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JetBlue reports GAAP pre-tax earnings of $57 million in the second quarter of 2021

"O Beautiful For Spacious Skies"

JetBlue Airways Corporation today reported its results for the second quarter of 2021:

  • Reported GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.20 in the second quarter of 2021 compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.59 in the second quarter of 2019. Adjusted loss per share was ($0.65)(1) in the second quarter of 2021 versus adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.60(1) in the second quarter of 2019.
  • GAAP pre-tax earnings of $57 million in the second quarter of 2021, compared to a pre-tax income of $236 million in the second quarter of 2019. Excluding one-time items, adjusted pre-tax loss of ($309) million(1) in the second quarter of 2021 versus adjusted pre-tax income of $238 million(1) in the second quarter of 2019.

Operational and Financial Highlights from the Second Quarter

  • Reduced second quarter 2021 capacity by 15% year over two, which is in-line with our planning assumption.
  • Second quarter 2021 revenue declined 29% year over two. Adjusted for a 1.5 point benefit from a renewed co-branded credit card agreement, the result is at the better end of our prior expectations of a 30 to 33% decline year over two. This was driven primarily by continued momentum in leisure demand throughout the quarter
  • Operating expenses declined 27% year over two. Excluding special items, adjusted operating expenses declined 7%(1) year over two, which is in-line with our prior planning assumption. CASM ex-Fuel declined meaningfully from a 41% increase year over two in the first quarter, to a 19% increase in the second quarter.
  • JetBlue’s Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Amortization and Special Items (Adjusted EBITDA) in the second quarter of 2021 was ($86) million(1), better than the ($115) to ($165) million range previously expected. This was mainly the result of improving underlying revenue trends, the contribution from our co-branded agreement, and our discipline in controlling costs.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

  • During the quarter, JetBlue significantly reduced net debt(1) by $1.2 billion to $0.9 billion, which is now below pre-pandemic levels. As of June 30, 2021, JetBlue’s adjusted debt to capital was 55%(1).
  • JetBlue ended the second quarter of 2021 with approximately $3.7 billion in unrestricted cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments, or 46% of 2019 revenue.
  • JetBlue repaid $89 million in regularly scheduled debt and finance lease obligations and fully repaid a term loan of $722 million during the second quarter of 2021.

Fuel Expense and Hedging

The realized fuel price in the second quarter 2021 was $1.91 per gallon, a 12% decline versus second quarter 2019 realized fuel price of $2.16.

As of July 27, 2021, JetBlue has not entered into forward fuel derivative contracts to hedge its fuel consumption for the third quarter of 2021. Based on the forward curve as of July 19, 2021, JetBlue expects an average all-in price per gallon of fuel of $2.09 in the third quarter of 2021.

JetBlue, Barclays, and Mastercard Renew Long-Term Partnership Agreement

Yesterday, JetBlue announced a multi-year extension of their co-branded credit card agreements with both Barclays and Mastercard. The partnership renewal will extend and expand JetBlue’s consumer credit card portfolio. The agreements will center on the continued delivery of innovative, digital-centric card offerings that meet consumer’s evolving needs and foster engagement and loyalty.

JetBlue currently estimates that the impact from the renewed agreement will deliver approximately an incremental one point to our annualized revenue and margin.

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

“In the second quarter, we saw strong signs that consumer confidence and travel demand is returning, with second quarter revenue doubling compared to the first quarter driven by pent-up demand,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s Chief Executive Officer.

“As we turn to recovery, we continued to generate positive cash from operations in the second quarter, and we expect continued improvement in our operating performance as we progress towards a full recovery. We are creating a path to restore our earnings power to beyond 2019 levels and generate long-term value for our owners in the years ahead. Our attention is now squarely on rebuilding our margins and repairing our balance sheet.”

Revenue and Capacity

“We are pleased to see further month-on-month improvement into the peak summer months, with demand momentum across all of our geographies. We ended the quarter with load factors in the mid-80s with June capacity largely back to pre-pandemic levels, compared to an average load factor in the mid-60s in the first quarter,” said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

“For the third quarter of 2021, our planning assumption for revenue is a decline of between (4%) and (9%) year over two, another quarter of strong sequential improvement of approximately 20 points. We expect unit revenue to continue to improve on top of increasing capacity, with load factors in the mid-to-high 80s this summer. We have seen days with average load factors in the 90s.

For the third quarter of 2021, our planning assumption is for capacity to be between flat to down (3%) year over two, given the strong sequential improvement in demand. Throughout the pandemic, we have been nimble in adjusting our capacity deployment to the prevailing demand environment. We’ll maintain this approach given the continued uncertainty on the course of the pandemic caused by variants.”

Financial Performance and Outlook

“Our second quarter Adjusted EBITDA(1) came in better than the range we anticipated in early-June. This was mainly the result of improving underlying revenue trends, the benefit from our renewed co-branded agreement, and our discipline in controlling costs,” said Ursula Hurley, JetBlue’s Acting Chief Financial Officer.

“For the third quarter, we estimate our EBITDA will range between $75 and $175 million dollars, reflecting continued sequential improvement in demand partially offset by continued cost pressures from fuel prices, and airport rents and landing fees. We expect to remain in positive EBITDA territory through the end of the year, and expect to generate pre-tax profits in July and August.

We are committed to generating better than pre-pandemic earnings in the next few years by growing revenue and controlling costs, and we are confident that we are on the right path to expand margins in a sustainable way.

We are now squarely focused on repairing our balance sheet, lowering our total cost of debt, and growing our unencumbered asset base. We reduced our net debt by over 50% to under $1 billion dollars at the end of June. Both our net debt and weighted average cost of debt now sit below pre-pandemic levels.”

Notes

(1) Non-GAAP financial measure; Note A provides a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures used in this release and explains the reasons management believes that presentation of these non-GAAP financial measure provides useful information to investors regarding JetBlue’s financial condition and results of operations.

(2) The Company has not reconciled its Adjusted EBITDA planning assumptions to net income because net income (loss) is not accessible on a forward-looking basis. Items that impact net income (loss) are out of the Company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, a reconciliation to net income (loss) is not available without unreasonable effort.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-271NX WL N2086J (msn 10032) FLL (Andy Cripps). Image: 952648.

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JetBlue and American expand their relationship

JetBlue Airways and American Airlines are providing customers the most choice in the Northeast, on the best product, and with a premium experience, as travelers return to the sky. As part of their Northeast Alliance (NEA), JetBlue and American will operate more than 700 daily flights from New York and Boston this winter, giving customers more choice than any other airline can offer.

JetBlue – New York’s Hometown Airline® and leading low-fare carrier, and the largest airline in Boston – announced today that customers can purchase tickets for several new markets launching this fall, including four new destinations the airline is adding to its route map.

As a result of the partnership, so far this year customers have gained access to 57 new markets and more than 110 codeshare routes from Boston and New York, connecting the Northeast to almost 150 worldwide destinations, including 10 new international routes American previously announced. These routes, made possible by the Northeast Alliance, include new service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Tel Aviv, Israel (TLV), which launched in May; JFK service to Athens, Greece (ATH), which launched in June and JFK service to Delhi, India (DEL), which will launch October 31, 2021.

A Leading Premium Experience

In 2022, travel between all transcontinental markets operated by the Northeast Alliance will offer lie-flat seats with JetBlue Mint® and American’s state-of-the-art A321T fleet. This includes routes between:

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Boston, Newark and New York- JFK
  • Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA) and New York-JFK
  • San Diego International Airport (SAN) and Boston and New York-JFK
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Boston, Newark and New York-JFK
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Boston and JFK

Terminal Transitions

On the ground, JetBlue will expand its footprint at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) beyond its current space at the historic Marine Air Terminal and partially move into the airport’s recently opened and state-of-the-art Terminal B. Details about JetBlue’s split-terminal operation, additional flying planned for next summer and a timeline for an eventual full relocation to Terminal B will be shared in the months ahead.

At JFK, the airlines recently launched a convenient connection enabling customers to remain post-security while transferring between JetBlue’s Terminal 5 and American’s Terminal 8.

More Rewarding Loyalty

Starting this fall, AAdvantage® elite and TrueBlue Mosaic members will also begin to enjoy benefits across both carriers. This next phase of benefits will include priority check-in, security and boarding, plus up to two complimentary checked bags. Members of both loyalty programs are already able to earn miles or points when traveling on American or JetBlue-marketed and operated flights. When booking flights on aa.com or jetblue.com, customers can choose where to accrue their miles or points. Even more benefits for Advantage and TrueBlue members will be coming in the future.

Providing customers with more choice

Bolstered by the strength of the Northeast Alliance, JetBlue will begin selling seats today for flights in four, never-before-served cities throughout the U.S. and in Mexico. Together the new destinations diversify JetBlue’s route map and grow the airline’s relevance in both New York and Boston.

San Antonio, Texas

JetBlue will serve San Antonio International Airport (SAT) from both New York-JFK and Boston starting October 31, 2021. Roundtrip flights will initially operate once daily with the intention to introduce additional daily frequencies in the future.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and San Antonio (SAT)
Daily starting October 31, 2021

JFK – SAT Flight #725

SAT – JFK Flight #726

9:30 a.m. – 1:03 p.m.

1:45 p.m. – 6:11 p.m.

Schedule between Boston (BOS) and San Antonio (SAT)
Daily starting October 31, 2021

BOS – SAT Flight #2209

SAT – BOS Flight #22010

10:20 a.m. – 2:13 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

JetBlue will serve Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) from New York-JFK starting February 19, 2022. Roundtrip flights will operate once daily.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Puerto Vallarta (PVR)
Daily starting February 19, 2022

JFK – PVR Flight #2097

PVR – JFK Flight #2098

8:30 a.m. – 1:39 p.m.

2:39 p.m. – 8:22 p.m.

Kansas City, Mo.

JetBlue will serve Kansas City International Airport (MCI) from both New York-JFK and Boston starting March 27, 2022. Roundtrip flights will initially operate once daily. Missouri will become the 32nd state JetBlue serves.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Kansas City (MCI)
Daily starting March 27, 2022

JFK – MCI Flight #2221

MCI – JFK Flight #2222

3:25 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.

10:20 a.m. – 2:25 p.m.

Schedule between Boston (BOS) and Kansas City (MCI)
Daily starting March 27, 2022

BOS – MCI Flight #2363

MCI – BOS Flight #2364

7:00 a.m. – 9:34 a.m.

6:40 p.m. – 10:31 p.m.

Milwaukee, Wis.

JetBlue will serve Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport (MKE) from both New York-JFK and Boston starting March 27, 2022. Roundtrip flights will initially operate once daily. Wisconsin will become the 33rd state JetBlue serves.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Milwaukee (MKE)
Daily starting March 27, 2022

JFK – MKE Flight #679

MKE – JFK Flight #680

3:05 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

10:35 a.m. – 2:03 p.m.

Schedule between Boston (BOS) and Milwaukee (MKE)
Daily starting March 27, 2022

BOS – MKE Flight #2229

MKE – BOS Flight #2230

8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

5:30 p.m. – 8:53 p.m.

Puerto Vallarta service will operate using JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft; Kansas City and Milwaukee service will operate on the airline’s new A220 aircraft with an all-new interior and state-of-the-art features; and San Antonio service will operate with a mix of both the A320 and A220. All JetBlue aircraft offering the airline’s award-winning service featuring the most legroom in coach (a); free Fly-Fi, the fastest broadband internet in the sky (b); complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks and soft drinks; and free, live DIRECTV® programming at every seat.

More Growth at LaGuardia

Made possible by the Northeast Alliance with American, JetBlue’s five new markets at LaGuardia Airport are now on sale. The new routes, first announced this spring, will introduce more JetBlue flying at one of the nation’s most congested airports where JetBlue intends to lower fares, improve service and deliver more competition to travelers. Daily frequencies on select new routes are expected to increase in the future.

Starting October 31, 2021, JetBlue will add service between LaGuardia and:

  • Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) | Twice daily
  • Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) | Once daily, winter seasonal
  • Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) | Once daily

Starting March 27, 2022, JetBlue will add service between LaGuardia and:

  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) | Once daily
  • Nashville International Airport (BNA) | Twice daily

JetBlue schedules for other previously announced new cities including San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP); Vancouver, Canada (YVR); and Asheville, N.C. (AVL) – as well as summer 2022 service between LaGuardia and Portland, Maine (PWM) – will be announced at a later date.

By the end of this year, JetBlue plans to offer 35 daily departures at LaGuardia and intends to grow to more than 50 daily departures by summer 2022.

JetBlue brings iPad Pro on board for pilots starting this summer

JetBlue Airways today announced it has begun introducing the new iPad Pro powered by Apple’s M1 chip to the airline’s pilots.

JetBlue was one of the first domestic airlines to use digital documentation in the cockpit, and continues to be a leader in the industry bringing innovative tools into operation. The new iPad Pro keeps JetBlue pilots on the cutting edge of technology and provides safety-critical functions for all JetBlue crew members. iPad has become an essential tool on board – from loading operational tracking apps, hosting system maintenance checks, checking real-time weather patterns to avoid turbulence, and accessing procedures and manuals.

JetBlue first received Federal Aviation Administration approval to give iPads to all pilots in 2013, which enabled more real-time capabilities in the cockpit. Since then, the airline continues to trust iPad to provide everything pilots need at the touch of their fingertips, even at 35,000 feet in the air.

iPad Pro is the right fit for the cockpit, with its thin, light design and large, bright Liquid Retina display. The new iPad Pro features the industry-leading M1 chip, which offers next-level performance when pilots are running more than a dozen apps throughout the duration of the flight. iPad Pro’s fast 5G capabilities delivers better performance and access to next-generation download and upload speeds.

“Not only will the new iPad Pro with M1 take our pilots to the next level of advanced technology, but also future-proof JetBlue with top-of-the-line hardware for years to come,” said Captain Chuck Cook, director communications, navigation, surveillance and technical programs.

In the coming months, JetBlue will provide iPad Pro to new incoming pilots, and will replace older models in use over time.

JetBlue expands use of sustainable aviation fuel as part of its strategy to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2040

JetBlue Airways has entered into a new relationship with World Energy and World Fuel Services for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). JetBlue’s LAX flights using SAF started this month. This increase in the airline’s usage of SAF includes 1.5 million gallons of blended SAF a year for at least three years, accounting for approximately five percent of JetBlue’s LAX fuel.

Renewable fuel options will play a critical role in the aviation industry’s transition to lower-carbon operations. This is the latest step for JetBlue as the airline works to achieve its ambitious and comprehensive environmental social governance (ESG) targets, including a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. Last year, JetBlue became the first major U.S. airline to achieve carbon neutrality on all domestic flying, today primarily through carbon offsets while the SAF industry continues to grow, and lower-carbon technologies to reduce direct emissions.

“JetBlue is facing climate change head on and preparing our business for a new climate reality,” said Sara Bogdan, director of sustainability and environmental social governance. “Sustainable aviation fuel is one of the most promising ways to rapidly reduce air travel emissions and help our industry move toward our net-zero goals. We are focused on growing our use of sustainable aviation fuel to replace conventional fossil-based jet fuel in our focus cities as it becomes available. It has not historically had the same policy support as other low carbon fuels and comes at a premium today. We’re excited by the prospect of additional policy support to help grow and scale sustainable aviation fuel, helping to usher in a lower-carbon future for aviation.”

This follows JetBlue’s move to fuel flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) with SAF with another fuel provider. World Energy, a zero-now solutions provider for transport and the industry’s first commercial-scale producer of SAF, is supplying JetBlue fuel at LAX from its facility in Paramount, Calif. JetBlue is World Energy’s second U.S. commercial airline partner to incorporate SAF into its regular operations. Made from inedible agricultural waste, World Energy’s SAF is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials to reduce emissions by up to 80 percent per gallon before being blended with petroleum jet fuel. Delivery of the fuel into LAX will be managed by World Fuel Services, JetBlue’s fuel management company.

“JetBlue is taking aggressive action utilizing tools available today to deliver on their net-zero carbon emissions goals,” said Bryan Sherbacow, chief commercial officer, World Energy. “Expanding commercial use of sustainable aviation fuel is critical in changing the industry’s carbon outcomes. World Energy is excited to partner with JetBlue in fueling their success in transitioning to a zero-carbon aviation industry.”

“We are honored to support JetBlue’s comprehensive sustainability strategy through our steady supply of sustainable aviation fuel,” said Brad Hurwitz, senior vice president – supply and trading, World Fuel Services. “Since 2014, World Fuel Services has delivered more than 22.1 million gallons of cleaner-burning, low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel. With World Energy, we continue to focus on increasing sustainable aviation fuel availability and supply chain efficiency for aviation.”

JetBlue views robust oversight of key ESG issues as good for business and for generating long-term value, and recognizes that customers expect clean, efficient, and affordable travel. That’s why JetBlue is helping lead the path in sustainable aviation.

LAX is one of JetBlue’s most successful and busiest markets, climbing to 40 flights per day to 23 markets this summer, allowing significant growth opportunities for the airline’s network. With support from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), JetBlue plans to embark on meaningful expansion at LAX over the next five years – both domestically and internationally into multiple markets with plans to reach about 70 flights per day by 2025.

“Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is committed to achieving ambitious sustainability goals, including net-zero carbon emissions and 100% renewable energy for LAX facilities by 2045,” said Justin Erbacci, chief executive officer, LAWA. “We are thrilled that JetBlue is supporting this bold agenda to help combat climate change through the use of sustainable aviation fuel.”

JetBlue’s Decarbonization Strategy

Carbon neutrality on its domestic flights is just one way JetBlue is preparing for a changing climate and ensuring a more sustainable business for its crewmembers, customers, shareholders and communities. JetBlue’s carbon reduction efforts focus on decreasing emissions through fuel-efficient operations and aircraft, growing usage of SAF, and supporting the next generation of low-emissions aircraft technologies.

Earlier this year the airline announced emission reduction targets, including efforts to:

Reduce direct emissions:

  • Decrease aircraft emissions 25 percent per available seat mile (ASM) by 2030 from 2015 levels, excluding offsets

Increase usage of sustainable energy:

  • Convert 10 percent of total jet fuel to be from blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030
  • Convert 40 percent of three main ground service equipment vehicle types to electric by 2025 and 50 percent by 2030

JetBlue’s focus on climate leadership – JetBlue’s environmental social governance (ESG) strategy focuses on issues that have the potential to impact its business and the industry in the long-term. Customers, crewmembers and community, as well as stakeholders, are key to JetBlue’s climate and sustainability strategy. Demand from these groups for responsible service is one of the motivations to further reduce the airline’s environmental impact. Shareholders, including many crewmembers, have demanded that JetBlue’s ESG strategy benefit stakeholders and the airline’s financial position. Tying ESG to its treasury function, including cash investments and a sustainability-linked loan with some terms dependent on the airline’s ESG scores, further demonstrates JetBlue’s commitment to combat climate change.

Photos: JetBlue.

JetBlue arrives in Boise, Idaho

"Blue Better Believe It"

JetBlue Airways on July 2 announced it has officially launched service at Boise Airport (BOI) in Idaho, with the airline’s first flight departing New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) just after 4 o’clock. New summer seasonal service operates four times weekly now through Labor Day with plans to resume flying in summer 2022.

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.

JetBlue is now the only airline operating nonstop service between Boise and the Northeast. The route to New York City is the longest-range route operated from Boise Airport, which is a department of the City of Boise. Operations in its current location began in 1938 and a terminal expansion was completed in 2003. Today, the airport has two concourses, comprised of 23 gates, and hosts multiple restaurants and retail shops. This summer, an average of 83 daily flights depart the airport and in 2019, a record high of more than 4.1 million travelers passed through the airport.

JetBlue operates Boise flights using its Airbus A320 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N640JB (msn 2832) (Spotlight) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 954309.

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JetBlue begins service to Kalispell, Montana

"Devil with a Blue Dress On"

JetBlue Airways completed its first flight Thursday, July 1, to Glacier Park International Airport (FCA), located in Kalispell, Montana.

Kalispell, situated in the Flathead Valley, serves as a gateway to the world-renowned Glacier National Park and is surrounded by endless outdoor activities facilitated by the beautiful Rocky Mountains, numerous lakes, hiking and biking trails, and the rest of wide open Big Sky country. As New York’s Hometown Airline, JetBlue will operate flights between Glacier Park International and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) three times weekly with seasonal service through September 7.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Kalispell/Glacier Park International Airport (FCA)
3x Weekly

JFK – FCA Flight #2345
(Tues., Thurs., Sun.)

FCA – JFK Flight #2346
(Tues., Thurs., Sun.)

6:55 p.m. – 10:22 p.m.

11:19 p.m. – 5:58 a.m. (+1)

The addition of JetBlue’s service to Kalispell will complement existing Montana service at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN).

JetBlue operates the new Kalispell service using its Airbus A320 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N570JB (msn 2099) (Highrise) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104926.

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JetBlue launches flights to Los Cabos

JetBlue Airways today announced it has officially launched service at San José del Cabo’s Los Cabos International Airport (SJD). The first roundtrip flights between the popular Mexican destination and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) landed last night, and the first flight roundtrip flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Los Cabos landed back in the northeast this morning. JetBlue’s Los Cabos service from the East and West Coasts operates daily.

Located at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos is composed by two cities, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo – both major tourist destinations and among the most popular in Mexico. San Jose del Cabo welcomes visitors with its laid-back vibe, thriving arts scene and boutique shops, while Cabo San Lucas features a more bustling pace with a large number of restaurants and bars. Los Cabos is home to award-winning resorts and culinary offerings considered some of the finest available anywhere. A growing list of championship golf courses, rejuvenating spas, world-renowned sport fishing tournaments and a variety of activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding and many more to be discovered.

JetBlue will operates Los Cabos routes using its Airbus A320 aircraft.

JetBlue’s first Airbus A321neo with reimagined Mint® for domestic flying enters scheduled service

JetBlue today announced its first Airbus A321neo (new engine option) with Mint has officially entered scheduled service with the first revenue flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), departing shortly after 10:30 a.m. this morning. The aircraft is scheduled to operate select flights between New York-JFK and LAX for the next several weeks.

JetBlue’s A321neo with Mint is the first to feature the airline’s reimagined Mint premium experience, with 16 fully lie-flat, private suites with a sliding door for every Mint customer, including two new, ultra-spacious Mint Studios™, a custom-designed seat cushion by Tuft & Needle®, and countless design touches that help every customer feel at home in the air. The aircraft will also include 144 core seats with the most legroom in coach (a) and an unparalleled inflight entertainment and connectivity experience on-board.

Travelers can spot the A321neo with Mint by its unique “Ribbons” tailfin. The design features three blues from the airline’s brand palette and is the first tailfin inspired by so-called “Op Art” – as in optical art – using simple shapes to create the illusion of three dimensions and movement. The aircraft – tail N2105J named “NEO Mintality” – is JetBlue’s 16th A321neo and the first of this aircraft type to feature Mint.

JetBlue Mint, Reimagined

JetBlue’s first major design overhaul of Mint – designed in partnership with Acumen Design Associates – will set a new standard for transcontinental flying.

  • We made every Mint seat a suite: JetBlue’s reimagined Mint will offer more privacy with 14 fully lie-flat, aisle-access 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 (b). 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 (c).
  • 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.

Looking ahead, JetBlue will introduce a 24-seat layout on its Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft which will operate flights between New York-JFK and both London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports beginning later this summer.

Core and So Much More

JetBlue’s core experience on the A321neo – with the most legroom in coach – features the Collins Meridian seat, which was customized around customer feedback and features a number of design elements with comfort and convenience in mind.

  • 144 seats with a width of 18.4 inches, the widest available for the A321neo aircraft.
  • Seven rows of Even More Space® seating, all located in the forward area of the core experience, based on customer feedback.
  • 10.1 inch, 1080P high definition screen at every seat.
  • Easy-to-reach in-seat power, featuring AC and USB ports.
  • Enhanced cushion comfort and adjustable headrests.
  • Contoured seatback design at knee level creating additional living space.
  • Custom designed seatback storage.

Staying Connected at 35,000 Feet

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 A321neo with expanded and personalized entertainment choices in nearly every region the airline flies (d). With JetBlue, all customers have the ability to connect an unlimited number of devices and stream, surf, or chat during the entire flight, from gate to gate.

  • 100+ channels of DIRECTV®, hundreds of movies, full seasons of binge-worthy TV shows, and custom seatback games.
  • 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.

Bold Design Elements

JetBlue is also maximizing the A321neo’s ultra-modern design to create an elevated customer experience throughout the interior. Every aspect of the aircraft has been meticulously customized to create a perfect environment to deliver JetBlue’s award-winning service.

  • Refreshed onboard Pantry™ with a mini-fridge and drawers full of complimentary snacks.
  • 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.
  • Four full-size lavatories featuring subway tile patterns – a nod to JetBlue being New York’s Hometown Airline®.
  • Custom-designed front and rear wall panel featuring unique and modern patterns.

Impressive Aircraft Economics

The A321neo with Mint helps ensure JetBlue delivers on its cost-savings and sustainability commitments in the coming years. Thanks to the Airbus new engine option, the aircraft features a 20 percent increase in fuel efficiency compared to the previous generation of the aircraft. It also boasts an increased range of up to 500 nautical miles. JetBlue’s existing fleet of all-core A321neo’s has allowed the airline to enter new and longer nonstop markets not previously possible with other aircraft types.

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. In 2020, JetBlue became the first major U.S. airline to achieve carbon neutrality for all domestic flights, and later announced its commitment to net-zero carbon emissions 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 A321neo with Mint allows the airline to continue to execute its low cost business model, and enables JetBlue to continue to offer low fares to more customers.

American’s AAdvantage® members and JetBlue’s TrueBlue members can earn miles or points, traveling on either carrier

American Airlines has made this announcement:

American Airlines Group Inc. and JetBlue continue to roll out benefits for customers to create a seamless, easy customer experience — this time, in the form of mileage accrual. Starting on May 26, American’s AAdvantage® members and JetBlue’s TrueBlue members can earn miles or points, traveling on either carrier. AAdvantage is now the only loyalty program that allows elite status earning opportunities when flying across three U.S. carriers — American, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue.

AAdvantage members were already able to earn miles on codeshare flights with JetBlue. However, today, they can also earn miles when traveling on any JetBlue marketed and operated flight in the Americas. When booking flights on aa.com or jetblue.com, customers can choose where to accrue their points. And for ease of doing business, members will earn miles the same way they do today on American, based on ticket price*.

Members from both programs will also be able to earn elite qualifying currency on these trips. There are more than 1,000 ways to earn miles with American’s partners — from car rentals and hotel stays to dining out and using credit cards.

AAdvantage member Miles per dollar spent
AAdvantage 5 miles/dollar spent
AAdvantage Gold 7 miles/dollar spent
AAdvantage Platinum 8 miles/dollar spent
AAdvantage Platinum Pro 9 miles/dollar spent
AAdvantage Executive Platinum 11 miles/dollar spent

*Based on ticket price (includes base fare plus carrier-imposed fees; excludes government-imposed taxes and fees).

Since the announcement of the Northeast Alliance last year, customers have already benefited from better options as American and JetBlue introduced 57 new routes from the northeast, as well as more than 100 codeshare flights. The carriers have worked on enhanced schedules in several northeast markets, so customers can choose to fly when it’s most convenient. The alliance has also elevated the premium experience when traveling between the northeast — New York and Boston — and Los Angeles and San Francisco with lie-flat seats readily available.

JetBlue announces JFK – LHR service to start on August 11

"Blue With A View"

JetBlue Airways today announced it will make its highly anticipated entrance into the transatlantic market with nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy international Airport (JFK) and London Heathrow Airport (LHR) starting August 11, 2021. New York’s Hometown Airline® will further enhance its U.S. and U.K. schedules with nonstop service between New York-JFK and London Gatwick Airport (LGW) starting September 29, 2021. London service from Boston, where JetBlue is the leading airline, will start in Summer 2022.

Flights on both routes will operate daily on JetBlue’s new Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft with 24 redesigned Mint suites, 117 core seats and the sleek and spacious Airspace cabin interior (below).

JetBlue is set to take delivery of three A321LRs in 2021, all operating on the JFK routes. Additional A321LRs scheduled for 2022 will operate Boston service. The A321LR platform – offering the range of a wide-body but with the economics of a single-aisle aircraft – will allow JetBlue to effectively compete with the airline’s award-winning service and low fares on flights between the U.S. and London.

Seats on both Heathrow and Gatwick routes are on sale starting today with low fares for U.S.-based travelers starting at $599 roundtrip for the airline’s award-winning core experience and starting at $1,979 roundtrip for JetBlue’s premium Mint experience. U.K.-based travelers can enjoy special introductory roundtrip fares starting at £329for core and £999 for Mint.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and London Heathrow (LHR)
Daily Beginning August 11, 2021

JFK – LHR Flight #007

LHR – JFK Flight #20

10:10 p.m. – 10:10 a.m. (+1)

6:10 p.m. – 9:43 p.m.

Schedule between New York (JFK) and London Gatwick (LGW)
Daily Beginning September 29, 2021

JFK – LGW Flight #43

LGW – JFK Flight #44

7:50 p.m. – 7:55 a.m. (+1)

12:00 p.m. – 3:33 p.m.

Top Copyright Photo: JetBlue Airways Airbus A321-271NX WL N2029J (msn 9054) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 949317.

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