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American Airlines and JetBlue begin growth from New York and Boston with 33 new routes, joint schedules and codeshare flights

American Airlines made this announcement:

American Airlines Group Inc.and JetBlue are delivering on their promise to introduce better travel choices on routes to and from New York (JFK, LGA and EWR) and Boston (BOS), as they launch nearly 80 codeshare flights and enhanced schedules on key routes. American is also introducing 18 new routes beginning this summer, including six new routes from JFK to Latin America and the Caribbean. Codeshare flights are available for purchase today for travel starting Feb. 25, and American’s new summer flights from New York and Boston will be available for purchase Feb. 22.

American and JetBlue announced their Northeast Alliance in July, followed by the airlines’ intent to introduce key elements of the alliance after review by the Department of Transportation in January.

“Our alliance with American opens the door for JetBlue to successfully enter into new markets, introducing more choices and our award-winning service and low fares to more customers,” said Scott Laurence, head of revenue and planning, JetBlue. “The alliance is also essential to getting our planes back in the air profitably and crew members working again.”

New routes

The Northeast Alliance opens up new growth opportunities for both carriers by finding ways to better utilize existing gates and slots in congested Northeast airports while offering customers a seamless travel experience.

International Growth

On May 6, American will launch three new daily routes from JFK to Colombia – Cali (CLO), Bogota (BOG) and Medellin (MDE) – and will begin flying three times per week to Santiago, Chile (SCL) from JFK on a Boeing 777-200, until flights begin operating daily in November. Sun-seeking customers can also look forward to new Saturday service from JFK to the soothing waves in St. Lucia (UVF) and the beautiful beaches in Turks and Caicos (PLS) beginning on June 5, complementing JetBlue’s existing service..

Domestic Growth

This summer, American will also launch 12 new domestic routes, from New York (JFK and LGA) and Boston (BOS), including the following:

Origin Destination Season
BOS Asheville, North Carolina (AVL) June 5 – Nov. 6
BOS Columbus, Ohio (CMH) Aug. 17, year-round
BOS Jackson Hole, Wyoming (JAC) June 5 – Sept. 4
BOS Traverse City, Michigan (TVC) June 5 – Sept. 6
BOS Wilmington, North Carolina (ILM) June 5 – Aug. 14
JFK Orange County, California (SNA) June 2, year-round
LGA Kansas City, Missouri (MCI) Sept. 8, year-round
LGA Key West, Florida (EYW) June 5 – Sept. 4
LGA Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (MYR) June 3 – Sept. 7
LGA Pensacola, Florida (PNS) June 3 – Sept. 7
LGA Rapid City, South Dakota (RAP) June 5 – Sept. 4
LGA Savannah, Georgia (SAV) June 3 – Sept. 7

Also launching this summer is previously announced service from LGA to Glacier National Park in Kalispell, Montana, (FCA) and to TVC. As part of the codeshare with JetBlue, all new routes will be operated by American, but available for booking on aa.com or JetBlue.com.

Enhanced schedules in key markets

Customers will soon benefit from aligned schedules in key markets supported by the reciprocal codeshare. Beginning in April, American and JetBlue will offer more flights than any other carrier when they coordinate convenient schedules on the popular New York (JFK and EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX) route. Customers will have the most choices — 14 daily flights — between the two carriers and will have access to the state-of-the art Airbus A321T aircraft or JetBlue’s A321 aircraft featuring Mint. American and JetBlue will also provide enhanced schedules between the following markets:

Origin Destination
BOS Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
BOS MIA
BOS Washington, D.C. (DCA)
BOS West Palm Beach (PBI)
LGA BOS
LGA DCA
New York (JFK and EWR) Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
New York (JFK and EWR) LAX
New York (JFK and EWR) MIA
New York (JFK and EWR) San Francisco (SFO)
New York (JFK and EWR) West Palm Beach (PBI)

Codeshare flights begin next week

Codeshare on domestic flights are available for purchase today for flights beginning Feb. 25. American’s customers will have access to 49 codeshare routes on JetBlue, while JetBlue customers will have access to more than 25 routes on American. The airlines expect to begin codesharing sales on the new international routes soon.* As with all American-marketed codeshare flights, AAdvantage members will be able to earn miles.

A long-standing industry practice, codesharing provides access to a broader network by allowing travelers to book a single itinerary directly with their preferred airline for flights operated by a partner airline. The first routes available for purchase will include domestic point-to-point markets, some operated by only one carrier and others operated by both airlines.

More Northeast markets, including connections operated by a mix of both airlines through Boston and New York, will be added regularly throughout the first half of this year. All flights are bookable on aa.com, making booking easy and familiar for American’s customers.

What’s next?

Now that the partnership is underway, customers can look forward to easier booking with more flight choices on either aa.com or JetBlue.com. As previously announced, American will also begin new international service from JFK to Tel Aviv (TLV) and Athens (ATH) this summer — the first long-haul flights from JFK in more than four years, followed by service to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) from JFK this winter.

This spring, customers of both American’s AAdvantage® and JetBlue’s TrueBlue programs will enjoy the benefit of earning points or miles on either carrier, further enhancing the value of both loyalty programs to all flyers. Over time, customers will also be able to redeem points or miles on either carrier and the airlines are exploring opportunities to recognize American’s AAdvantage elite members and JetBlue Mosaic customers across both airlines. More details will be announced to loyalty program members later this year.

Today, JetBlue also announced new service coming this summer from JFK, LGA, EWR and BOS. Learn more about their exciting new flights to more than a dozen new markets, including destinations like Boise and Glacier National Park.

*All international flights and codesharing are subject to government approval.

JetBlue Airways made this announcement:

JetBlue Airways and American Airlines today announced the launch of the first phase of their new Northeast Alliance, aimed at bringing customers more competitive choices in New York and Boston. Beginning today, nearly 80 routes sharing the JetBlue and American codes are available for booking as the airlines enhance schedules on key routes to and from the northeast. In addition, JetBlue today announced 15 new routes, including new service from Newark and New York-LGA as well as two all-new seasonal cities from New York-JFK. Together with American, the two airlines are introducing 33 new routes as part of the first phase of their alliance.

“Our alliance with American opens the door for JetBlue to successfully enter into new markets, introducing more choices and our award-winning service and low fares to more customers,” said Scott Laurence, head of revenue and planning, JetBlue. “The alliance is also essential to getting our planes back in the air profitably and crew members working again.”

“This is the first step to delivering the best customer proposition with the biggest network in New York and Boston,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Chief Revenue Officer. “In the months ahead, we’ll continue to create a seamless experience that’s easy for our customers, supports our communities and leads to more growth for our team.”

Codesharing & Loyalty

JetBlue’s codeshare with American begins February 25, 2021, with this first phase of flights on sale starting today. Initially, JetBlue’s code is being placed on more than two dozen American routes and American’s code is being placed on more than four dozen JetBlue routes. These first routes include domestic point-to-point markets. More northeast markets, including connections operated by a mix of both airlines through both Boston and New York, will be added regularly throughout the first half of this year. All flights are bookable on jetblue.com, making booking easy and familiar to JetBlue Customers.

A long-standing industry practice, codesharing allows travelers to book directly with their preferred airline for flights operated by a partner airline. It’s one more way JetBlue brings its award-winning customer service to the new alliance.

This spring, customers of both JetBlue’s TrueBlue and American’s AAdvantage® programs will be able to enjoy reciprocal benefits, starting with the ability to earn points or miles on either carrier, enhancing the value of both loyalty programs to all flyers.

Over time, Customers will also be able to redeem points or miles on either carrier. Further, the airlines are exploring opportunities to recognize JetBlue Mosaic customers and American’s AAdvantage elite members across both airlines. In addition to more details being announced to loyalty program members throughout this year, JetBlue and American will be revealing enhancements to the customer experience and additional offerings through JetBlue Vacations.

Enhanced Schedules in Key Markets

JetBlue’s Northeast alliance with American opens new growth opportunities for both carriers by finding ways to better utilize existing gates and slots in congested Northeast airports while offering a seamless travel experience.

Customers will soon benefit from aligned schedules in Boston and New York, which allow Customers from each airline better timed flights and more frequencies. Effective April 2021 the following schedules will be offered between:

  • New York and Los Angeles (LAX)
    • JetBlue will offer up to eight daily flights.
    • American will offer up to six daily flights.
    • The combined 14 daily flights – with service to and from both New York’s John F. Kennedy international Airport (JFK) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – will provide customers with hourly service.
  • New York and Boston
    • JetBlue will offer up to six daily flights.
    • American will offer up to three daily flights.
    • The combined nine daily flights – with service to and from New York’s John F. Kennedy international Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – will provide customers with every other hour service.
  • New York and South Florida
    • JetBlue will offer up to 27 daily flights.
    • American will offer up to 20 daily flights.
    • The combined 47 daily flights – with service between New York’s John F. Kennedy international Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Miami International Airport (MIA) and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) – will provide customers with more than hourly service.
  • Boston and Washington, D.C. (DCA)
    • JetBlue will offer up to four daily flights.
    • American will offer up to seven daily flights.
    • The combined 11 daily flights will provide customers with close to hourly service.
  • Boston and South Florida
    • JetBlue will offer up to 14 daily flights.
    • American will offer up to eight daily flights.
    • The combined 22 daily flights – with service between Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Miami International Airport (MIA) and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) – will provide customers with more than hourly service.

Additional daily departures will be added in these markets during peak summer travel periods and beyond, further improving options for travelers.

Effective summer 2021, JetBlue and American will further optimize additional schedules including – but not limited to – flights between:

  • Boston and Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Boston and Chicago (ORD)
  • New York and San Francisco
  • New York and Atlanta
  • New York and Dallas (DFW)
  • New York and Chicago (ORD)
  • New York and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

More detailed timing, specific schedules and seats on sale for expanded markets launching this summer will be announced soon.

New and Expanding Seasonal Destinations

JetBlue also announced the opening of two new JetBlue cities, which will further diversify the airline’s flying and grow its presence in the western U.S.

New summer seasonal flights at Kalispell, Montana’s Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) in the northwest corner of the state launch July 1, 2021, with nonstop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Flights will operate up to three times weekly through September 7, 2021, with seats on sale February 23, 2021.

Glacier Park International Airport is the closest airport to Glacier National Park and is located just 30 miles from the West Entrance of the park. Glacier’s pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes make it one of the nation’s top outdoor destinations. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker’s paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and nature.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Kalispell/Glacier Park International Airport (FCA)
Up to 3x Weekly starting July 1, 2021

JFK – FCA Flight #2345

FCA – JFK Flight #2346

7:30 p.m. – 11:02 p.m.

11:55 p.m. – 6:18 a.m. (+1)

New summer seasonal service at Boise Airport (BOI) in Idaho launches July 2, 2021, with nonstop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). JetBlue will operate the only nonstop service between Idaho’s capital and the Northeast and it will be the Boise Airport’s longest flight. Flights will operate up to four times weekly through September 6, 2021, with seats on sale February 23, 2021.

Boise becomes JetBlue’s first destination in Idaho and the 31st state served by the airline. Boise is a rare blend of urban and outdoors, active and relaxing, family-friendly and welcoming. It has unique sites and attractions, diverse cultural offerings and unlimited recreation, including close access to some of the country’s most sought after white water rafting and skiing destinations. At the foot of the scenic Boise Front, Boise boasts several Fortune 500 companies with national and international headquarters or divisions, sprawling high-tech campuses and a major university with a distinctive blue football field. This city, with a river running through it, enjoys its easily accessible outdoors as much as its eclectic urban offerings.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Boise Airport (BOI)
Up to 4x Weekly starting July 2, 2021

JFK – BOI Flight #2741

BOI – JFK Flight #2742

7:15 p.m. – 11:01 p.m.

11:55 p.m. – 6:30 a.m. (+1)

JetBlue will operate both new routes using its Airbus A320 aircraft.

In addition to introducing new seasonal cities in Montana and Idaho, JetBlue announced its recently launched winter seasonal service at Key West International Airport (EYW) will expand to year-round flying. Key West is served up to four times weekly from both New York-JFK and Boston.

New Flying in New York

As a result of the Northeast alliance, JetBlue also announced it will add more than a dozen new markets in greater New York City with new destinations offered at both LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The routes – which go on sale February 23, 2021 – strengthen JetBlue’s position as New York’s Hometown Airline®, help grow the airline’s presence in key regions and introduce more competition and new, competitive choices for customers in these markets.

New service launching July 1, 2021 between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and:

  • Antigua’s V. C. Bird International Airport (ANU) (c)
    • Up to 3x Weekly
  • Aguadilla, Puerto Rico’s Rafael Hernández Airport (BQN)
    • Daily
  • Cartagena, Colombia’s Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) (d)
    • Up to 4x Weekly
  • Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY)
    • Summer seasonal, up to 2x Daily, 5x per Week
  • Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK)
    • Summer seasonal, up to 2x Daily, 5x per Week
  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP) (c)
    • Up to 4x Weekly
  • Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic’s Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) (c)
    • Up to 5x Weekly
  • Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
    • Summer seasonal, Daily
  • St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) (c)
    • Up to 3x Weekly, Mint offered select Saturdays
  • St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands’ Cyril E. King Airport (STT)
    • Up to 4x Weekly

New service between New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and:

  • Charleston International Airport (CHS)
    • Daily
  • Denver International Airport (DEN)
    • 2x Daily
  • Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY)
    • Summer seasonal, Daily

Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket routes will be flown on JetBlue’s Embraer 190 aircraft. All other new routes will be operated on the A320 aircraft.

American’s Additional Flying

Today American Airlines also announced a series of updates to its flying schedule, including six new international markets across the Caribbean and South America served from New York-JFK and 18 new domestic routes to and from the Northeast. New routes announced today by American launch in May and June, and will be on sale on Monday, Feb. 22. This follows American’s previously announced new service between New York-JFK and Tel Aviv, Athens and Rio de Janeiro, which are on sale now.

JetBlue’s pilots reject the American-JetBlue tentative agreement

ALPA issued this statement:

JetBlue pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), rejected a tentative agreement that would have given the company contractual relief in order to implement JetBlue’s full partnership with American Airlines. More than 92 percent of eligible voters participated and, of those, 53.7 percent voted against the agreement.

“Job security, especially during turbulent points in our industry, is a main concern of every pilot,” said Capt. Chris Kenney, chairman of the JetBlue unit of ALPA. “We train for years and spend nights far from home in order to be a pilot. For any agreement to proceed, JetBlue management must provide acceptable assurances that our jobs are safe and valued for years to come.”

The scope clauses in the 2018 collective bargaining agreement between the pilots and JetBlue restrict the types of code-share and joint venture arrangements JetBlue may undertake. The tentative agreement gave some relief from these limits with respect to the American Airlines partnership for the next 10 years in exchange for an additional pay raise and some enhancement in job security.

“JetBlue pilots fought for years to achieve the security provided in our contractual scope, and the pilots are committed to JetBlue’s long-term success,” continued Capt. Kenney. “If JetBlue wants this full partnership with American to be implemented and successful, they will need the pilots to be part of it. To do that, JetBlue management must show the same level of commitment to its pilots with contractual assurances that protect our jobs and provide meaningful career improvements. We stand ready to work toward an acceptable resolution of these issues.”

JetBlue marks its 21st anniversary with first flights to Miami and Key West

JetBlue Airways announced the start of new service in Miami and Key West, Florida. with the airline’s first flights arriving in each city earlier today. The move brings JetBlue’s award-winning service and low fares to more travelers in South Florida and introduces new markets to customer bases in the Northeast and on the West Coast.

JetBlue now operates daily nonstop service between Miami International Airport (MIA) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Service between Miami and the Northeast cities operate throughout the day with convenient departure times in each direction. Flights between Miami and Los Angeles feature JetBlue’s award-winning Mint premium service for the cross-country route.

Miami International Airport was the busiest airport in the U.S. not served by JetBlue. New service will further expand JetBlue’s presence in Florida, advance the airline’s focus city growth strategies in the Northeast and on the West Coast and introduce a new, high-demand market to JetBlue’s large customer bases in New York, Boston and Los Angeles. At the same time, Miami service builds on the strengths of the airline’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) focus city and service at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) to reach more customers in South Florida.

JetBlue operates routes between Miami and the Northeast using its Airbus A320 aircraft and Los Angeles service with its A321 aircraft with Mint.

At the southernmost point of the Sunshine State, JetBlue now operates new seasonal nonstop service at Key West International Airport (EYW) four times weekly. The popular island city will be served from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) starting February 11, 2021.

Located right in the City of Key West, just two miles from the main center or town, Key West International Airport conveniently delivers visitors right to the doorstep of all the island has to offer. The airport also serves as an easy gateway to the neighboring Lower Keys and Marathon, which offer their own array of special attractions and picture perfect backdrops.

New Key West routes are flown on JetBlue’s Embraer 190 aircraft.

JetBlue unveils a completely reimagined Mint

JetBlue Airways today unveiled a reimagined version of its popular Mint experience, which first disrupted the market with a fresh take on premium travel at an “unpremium” price in 2014. JetBlue’s first complete redesign of Mint again sets a new standard – this time on transatlantic flights – featuring 24 private suites with a sliding door for every Mint customer, a custom-designed seat cushion by Tuft & Needle, and countless design touches that help every customer feel at home in the air. As part of the refresh, JetBlue will also introduce its latest innovation, the stunning Mint Studio, which will offer the most space in a premium experience from any U.S. airline (a).

“Mint was an idea to make premium travel across the U.S. less stuffy and more affordable, and its performance has exceeded even our most optimistic expectations of going beyond New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer, JetBlue. “It’s remarkable how Mint’s thoughtful design has resonated with customers as we successfully grew it to more than 30 routes. We put our heart into this redesign of Mint and were inspired by our original vision of offering customers an exceptional experience at a lower fare – which is what JetBlue is all about.”

The first major design overhaul of Mint – designed in partnership with Acumen Design Associates – will launch on JetBlue’s highly anticipated London flights this summer, and a 16-seat layout will debut on a limited number of flights between New York and Los Angeles in 2021.

Introducing the New Mint Experience

  • We made every seat a suite: Inspired by the popularity of the four private suites in its current Mint configuration, JetBlue’s transatlantic Mint will offer more privacy with 24 individual suites. Every inch of space anticipates customer needs, with features including a tilting 17-inch Thales AVANT seatback screen, wireless charging capabilities, an integrated phone ledge for multitasking, and easy-to-reach in-seat power, as well as laptop, shoe and handbag stowage.

    JetBlue is the first carrier to outfit its aircraft with Thompson Aero Seating’s VantageSOLO seat, the company’s revolutionary single aisle seating solution with a herringbone configuration developed and designed specifically for narrow-body aircraft and further customized for JetBlue.

  • Mint Studio is the pinnacle of space and privacy: The all-new Mint Studio – conceptualized by Acumen and developed in partnership with AIM Altitude – is JetBlue’s latest game-changing innovation, offering the most space in a premium experience from any U.S. airline. Each aircraft will have two Mint Studios in the first row, providing ample room for working or relaxing, and featuring a 22-inch tilting Thales AVANT seatback screen, an extra side table for added productivity, and a guest seat that can accommodate an additional Mint customer during flight at cruising altitude. When reclined, customers can kick back and relax on the largest lie-flat bed of any U.S. carrier (b).
  • Our proprietary seat design is truly a bed in the sky: JetBlue tapped Tuft & Needle, the innovative mattress company that pioneered the bed-in-a-box trend, to shape the entire Mint sleep experience onboard. Engineered for comfort, every Mint seat is layered with Tuft & Needle’s proprietary T&N Adaptive® foam and a breathable cover to create a cool and comfortable sleep experience unlike anything in the sky. The seat complements additional sleep amenities developed in partnership with the brand, including a convertible blanket with a built-in foot pocket, a memory foam lined pillow with a pillowcase, and a snooze kit with a matching eye mask and earplugs.

Bringing the JetBlue Touch to Transatlantic Travel

JetBlue’s latest version of Mint will feature a thoughtful, residential-inspired design and custom-for-JetBlue touches throughout the cabin interior.

  • Residential textures, such as flannel-covered privacy dividers, concrete lampshades, woodgrain table patterns and soft, vegan leather-covered seats and headrests, make customers feel at home in the air.
  • Custom-created suite gradient panels bring light into the cabin, while patterned door shrouds with the signature Mint leaf make a bold brand statement in a functional way.
  • First-of-its-kind mood lighting enhances the inflight experience, and a welcoming blue floor arc helps direct the customer boarding flow.

Transatlantic Mint product features and design elements, combined with the award-winning service from hospitality-trained Mint inflight crewmembers, will offer an elevated flying experience for a fraction of what other airlines charge for premium seats.

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JetBlue announces fourth quarter 2020 results

JetBlue Airways Corporation today reported its results for the fourth quarter 2020:

  • Reported GAAP loss per share of ($1.34) in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to a diluted earnings per share of $0.56 in the fourth quarter of 2019. Adjusted loss per share was ($1.53)(1) in the fourth quarter of 2020 versus adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.56(1) in the fourth quarter of 2019. Note A to this earnings release includes the GAAP to Non-GAAP reconciliation between reported and adjusted diluted earnings per share.
  • GAAP pre-tax loss of ($512) million in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to a pre-tax income of $220 million in the fourth quarter of 2019. Excluding one-time items, adjusted pre-tax loss of ($581) million(1) in the fourth quarter of 2020 versus adjusted pre-tax income of $221 million(1) in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Operational Highlights from the Fourth Quarter

  • Fourth quarter 2020 revenue declined 67% year over year as a result of the impact of COVID-19. The decline is better than our prior expectations for the quarter of a 70% decline, and represents a nine-point sequential improvement quarter over quarter, mainly driven by solid booking trends in October and improving volumes in the back half of December.
  • Reduced fourth quarter 2020 capacity by 47% year over year, in line with our planning assumption of a decrease between 45% and 50%, as a result of actions taken to manage cash burn and protect liquidity.
  • Operating expenses declined 38% year over year. Excluding special items, adjusted operating expenses(1) declined 34% year over year compared to our planning assumption of a decrease of at least 30%. The results were driven by capacity actions taken to reduce variable costs and fixed cost reductions achieved by adjusting work schedules and managing external spend.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

  • JetBlue ended the fourth quarter of 2020 with approximately $3.1 billion in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments, or 38% of 2019 revenue.
  • JetBlue repaid $100 million in regularly scheduled debt and finance lease obligations during the fourth quarter of 2020.
  • JetBlue has taken the following measures in the fourth quarter to manage liquidity:
    • Raised over $700 million with an equity offering and sale-leaseback transactions.
    • Continued to execute significant variable and fixed cost savings through aggressive capacity management and executing our cost reduction plan.
    • Redeployed assets to capture short-term, tactical cash generation opportunities.
  • Resulting from the actions taken, JetBlue’s average daily cash burn in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $6.7 million, towards the lower end of the $6 to $8 million range previously expected.
  • Starting this quarter, we will transition from reporting “all-in” cash burn to EBITDA. We believe that this metric brings better visibility to JetBlue’s underlying performance as we move towards recovery.

Fuel Expense and Hedging

The realized fuel price in the fourth quarter 2020 was $1.31 per gallon, a 37% decline versus fourth quarter 2019 realized fuel price of $2.07.

As of January 28th 2021, JetBlue has not entered into forward fuel derivative contracts to hedge its fuel consumption for the first quarter of 2021. Based on the forward curve as of January 15th, JetBlue expects an average all-in price per gallon of fuel of $1.61 in the first quarter of 2021.

Our Recovery Plan and Actions Taken to Position JetBlue for Future Success

“2020 was a year like no other, as the COVID-19 pandemic challenged our industry in ways we have never seen before. The very foundation of our business model – our culture, our passion for customer service, and our focus on safety – continue to guide us as we march towards recovery,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Despite the financial results, I’m proud of what our crewmembers have accomplished in this extraordinary year. I could not be more confident in our future. Our team not only managed through the ongoing demand challenges, but made important progress on strategic initiatives – including revenue, capacity and cost actions.

As we moved through 2020, we meaningfully reduced our cash burn, and are starting to shift our focus to rebuilding our margins. We remain cautiously optimistic that demand trends will improve later this year. More importantly, this crisis has made us a more agile, creative and resilient airline, and we believe our initiatives will allow us to emerge with structurally better margins.”

Action Plan, Revenue and Capacity

“Delivering consistently on our Safety from the Ground Up Program remains one of the top reasons why customers are returning to air travel and choosing JetBlue. Our focus remains on cleanliness, reduced touchpoints and air quality, and we are also prioritizing efforts to educate our customers about the changing regulatory requirements associated with air travel, whether that is testing, quarantine, or documentation requirements. We know many customers want to travel, and we are trying to help them more easily navigate the changing requirements,” said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

“Despite this progress in the fourth quarter, our geographic challenges persist, with increasing case counts and continued quarantine measures, particularly in the northeast and California. For the first quarter of 2021, our planning assumption for revenue is a decline of between (65) and (70)% year over two. We saw increased demand for Martin Luther King weekend, and are seeing a similar pattern for Presidents’ Day weekend, but we don’t anticipate traffic to reach the levels of late December.”

Financial Performance and Outlook

“Our average daily cash burn for the fourth quarter was $6.7 million, towards the lower end of the $6 to $8 million range we anticipated in early December. This was the result of variable cost savings achieved through a balanced approach to capacity, and our actions to minimize fixed costs across our business,” said Steve Priest, JetBlue’s Chief Financial Officer.

“We estimate our EBITDA in the first quarter will range between negative $525 and $625 million, reflecting similar revenue trends to the fourth quarter, but also manifesting recent cost pressure from rents and landing fees, as well as fuel prices.

We continue to take an aggressive approach to improve our cost structure and help rebuild our margins. Our 2021 plan reduces our total operating cost by over $1.2 billion, compared to 2019. We believe that executing our plan will put us on a path to emerge from the crisis, with better CASM ex-Fuel in 2022 than in 2019.”

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JetBlue and American advance their strategic alliance following regulatory review

JetBlue Airways and American Airlines Group Inc. today announced their strategic alliance is moving ahead following review by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Both carriers will begin implementing key aspects of this innovative and customer-focused alliance in phases, offering more seamless connectivity and better travel choices on routes to and from New York (JFK, LGA and EWR) and Boston (BOS). The carriers also expect this alliance will accelerate each airline’s recovery from the pandemic as customers are attracted to the expansion of options and enhanced service.

“With this alliance, American and JetBlue will operate the biggest network for our customers in the Northeast, which will allow American to grow our mainline operations as we recover from the pandemic,” said Vasu Raja, American’s Chief Revenue Officer. “We are already planning to launch new international routes to Athens and Tel Aviv this summer, which are just two of many new routes we plan to launch.”

Important components of the alliance will be introduced starting in the first quarter of 2021 and phased in over the course of the year:

  • Seamless customer experience
    With each element of the alliance, customers flying in and out of New York and Boston will enjoy a more seamless experience across both airlines, including the ability to book a single itinerary on either website, access to the alliance’s significant global network, convenient connections, access to loyalty benefits and an improved on-the-ground experience — resulting in a compelling proposition for both leisure and corporate customers.
  • Network alignment in the Northeast
    The alliance will offer customers the largest network in New York City and Boston, and it will enable new strategic growth opportunities for both airlines, accelerate the replacement of small regional jets with larger aircraft, while greatly expanding the connectivity between each carrier’s network in the Northeast. American will upgauge aircraft and by the end of 2021 will operate all service out of New York with first class. Starting in the first half of 2021, JetBlue and American schedules in New York and Boston will begin to be aligned to give customers new flight options, with improved schedules, better connections, competitive fares and access to more domestic and international destinations.
  • Expanded service in the Northeast
    As part of the alliance, JetBlue plans to significantly expand its service at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA), as well as further expand in other NYC airports and in Boston. The alliance will also allow JetBlue to reactivate aircraft that would otherwise sit idle. An expanded operation at LaGuardia further advances JetBlue’s position as New York’s Hometown Airline® and accelerates the airline’s ability to recover.
    As previously announced, American is introducing brand new service on from New York (JFK) to Tel Aviv (TLV) and Athens (ATH). American’s loyal customers in New York will be introduced to their first long-haul international service in more than four years, with even more new routes on the way.
  • Codeshare agreement
    Starting later this quarter, JetBlue will place its B6 code on a variety of American flights in New York and Boston. Likewise, American will place its AA code on select JetBlue flights also in at New York’s John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia (LGA) and Newark Liberty International (EWR) airports, as well as Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). Flights touching New York or Boston from either JetBlue, American or connecting combinations of both. The codeshare will introduce JetBlue customers to more than 60 new routes operated by American and will introduce American’s customers to more than 130 new routes operated by JetBlue.
  • Reciprocal loyalty benefits
    Later this year, customers of both JetBlue’s TrueBlue and American’s AAdvantage® programs will be able to enjoy reciprocal benefits, including the ability to earn and/or redeem points or miles on either carrier making both loyalty program even more valuable. The airlines are also exploring opportunities to recognize JetBlue Mosaic customers and American’s AAdvantage elite members across both airlines. More details will be announced to loyalty program members later this year.

Department of Transportation terminates its review
Following an approximately six-month review, the DOT has agreed to terminate its review of the alliance in exchange for a series of commitments to ensure the alliance delivers consumers benefits without harming competition. These include growth commitments to ensure capacity expansion, slot divestitures at JFK and at Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) and antitrust compliance measures. Beyond today’s agreement with the DOT, the carriers will also be refraining from certain kinds of coordination in city pair markets where they are substantial competitors to each other and there is little service from other airlines.

JetBlue introduces its new Airbus A220-300 and its new features

JetBlue Airways today introduced the all-new onboard experience which will soon greet customers aboard the airline’s Airbus A220-300, a next-generation aircraft which combines style and substance with its game-changing economics and a custom-created cabin design customers will love.

The first of 70 A220s JetBlue has on order was delivered to the airline’s home at John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal 5 in New York on December 31, 2020 with its interior revealed for the first time today.

Spacious Seats

JetBlue’s A220 is outfitted with the Collins Meridian seat, customized around customer feedback and featuring a number of design elements with comfort and convenience in mind. And, in a first for the airline’s fleet, seating is arranged in a two-by-three configuration. Whether traveling as a couple or a family, JetBlue’s newest plane has multiple seating options for all party sizes.

  • 140 seats with an expanded width of 18.6 inches, the widest available for a single aisle aircraft and the widest in JetBlue’s fleet.
  • Six rows of Even More Space® seating
  • Enhanced cushion comfort and adjustable headrests with premium Ultraleather®, a softer, more breathable vegan leather material.
  • Contoured seatback design at knee level creating additional living space for every customer.
  • Custom designed seatback storage with mesh pockets, perfectly sized for water bottles and loose items.
  • Easy-to-reach in-seat power, featuring AC, USB-A, and USB-C ports.

Keeping Customers Connected

JetBlue will build on its reputation as an industry leader in inflight entertainment options with Thales AVANT and ViaSat-2 connectivity. With this system, JetBlue will offer every customer aboard the A220 expanded and personalized entertainment choices in nearly every region the airline flies (b). JetBlue is the first airline to receive an A220 with Viasat connectivity and only US carrier with free high speed Fly-Fi® on every plane, providing Customers with the ability to connect an unlimited number of devices and stream, surf, or chat during the entire flight, from gate to gate.

  • 10.1 inch, 1080P high definition screen at every seat.
  • 30 channels of DIRECTV® with DVR-like pause and rewind functionality, full seasons of shows, hundreds of movies, and premium content from HBO & SHOWTIME.
  • Picture-in-picture function.
  • Enhanced, 3D flight map offering multiple ways to track time to destination.
  • Personal handheld device pairing capabilities for use as a remote or gaming controller.
  • Expanded Fly-Fi® connectivity, providing coverage to nearly the entire JetBlue network.

Sleek Style in the Sky

JetBlue – which offers the most legroom in coach (b) – is also maximizing the A220’s ultra-modern design to create an elevated customer experience throughout the interior. Every aspect of the aircraft has been meticulously customized to create the perfect environment to deliver JetBlue’s award-winning service.

  • Bigger windows for better views and creating an overall spacious feel.
  • More spacious overhead bins for additional carry-on bag capacity.
  • Custom LED mood lighting designed to provide a more soothing inflight experience with lighting scenarios that change with time of day or phase of flight.
  • Redesigned front galley partitions to enhance customer privacy near crew workspace.
  • Lavatories featuring subway tile patterns – a nod to being New York’s Hometown Airline® – and gender-neutral signage unique to JetBlue.
  • Custom-created front and rear wall panel patterns, which incorporate dots and dashes from Morse code to spell out something fun.

Focus City Flying First

The A220 covers a wide mix of new and existing market possibilities with excellent economics on short, medium and even potentially transcontinental markets. The A220’s favorable economics open the door to new markets and routes that would have been unprofitable with JetBlue’s existing fleet.

Initially the A220 will begin flying this spring before entering scheduled service by mid-June on JetBlue’s Boston – Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fla. route. New cities, routes and markets will be evaluated in the future as more aircraft join the JetBlue fleet.

Economics & the Environment

The A220 boasts a nearly 30 percent lower direct operating cost per seat than the current Embraer 190. The A220 is powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, which deliver double-digit improvements in fuel and carbon emissions. Optimizing fuel burn is an important first step in JetBlue’s cost-conscious sustainability strategy, and prioritizing fuel-efficient aircraft and engines aligns with JetBlue’s approach to reducing emissions. Earlier this year, JetBlue became the first major U.S. airline to achieve carbon neutrality for all domestic flights, and later announced its plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions across all operations by 2040.

JetBlue continues to navigate the new travel environment with a steady hand and a long-term view on recovery. The investment in the A220 allows the airline to continue to execute its low cost business model, and enables JetBlue to continue to offer low fares to more customers.

JetBlue today takes delivery of its first Airbus A220-300

 

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JetBlue Airways today announced it has formally taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 aircraft, marking the start of a new era for the airline’s fleet. The aircraft – tail N3008J – is scheduled to arrive at JetBlue’s home at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) this evening from Airbus’s U.S. production facility in Mobile, Ala. It is the first delivery of 70 A220 aircraft JetBlue has on order, which will be phased in to ultimately replace the existing fleet of 60 Embraer 190 aircraft.

The A220 boasts a nearly 30 percent lower direct operating cost per seat than the current E190. Lower seat costs come from both fuel and non-fuel savings. The A220 fleet will also help to further reset JetBlue’s maintenance costs well into the decade. The airline anticipates the A220 fleet, with improved reliability and longer maintenance intervals, will have a maintenance cost per seat that is more than 40 percent lower than E190s.

With a range of up to 3,350 nautical miles and a 40 percent lower fuel burn per seat than JetBlue’s E190 aircraft, the favorable economics open the door to new markets and routes that would have been unprofitable with JetBlue’s existing fleet. The A220 covers a wide mix of new and existing market possibilities with excellent economics on short, medium and even potentially transcontinental markets. This will allow for better overall aircraft utilization and provide a competitive advantage for JetBlue in short haul markets.

The A220 is powered exclusively by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, which deliver double-digit improvements in fuel and carbon emissions. Optimizing fuel burn is an important first step in JetBlue’s cost-conscious sustainability strategy, and prioritizing fuel-efficient aircraft and engines aligns with JetBlue’s approach to reducing emissions. Earlier this year, JetBlue became the first major U.S. airline to achieve carbon neutrality for all domestic flights, and later announced its plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions across all operations by 2040. The A220’s significant reduction in per-seat emissions will help JetBlue meet and maintain its sustainability commitments.

The interior of JetBlue’s A220 will be as impressive as the operating capabilities of the aircraft. Customers will also enjoy an elevated inflight experience with wider seats, spacious overhead bins and extra-large windows. JetBlue’s fleet features the most legroom in coach (a) and free Fly-Fi®, the fastest broadband internet in the sky (b). JetBlue will reveal details of its custom-designed A220 cabin – featuring thoughtful, customer-friendly touches throughout – in January 2021.

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JetBlue arrives in Telluride, Colorado

 

JetBlue Airways has announced its new winter seasonal service to Telluride, Colorado has begun with Flight #2325 from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Flight #2540 from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) arriving at southwest Colorado’s Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ) at approximately 2 o’clock on December 19.

JetBlue is the only airline to offer nonstop service between Montrose and New England, and offers a new choice for ski-bound travelers in Southern California. Supplemental nonstop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is scheduled on peak travel days around the President’s Day holiday.

Routes to and from Montrose, Colorado:

 

Telluride – one of the premier ski destinations in the West – is just 90 minutes south of Montrose. Nestled within Southwest Colorado’s dramatic San Juan Mountains, Telluride is known for its world-class alpine skiing, awe-inspiring scenery and vibrant summer festival season. Telluride has been ranked the #1 Ski Resort in North America by Condé Nast five of the last six years.

JetBlue operates Montrose routes using its Airbus A320 aircraft.

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JetBlue expands testing options

JetBlue Airways today announced a new seamless testing and verification procedure for customers traveling to Aruba as the airline, the Aruban government, CommonPass, and the airline’s at-home testing partner, Vault, set plans to work together to streamline travel.

Beginning in early 2021, JetBlue customers traveling to Aruba will be able to secure a test from home before travel using Vault’s supervised at-home PCR testing, results will then be securely provided to the customer and confirmation securely sent to CommonPass. Upon entry in Aruba, authorities will simply scan a CommonPass QR code from the customer’s mobile device, proving entry testing requirements have been satisfied.

The seamless process allows JetBlue customers to more easily comply with Aruba’s enhanced entry protocols, enabling arriving residents and visitors who have tested negative for COVID-19 to avoid quarantine. The process is designed to cut down on wait times for entry and the need for customers to provide medical documents to authorities. Results and other medical information are not shared with JetBlue or the Aruban government, simply a confirmation that entry requirements have been satisfied. CommonPass is a digital health pass that enables safer travel by allowing people to document their COVID-19 test and vaccination status on their mobile phone and share it in a privacy-preserving manner with airline staff and immigration officials.

With testing an important part of protecting each other and slowing the spread of COVID-19, JetBlue has stepped up messaging and reminders relating to testing.

“For those traveling over the holidays to visit friends and relatives, testing is an easy way to both help ensure the safety of your loved ones, and to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer, JetBlue. “By providing the tools for our customers to access more at-home and in-airport testing, as well as the tools to securely validate those test results, JetBlue is meeting its commitment to the safety of not only our customers and crewmembers, but also of the communities we serve. We appreciate our partners working with us to make these options available to our customers.”

JetBlue’s At-Home Testing Partner Expands Reach
The value of JetBlue’s at-home testing partnership with Vault continues to grow as more destinations announce they will accept this convenient testing option for the entry of visitors and residents alike. Visitors and residents entering Grenada and the Turks and Caicos islands are now allowed to show a negative PCR test from Vault as part of satisfying entry requirements. It comes as a result of the airline’s initiative to work with destination regions to promote safer travel with easy testing. Aruba became the first Caribbean nation to accept the Vault at-home test for entry of JetBlue customers. Vault’s PCR test also satisfies all U.S. state testing requirements for entry and travel.

With testing an important part of slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, officials in Puerto Rico, one of JetBlue’s largest destinations, are urging customers to get tested, including the use of Vault’s at-home testing before travel. Vault’s PCR test is now an accepted method of testing to avoid quarantine on the island after arrival.

“Easy access to testing is a key as the tourism industry outlines the roadmap for resumption of safe and responsible traveling,” said Carla Campos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “By partnering with JetBlue and Vault Health to offer this simple at-home PCR saliva-based test alternative, we are confident that more JetBlue customers needing to travel to Puerto Rico will do so with pre-arrival testing; a requirement in effect to waive the 14-day mandatory quarantine.”

Expanded Testing Options in Boston
JetBlue is also making it easier and more convenient for traveling customers to receive COVID-19 testing in Boston, one of the airline’s largest focus cities, through a new partnership with XpresCheck. Starting in early January, XpresCheck will open a testing facility in JetBlue’s Terminal C at Boston Logan International Airport. The XpresCheck testing center will offer both rapid and PCR tests with appointments recommended.

The testing center, which will be located prior to security screening, will be available to customers who may want or need to be tested prior to travel, or those returning back to the Boston area. Currently, state officials require that all travelers returning to Massachusetts receive a negative PCR test result that has been administered up to 72 hours prior to arrival. Quarantine is not required after a negative result has been received. Travelers arriving in Boston will be able to simply walk off their flight, grab their bags, and obtain a test without another trip to a medical facility.

“We are pleased to welcome JetBlue to our network of airline partners. Our new partnership with JetBlue, starting in Boston, will bring the convenience of on-site COVID-19 testing to passengers whether traveling to a destination that requires a negative COVID-19 test for entry or returning to Massachusetts and seeking to test out of the state mandated quarantine. The availability of trusted, verifiable health status information, including test results, will continue to help get travelers back to traveling in 2021,” said Doug Satzman, XpresSpa Group chief executive officer.

JetBlue customers who are seeking more information or to make an appointment before and after travel should visit xprescheck.com.Customers should thoroughly research entry requirements for their intended destination to determine best timing for testing and accepted testing methods. Entry requirements are subject to change, in some cases with little notice.

Expanded Testing Options in New York
JetBlue’s partnership with NYC Test & Trace Corps is also expanding, with the addition of rapid PCR testing at no cost to the patient at JetBlue’s Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy International Airport. In addition to rapid testing, the NYC Test & Trace Corps testing site at T5 will continue to offer traditional PCR testing.

To help promote safer reentry into New York, Test & Trace Corps will trial a partnership with JetBlue to distribute test kits to customers with domestic itineraries that also include a return to New York. Customers who meet the trip criteria can stop by the Just Ask desk to pick up a test kit, which they can keep until they are within 72 hours of their return to New York, and then self-administer and mail, in order to satisfy New York State’s pre-arrival testing requirement. Once the lab receives the test, results generally will be provided within 48 hours.

NYC Test & Trace Corps is also offering PCR testing and rapid PCR testing, at no cost to the patient, at LaGuardia Airport in the Terminal B parking garage, on Level 1.