New York (JFK) and Palm Springs (PSP)
December 20, 2018 – January 3, 2019

JFK – PSP Flight #149 PSP – JFK Flight #150
10:55 a.m. – 2:01 p.m. 3:18 p.m. – 11:18 p.m.

Saturday Mint Schedule between New York (JFK) and Palm Springs (PSP)
January 12, 2019 – February 9, 2019

JFK – PSP Flight #149 PSP – JFK Flight #150
8:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. 12:35 p.m. – 8:36 p.m.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by JetBlue): JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N603JB (msn 2352) (jetBlue vacations) BWI (Tony Storck). Image: 943454.

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JetBlue celebrates Puerto Rico and supports tourism to the island with its newest livery: Bluericua

"Bluericua", a salute to Puerto Rico

JetBlue Airways has today officially announced its new “Bluericua” logo jet in support of Puerto Rico although the aircraft has been flying in this livery since September 15, 2018. Here is the formal announcement:

JetBlue Airways, Puerto Rico’s largest airline, has unveiled its latest special livery, which is dedicated to “La Isla del Encanto.”

The Airbus A320 aircraft – registered as N779JB – is named “Bluericua,” blending JetBlue’s brand with the affectionate name for people of Puerto Rican descent. This custom-designed livery is inspired by JetBlue’s admiration for Puerto Rico’s dynamic culture, stunning beauty and the passionate spirit of its community.

Bluericua is a very public display reaffirming JetBlue’s commitment to Puerto Rico and takes the airline’s celebration of Puerto Rican culture to new heights. This special livery reminds those who see it of the reasons they should choose Puerto Rico for their next vacation and will inspire Puerto Ricans outside of the island to take a trip home to visit family and friends.

Bluericua was designed with help from a group of JetBlue crewmembers based in San Juan, Aguadilla and Ponce, Puerto Rico. Together, they identified the quintessential cultural symbols that will promote Puerto Rico as Bluericua travels throughout the JetBlue system.

Bluericua’s starting point is its vibrant shade of blue – the brightest JetBlue has used in its fleet, in keeping with the vibrancy of the island. Emerging from this vibrant backdrop is the iconic Puerto Rican skyline near El Morro, where seven kites are being flown, representing seven symbols of the island’s culture that include:

  • A Single Star, as inspired by the Puerto Rican flag
  • A Hexagon Kite, in the traditional “chiringa” style for Puerto Rico
  • Dominoes, the ever-present game at gatherings, with the double 6 being the highest tile
  • A Coqui, the singing tree frog and the unofficial symbol of Puerto Rico
  • A Hibiscus, the national flower of Puerto Rico
  • An Iguaca, the parrot found exclusively in El Yunque National Forest
  • and a Tambourine, to celebrate the importance and popularity of music in Puerto Rican culture

Flying kites is a beloved pastime for the Puerto Rican community, and Bluericua celebrates this tradition that brings together family and friends. Bluericua’s kites start out at the Puerto Rican skyline and fly in unison toward the aircraft’s tail fin, evoking feelings of being carefree and happy – all emotions that a trip to Puerto Rico can deliver.

“Bluericua is our way of celebrating Puerto Rico’s resiliency and its culture. There is so much that Puerto Ricans can be proud of, and our crewmembers did a great job of identifying those prominent symbols that represent the island’s rich culture, heritage and natural beauty,” said Marty St. George, JetBlue’s executive vice president of commercial and planning. “We remain committed to promoting tourism to Puerto Rico, as the island is open and ready to welcome visitors, family and friends.”

“The Government of Puerto Rico acknowledges and thanks JetBlue for its firm commitment to the development of local economy and tourism of the Island, creating new jobs, expanding its routes and frequency of flights to Puerto Rico, through its JetBlue 100×35 initiative, and now celebrating and giving wide visibility to the Puerto Rican culture with the newly designed Bluericua livery,” said the chief executive.

Rosselló also added that “very few destinations have a dedicated aircraft, much less as a gift from JetBlue. We are honored to receive this detail from this important partner for us, which demonstrates the strong collaboration between JetBlue and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company”.

“JetBlue has been a great partner and ally of the Puerto Rican community for over 16 years. The airline’s commitment to the Island, has been showcased during the past year, with the implementation of a series of programs to support every step of our recovery. The partnership between the Government of Puerto Rico and JetBlue is stronger today than it has ever been. Today, we thank JetBlue for this new livery, which celebrates Puerto Rican culture. ‘Bluericua’ will generate great attention for our destination in all markets that JetBlue serves and will serve as a reminder of the diversity and authenticity of our offering,” said Carla Campos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

Bluericua made a special visit to San Juan with a lively airport celebration hosted by JetBlue and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, with the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, on hand to welcome the aircraft to its cultural home for the first time. Bluericua later operated its first commercial flight for customers from San Juan traveling to Boston, continuing the celebration in the air.

Celebrating the Puerto Rican Community and Its Recovery

JetBlue recently launched a campaign that pays homage to the beloved practice of spontaneous applause once a flight lands in Puerto Rico, along with some of the island’s iconic music. JetBlue teamed up with Puerto Rican musicians Ángel “Cucco” Peña and Víctor Manuelle to create a surprise and delight experience for customers traveling on a recent New York JFK-San Juan flight to celebrate the tradition. Victor Manuelle led an improvised rhythmic chant, incorporating the famous applause with live music, all while inviting JetBlue customers to join the fun during an aircraft-wide celebration.

Earlier this spring, JetBlue returned to pre-hurricane capacity, offering up to 48 daily flights between Puerto Rico and 13 cities in the mainland US, the US Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic. JetBlue also welcomed 50 new ground and airport operations crewmembers. Puerto Rico is home to nearly 500 JetBlue crew members who support the airline’s operations in its focus city of San Juan, as well as in Aguadilla and Ponce.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by JetBlue): JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N779JB (msn 3811) (Bluericua) SJU (Raul Sepulveda). Image: 943618.

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JetBlue brings EatUp® Café fresh food to more Latin America and Caribbean routes

JetBlue Airways today announced that starting this month it will now offer fresh food on select Latin America and Caribbean routes for the very first time.

Popular on domestic long-haul flights, EatUp Café menu items are now available for purchase on international flights longer than four hours departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). Additionally this month, the airline introduced three all-new EatUp snack boxes featuring refreshed, curated treats for all tastes.

“We are always looking for new ways to push the envelope when it comes to serving food at 35,000 feet,” said Elizabeth Windram, vice president of marketing, JetBlue. “Imagine having a Mediterranean salad shaker on your way to Costa Rica. The Latin America and Caribbean regions account for one-third of our flying, so it’s only natural that we bring this fresh food offering to even more JetBlue customers.”

Bringing EatUp Café to More Latin America and Caribbean Routes

EatUp Café has been available on more than two dozen transcontinental routes from John F. Kennedy International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Now, the airline is bringing its popular fresh food offering to more Latin America and Caribbean flights, providing customers with freshly-prepared meals on more than 70 domestic and international routes combined.

New Routes to/from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and:

Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda (ANU)

Nassau, Bahamas (NAS)

Aruba (AUA)

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP)

Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI)

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos (PLS)

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQN)

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP)

Cartagena, Colombia (CTG)

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (POS)

Curaçao (CUR)

Ponce, Puerto Rico (PSE)

Grenada (GND)

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ)

Grand Cayman (GCM)

St. Lucia (UVF)

Havana, Cuba (HAV)

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)

Kingston, Jamaica (KIN)

San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)

Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)

Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI)

La Romana, Dominican Republic (LRM)

St. Maarten (SXM)

Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ)

New Routes to/from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and:

Aruba (AUA)

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic (POP)

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico (BQN)

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ)

Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI)

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ)

Cancun, Mexico (CUN)

San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU)

Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR)

Santiago, Dominican Republic (STI)

Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ)

St. Lucia (UVF)

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP)

Available on flights scheduled to depart between 5:57 a.m. – 8:59 p.m.

Fresh food is not available on overnight flights.

Introducing Three New EatUp Snack Boxes

JetBlue’s new EatUp snack boxes – FuelUp, SavorUp and PartyUp – are now available for purchase onboard domestic and international flights longer than two hours.

The refreshed options offer delicacies for the most discerning foodies, and feature a variety of curated brand-name treats, allowing customers to indulge in their choice of high protein, Mediterranean-inspired or easily shareable snacks. JetBlue will continue to offer its signature PickMeUp cheese tray in addition to the three new boxes.

Products may not be available on all flights and product substitutions may take place. JetBlue only accepts credit cards, debit cards or Apple Pay onboard.

All photos by JetBlue Airways.

JetBlue and Airbus take to the sky using renewable jet fuel

JetBlue Airways today received its latest Airbus A321 aircraft from Airbus’ U.S. A320 Family production facility in Mobile, Alabama. The acceptance flight followed by JetBlue’s scheduled ferry flight, taking place on September 20, marks JetBlue’s first-ever flights fueled with renewable jet fuel blend. The fuel for these flights, provided by Airbus and certified by Air BP, consists of 15.5 percent renewable jet fuel blended with traditional jet fuel.

Four more A321 aircraft will be delivered to JetBlue from Airbus’s U.S. facility by the end of 2018. All of these customer acceptance and delivery flights will be fueled with renewable jet fuel. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved renewable jet fuel safe for use. Renewable jet fuel is chemically equivalent to conventional jet-A fuel, and poses no difference in performance or safety. To date, thousands of commercial, revenue flights have flown on different types of renewable jet fuel.

Following the deliveries in the U.S. to JetBlue, Airbus will determine the next steps toward offering this option to more customers taking aircraft deliveries from Mobile. Longer term, Airbus envisions supporting industrial production of sustainable fuels for aviation in the U.S. In another commitment to sustainability throughout the aircraft’s lifecycle, Airbus also announced its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile officially received its ISO 14001 certification. Airbus was the first aircraft manufacturer to be certified ISO 14001 for all its sites, products and services.

JetBlue is proactive about mitigating the impact of changes in the fuel market by flying more efficient aircraft, optimizing its fuel consumption, moving to renewable jet fuel, and more. With an aviation industry-wide goal to cap net greenhouse gas growth from 2020 onward, renewable jet fuel is a key aspect of JetBlue’s emissions reduction strategy. In 2016, JetBlue signed a deal and made an offtake agreement with SJ Preston for renewable jet fuel at New York’s JFK Airport.

JetBlue’s Focus on the Environment – JetBlue depends on natural resources and a healthy environment to keep its business running smoothly. The airline is committed to taking steps to address the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from its flights and empowers and inspires its customers and crewmembers to offset GHG emissions when they fly. The airline is constantly looking for ways to become more fuel efficient and embrace efficient technologies. For example, JetBlue planes feature Airbus’ Sharklets, which improve aerodynamics and cut fuel burn and emissions.

JetBlue introduces “Bluericua” as a salute to Puerto Rico

JetBlue Airways has introduced a new “Bluericua” special livery as a salute to Puerto Rico on the pictured Airbus A320-232 N779JB (msn 3811).

Top Copyright Photo: Eric Dunetz.

Bottom Photo: Tampa International Airport.