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Hawaiian Airlines celebrates new Long Beach service

Hawaiian Airlines on June 1 welcomed guests aboard its inaugural flight between Long Beach Airport (LGB) and Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye Airport (HNL) with hula performances and lei as the carrier celebrated the start of daily non-stop service with new Airbus A321neo aircraft.

Hawaii’s hometown airline also treated guests departing Long Beach to an “Aloha Friday” beach bag filled with Hawaiian vacation essentials, including reef-safe lip balm from its partner Raw Elements, OluKai island footwear coupons, and 250 HawaiianMiles.

Long Beach becomes Hawaiian’s 12th U.S. gateway city in an expanding network that offers travelers unrivalled access to the Hawaiian Islands. The airline is offering a promotional one-way fare of $229 for LGB-HNL flights for travel from Aug. 27 through Nov. 14 when booked between June 1-14.

Hawaiian Airlines Celebrates New Long Beach Service (PRNewsfoto/Hawaiian Airlines)

Hawaiian’s Flight 70 departed HNL at 12:30 p.m. yesterday, arriving at LGB at 9 p.m. The return flight, HA 69, departed LGB at 8:30 a.m. today, with an 11:40 a.m. estimated arrival at HNL that gives travelers the afternoon to explore O’ahu or connect to one of Hawaiian’s seven neighbor island destinations.

Hawaiian will operate its LGB-HNL service with the newest addition to its fleet, the narrow-body Airbus A321neo aircraft. The highly efficient, mid-range aircraft complements Hawaiian’s wide-body fleet currently used for service between Hawai’i and other U.S. gateway cities, along with 10 international destinations.

Hawaiian’s 189-passenger A321neo features 16 luxurious leather recliners in First Class, 44 Extra Comfort premium economy seats, and 129 Economy seats. In addition to Hawaiian’s warm hospitality, including complimentary meals, guests enjoy wireless streaming in-flight entertainment, access to USB outlets, and additional overhead stowage space.

Hawaiian Airlines Celebrates New Long Beach Service (PRNewsfoto/Hawaiian Airlines)

Hawaiian will announce additional A321neo routes between the West Coast and the Hawaiian Islands as it welcomes a total of 18 aircraft through 2020. By September, in addition to operating the LGB-HNL service, the A321neo will be Hawaiian’s dedicated aircraft on the following routes: San Diego and Kahului, Maui; Portland and Honolulu and Kahului; Oakland and Honolulu, Kahului and Līhu’e, Kauai; and Los Angeles and Līhu’e and Kona on the Island of Hawai’i.

Top Copyright Photo (All others by Hawaiian Airlines): Michael Carter.

Southwest Airlines launches service at Long Beach Airport

 

Southwest Airlines launches service at Long Beach Airport

Southwest Airlines on June 5, 2016 embarked upon a new chapter in its faithful 35-year partnership with California. The carrier inaugurated service at Long Beach Airport, the carrier’s 98th city served. Southwest now offers service in all five major commercial airports in the L.A. Basin with four flights a day to and from the Bay Area nonstop between Long Beach and Oakland.

Southwest now offers a peak summer schedule of nearly 60 flights a day in each direction between Oakland and Southern California’s five airports in the greater L.A. region, plus San Diego.

Last week, Southwest filed an application for route authority to add new daily international service later this year from LAX to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos in Mexico, alongside daily service to Costa Rica which began in April. Southwest also flies internationally from John Wayne Airport in Orange County to Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, and San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos.

Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 WL N784SW (msn 29810) LGB (Michael B. Ing). Image: 999221.

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JetBlue reports net income of $198 million for the 3Q

JetBlue Airways Corporation (New York) today reported its results for the third quarter 2015:

Operating income of $351 million in the third quarter. This compares to operating income of $164 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Pre-tax income of $322 million in the third quarter. This compares to pre-tax income of $132 million in the third quarter of 2014.

Net income of $198 million, or $0.58 per diluted share. This compares to JetBlue’s third quarter 2014 net income of $79 million, or $0.24 per diluted share.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N516JB (msn 1302) named “Royal Blue” prepares to depart from Long Beach.

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JetBlue Airways to start seasonal service to Palm Springs on January 14, 2016

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced it will begin seasonal nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in Southern California this winter, subject to government approval. Palm Springs will be JetBlue’s ninth destination in the Golden State.

The new flights will operate five times per week, Thursday through Monday, between January 14, 2016 and May 1, 2016.

JetBlue will operate Airbus A320s on the route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N509JB (msn 1270) in the Tartan tail design lands at Long Beach, CA.

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Delta to add Seattle/Tacoma – Edmonton service

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) continues to build up its Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) hub. The carrier will add daily Delta Connection Bombardier CRJ700 jet service from SEA to Edmonton, Alberta per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. SkyWest Airlines’ Bombardier CRJ700 (CL-600-2C10) N614SK (msn 10051) lands at Long Beach.

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JetBlue takes a stand against the U.S. Big Three – American, Delta and United, defends “Open Skies”

JetBlue Airways (New York), which has business agreements with 40 international airlines, including codeshare agreements with Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, not surprisingly, has taken a strong stand against the position currently being held and promoted by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines against the Gulf Big Three in the on-going dispute between the two warring group over alleged government subsidies.

According to this report by Mary Schlangenstein of Bloomberg Business, JetBlue Airways stated “U.S. regulators should review the agreements known as immunized joint ventures to ensure they are “truly benefiting the traveling public,” JetBlue said in a letter to the secretaries of the State, Commerce and Transportation departments Tuesday. The accords should be re-examined periodically, the airline said.”

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N789JB (msn 4612) approaches the runway at the focus city of Long Beach, California.

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JetBlue Airways launches flights from Cleveland, its 88th destination

JetBlue Airways (New York) today (April 30) launched service to its latest destination, Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport (CLE), with twice daily flights from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and daily flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Today, the airline also introduced daily flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood to Detroit’s Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW).

JetBlue at CLE

Above Photo: Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The JetBlue ticket counter at CLE.

Cleveland is JetBlue’s 88th BlueCity and the 55th nonstop destination from Boston, where it is the largest operating airline. From Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, JetBlue’s growing South Florida focus city, JetBlue now offers 30 nonstop destinations and with these two latest routes, the airline continues to strengthen its position in this key market as it ramps up its schedule to 100 daily flights.

JetBlue’s Schedule between Boston and Cleveland as of April 30, 2015:

BOS – CLE CLE – BOS

6:45 a.m. – 8:47 a.m. 9:29 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

4:15 p.m. – 6:22 p.m. 6:58 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

JetBlue’s Schedule between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood as of April 30, 2015:

FLL – CLE CLE – FLL

8:00 a.m. – 10:49 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 2:18 p.m.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N796JB (msn 5060) prepares to depart from Long Beach.

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JetBlue Airways Corporation reports first quarter net income of $137 million

JetBlue Airways Corporation (New York) issued its first quarter financial report today:

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JetBlue Airways Corporation today reported its results for the first quarter 2015:

Operating income of $253 million in the first quarter. This compares to operating income of $41 million in the first quarter of 2014

Pre-tax income of $222 million in the first quarter. This compares to pre-tax income of $6 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Net income of $137 million, or $0.40 per diluted share. This compares to JetBlue’s first quarter 2014 net income of $4 million, or $0.01 per diluted share.
Financial Performance

JetBlue reported record first quarter operating revenues of $1.5 billion. Revenue passenger miles for the first quarter increased 11.1% to 9.6 billion on a capacity increase of 9.6%, resulting in a first quarter load factor of 84.3%, an increase of 1.2 points year over year.

Yield per passenger mile in the first quarter was 14.64 cents, up 3.1% compared to the first quarter of 2014. Passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) for the first quarter 2015 increased 4.5% year over year to 12.33 cents and operating revenue per available seat mile (RASM) increased 3.0% year over year to 13.34 cents.

Operating expenses for the quarter decreased 2.9%, or $38 million, over the prior year period. Interest expense for the quarter declined 8.9%, or $3 million, as JetBlue continues to reduce its debt. JetBlue’s operating expense per available seat mile (CASM) for the first quarter decreased 11.3% year over year to 11.13 cents. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, first quarter CASM1decreased 1.9% to 7.95 cents.

Operational Performance

Despite a series of winter storms, which created operational challenges, system on time departures, or D0, improved 1.8 points year-over-year in the first quarter. System arrival performance, or A14, also improved 1.4 points.

“We posted strong first quarter results based on healthy demand across our network and a continued focus on cost control. Our 16,500 crewmembers delivered great customer service despite the challenges presented by winter storms. I’d like to thank all our Crewmembers for their hard work. They truly inspired humanity during this busy winter period.” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s President and CEO.

Fuel Expense and Hedging

In the first quarter JetBlue had hedges in place for approximately 21% of its fuel consumption. This resulted in a realized fuel price of $2.06 per gallon, a 34% decrease versus first quarter 2014 realized fuel price of $3.14. JetBlue recorded $35 million in losses on fuel hedges settling during the first quarter.

JetBlue has hedged approximately 20% of its second quarter 2015 projected fuel requirements using a combination of jet fuel swaps and collars. Based on the fuel curve as of April 20th, JetBlue expects an average price per gallon of fuel, including the impact of hedges and fuel taxes, of $2.11 in the second quarter. For the balance of the year beyond the second quarter, JetBlue has hedged approximately 14% of projected fuel consumption.

Liquidity and Cash Flow

JetBlue ended the quarter with approximately $1 billion in unrestricted cash and short term investments, or about 17% of trailing twelve month revenue. In addition, JetBlue maintains $600 million in undrawn lines of credit.

During the first quarter, JetBlue repaid approximately $55 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations. JetBlue anticipates paying approximately $216 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations during the remainder of 2015 and plans to continue to opportunistically prepay other debt. JetBlue expects to pay approximately $43 million in regularly scheduled debt and capital lease obligations in the second quarter of 2015.

“JetBlue had a strong first quarter despite challenging winter weather conditions.” said Mark Powers, JetBlue’s Chief Financial Officer. “As we look forward, we expect to implement the return accretive initiatives we outlined at Investor Day and improve the balance sheet while continuing to reinvest in our business.”

Second Quarter and Full Year Outlook

For the second quarter of 2015, CASM excluding fuel and profit sharing is expected to increase between 1.0% and 3.0% versus the year-ago period. Excluding fuel and profit sharing, CASM for the full year 2015 is forecasted to grow between zero and two percent year over year.

Capacity is expected to increase between 5.5% and 7.5% in the second quarter 2015 and between 7.0% and 9.0% for the full year, in line with prior guidance.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N793JB (msn 4647) in the Barcode tail design lands at the focus city of Long Beach.

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JetBlue announces the start date for flights from Albany, NY to Florida

JetBlue Airways (New York) has announced the start of service at Albany International Airport (ALB). The airline will operate daily service to its focus cities of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) starting on December 10, 2015.

With the addition of Albany, JetBlue will offer service to eight airports in New York State. JetBlue’s Schedule From Albany as of December 10, 2015:

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ALB – FLL FLL – ALB
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12:50 p.m. – 4:06 p.m. 9:14 a.m. – 12:07 p.m.
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ALB – MCO MCO – ALB
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4:45 p.m. -7:54 p.m. 1:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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JetBlue’s flights from Albany will be operated on 150-seat Airbus A320s.

Elsewhere in the Empire State, Queens-based JetBlue also serves airports in Buffalo; Newburgh; New York City (LaGuardia and Kennedy); Rochester; Syracuse; and Westchester County.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N665JB (msn 3348) in the Blueberries tail design lands at Long Beach.

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JetBlue Airways celebrates 15 years of flying with a new values logo jet

 

JetBlue Airways (New York) has repainted its Airbus A320-232 N598JB (msn 2314) in a new 15th Anniversary special color scheme that features keywords that represents the values of the company.

The pictured N598JB is now flying in the system (it departed Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood this morning bound for Lima, Peru) emblazoned with the five founding values across the fuselage and a brand new name: Bluemanity!

Later on February 17 JetBlue issued this statement:

JetBlue Airways today (February 17) unveiled its newest unique plane design, dedicated to JetBlue’s 16,000 crewmembers, and emblazoned with the values they share as they go above and beyond every day inspiring humanity. The salute comes as JetBlue celebrates 15 years this month of forging a uniquely contrarian path in air travel, originating with the same values that define the airline today.

The new livery, which has been applied to a JetBlue Airbus A320, features a word cloud of JetBlue’s mission of “Inspiring Humanity” and the core values that continue to set it apart: Safety, Caring, Integrity, Passion and Fun.

“In all our JetBlue cities, there are amazing stories of crewmembers going above and beyond to help our Customers and one another,” said Mike Elliott, senior vice president, people. “This plane with our values proudly displayed across the fuselage is a tribute to all JetBlue crewmembers, the best in the industry, who take our mission to inspire humanity and make it real every day.”

Bluemanity joins JetBlue’s fleet of 206 aircraft immediately, and flies as a symbol of appreciation to all those crewmembers who will ever touch it as it makes its way across our network.

Design Inspired by Jaelyn

The idea to honor crewmembers was inspired by a story that demonstrates JetBlue’s unique culture in action. In 2013, several crewmembers in Tampa stepped up to help the young granddaughter of one of their own who was facing a life-threatening heart condition called myocarditis. After Tech Ops crewmembers across the network held a fundraiser, $3,000 of the funds were stolen from a crewmember’s car. The event moved the entire community to rally around the little girl on her journey to a new heart.

JetBlue design inspired by Jaelyn

Next to the forward door of the aircraft, every customer who boards will see the symbol “Design Inspired by Jaelyn.” The emblem serves as a dedication to little Jaelyn, her new heart, and the crewmembers and their families who made it possible.

Continuing a contrarian model

Since JetBlue inaugurated service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Florida, with two daily nonstop flights on February 11, 2000, it quickly became known for its differentiated customer-focused approach, disrupting the traditional airline model during a difficult period for legacy airline carriers.

Today, JetBlue operates more than 825 daily flights to 87 destinations across the United States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America with a fleet of more than 200 aircraft, and continues to challenge industry standards. JetBlue offers the most legroom of any airline in coach(a), free seatback entertainment, unlimited free snacks and free Fly-Fi broadband internet. Even with these features, the airline recognizes the most powerful differentiator is the dedicated individuals who support their customers every day with safety, caring, integrity, passion, and fun.

Top Copyright Photo: Derin Allard/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 N598JB (msn 2314) arrives at Long Beach with the new design to celebrate 15 years of flying.

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JetBlue A320-200 N598JB (15-15th Anniversary)(Tail)(JetBlue)(LRW)

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