April 4, 2014

Aviation Education Takes Flight with a little Sun n’ Fun

You may have already guessed, but a lot of our crewmembers have been passionate aviation enthusiasts all their lives. That passion is something we love to encourage in the next generation of our industry. We recently launched the JetBlue Foundation to encourage STEM and aviation education, and on April 2, we provided a special charter flight experience to 75 high school and college aviation students for a trip to the Sun-N-Fun Show and Expo in Lakeland, Florida.   Top students from several aviation schools with dream of becoming pilots, technicians, air traffic controllers, and future aviation leaders were invited  to this expo to further encourage their interests and reward their hard work as they pursue careers in aviation.  Students from 10 schools in New York and Florida participated in the event, including three of the schools that were recipients of the first round of grants from the JetBlue Foundation.

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At Sun & Fun, event attendees were able to board JetBlue’s aircraft to tour the flight deck, talk to our crew, get to know more about JetBlue, and how to pursue a career in aviation. Waiting for attendees on board, were individuals from all levels of our Gateway Pilot training program, JetBlue crewmembers as well as our CEO Dave Barger and our Chief People Officer and JetBlue Foundation President, Joanna Geraghty.

As an added bonus for attendees, parked right in the pavilion was a plane built by students from Circle Christian SchoolThe plane is not just a source of pride for the students in the school’s Eagle’s Nest Orlando Project, but also 15 JetBlue pilots, JetBlue University instructors, and technicians who helped these students build the plane as part of a mentorship program.

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JetBlue is on a mission to inspire humanity, and partnering with Sun-N-Fun, and their mission to preserve and enhance the future of flight through world-class events that inspire and educate people of all ages, is a perfect fit. We can’t wait to see what this energized next generation of aviation professionals will add to this industry we hold so dear.

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October 24, 2011

JetBlue At the Education Nation 2011 Summit

Our CEO Dave Barger recently participated in the Education Nation panel moderated by Tom Browkaw. Dave, along with other top business executives, civic leaders and educators addressed the current state of the 21st century workforce and the importance of educating America’s students to compete in a global economy. Dave who also Chairs the educational organization, PENCIL, spoke about the private sector’s involvement in education, its role in creating awareness, and partnering business leaders with schools to make a difference.

Watch the full discussion on MSNBC by clicking on the below video.

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July 5, 2010

Be True: Dr. Jay is true to wilderness medicine education

As you may know, we launched our Be True campaign last week, which tells the story of six outstanding TrueBlue members and what they hold to be true. Meet one of the six below, Dr. Jay.

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Dr. Jay Lemery doesn’t have to wear a white coat to do the most good. From mountain rescues to hurricanes to earthquakes, he’s taught his students to always be leaders in the field of wilderness medicine. Where modern medicine has an infinite toolkit, wilderness medicine is the opposite. It relies on ingenuity of a doctor with very limited resources — sometimes nothing more than a Swiss Army knife.

Jay loves to hear from his former students, many who are making a difference all over the world. They use the knowledge he shared with them to help people in disaster situations or in undeveloped countries. His wilderness medicine education program has had a ripple effect across continents and cultures.

We admire people who do more with their passion, people who share their knowledge, people who are true. It’s this commitment to people that helped inspire TrueBlue, our redesigned rewards program.

Watch the video and learn more about Be True

Join the discussion on Facebook

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October 2, 2014

JetBlue Crewmembers Recycle 37,000 lbs. Of Clothing

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If you’ve flown JetBlue in the last few months, you’ve certainly noticed those sharp new uniforms they’re now sporting. We’re incredibly proud of the first big refresh to our uniforms since we were founded in 2000, but as with any big wardrobe update, we were left wondering what to do with all those retired styles that still had some use in them.

While some of you may be able to take a trip to the local vintage shop or Goodwill, with uniforms coming in from more than 10,000 crewmembers, a trip to the local Salvation Army wasn’t really an option for us, so we started looking for creative ways to clear out the closet while keeping with our values. After a lot of research, and learning from some truly inspiring groups, we finally found a solution.

JetBlue Airways announced today a recycling donation of more than 18.5 tons of used clothing, uniforms and fabric to several non-profit partners including Planet Aid, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that collects and recycles worn clothing and shoes to support health, agricultural, educational, and environmental programs in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. 18.5 tons, or about 98,666 t-shirts is a lot to transport, so JetBlue partnered with Loomstate to bring it all together. Loomstate is part of the new wave of fashion houses that see beauty in creating high-end pieces from recycled materials. With their expertise in recycling fabric, JetBlue was able to find a purposeful second life for its old uniforms.

As part of JetBlue’s uniform recycling program, donated clothing items can now be worn again. Donated items were sent to eight donation centers and regulated uniform, like pilot and flight attendant uniforms, were sent to special facilities in Arizona or Massachusetts to be turned into more fabric. – sorry folks, you’re not going to find easy pilot outfits for Halloween. Those uniforms can’t just be resold so people can pretend to be a JetBlue pilot!  Of the 37,000 pounds of collected textile, approximately 11,538 pounds were donated as clothing and 25,462 pounds were shredded and donated as fabric, resulting in zero pounds going to landfill.

Although flight attendants and pilots first come to mind when thinking about uniforms, there is a cadre of other uniformed crewmembers within an airline. JetBlue crewmembers, from various stations voluntarily brought in their old uniform pieces and the airline organized local pickups and deliveries to sorting centers. At these centers, pilot shirts were sent for shredding and recycling. Other pieces were packaged with donations of clothing and shoes from around the country and sent to communities in need in throughout the US, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Most of the clothing collected by Planet Aid will be given a second life. These items are bundled in Planet Aid warehouses and shipped to other countries where the demand for used clothing is high.

Sophia Mendelsohn, JetBlue’s head of sustainability was key to this initiative, “At JetBlue, we are conscious of the greenhouse gas emissions from our planes and the impact we create from our buildings and crewmembers. We are always thinking about saving jet fuel to reduce emissions. Yet, we should also be thinking about other ways to decrease our impact. With the introduction of our new uniforms, we sought out creative yet useful ways to save the old uniforms and fabric from landfills,”

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JetBlue encourages customers to also explore ways to donate used clothing and fabric. Visit our partners for more details at PlanetAid.org, SalvationArmyUSA.org or Goodwill.org.

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July 31, 2014

Students “ACE” their introduction to aviation

Earlier this month, the JetBlue Foundation partnered with the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) for their  annual Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy initiative at JetBlue’s Hangar and T5 at JFK, as well as, JetBlue University in Orlando. Students from local aviation schools and programs in New York and Oakridge High in Orlando participated. ACE Academy and the JetBlue Foundation have a joint goal – to increase awareness of aviation-related careers among students from underserved areas. According to current statistics, less than five percent of pilots in the commercial aviation industry are women or people of color.

For the third year in a row, ACE Academy students in Orlando visited JetBlue University to learn about the various jobs available behind-the-scenes of an airline. Students also got to experience and fly in the airline’s E-190 simulators. This year also marked the first-ever ACE Academy in New York City. JetBlue Captain Jovan O’Bryant coordinated exclusive opportunities for budding aviators in the Big Apple including a special behind-the-scenes tour of JetBlue’s terminal and maintenance hangar at JFK and a first-hand look at the many roles that keep an airline running.

The JetBlue Foundation also supported initiatives in Chicago and St. Croix. The Chicago program was coordinated by JetBlue Captain Robert Holmes, a product of an ACE Academy. Twenty years ago, Captain Holmes was an ACE Academy student, a step he says encouraged his ambitions to become a pilot. Capt. Holmes credits the ACE Academy with giving him the opportunity to not only tour an aircraft but actually giving him the first chance to fly one.

The ACE Academy includes a curriculum complete with presentations by aviation pioneers such as the Tuskegee Airmen and aviation professionals from a wide range of industry careers. Students also take part in special field trips and conduct a “Discovery Flight,” where they receive hands-on flight training with a certified FAA Flight Instructor.

For more information on OBAP and the ACE Academy initiative, visit the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals.

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April 30, 2014

Our sixth annual Responsibility Report

Last week we released our sixth annual Responsibility Report, highlighting the progress we’ve made in 2013 in the environmental and social responsibility arenas. From initiatives like onboard recycling, to investing in our crewmembers and the communities in which we live in.

Read highlights of the report below or read the complete report here.

Climate Change and Decreasing Environmental Impact

  • Climate change: JetBlue is communicating transparently about climate change. We work every day to reduce our environmental impact and are fully committed to meeting the International Air Transport Association (IATA) targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. These include joining an industry pledge to cut carbon emissions 50 percent by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. (Want to learn more? Our CEO Dave Barger was recently speaking about it.)
  • Partnering to protect oceans: No one benefits when oceans and beaches are polluted. JetBlue teamed up with The Ocean Foundation to explore a novel approach to ocean health in the Caribbean. Destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean make up one-third of our route network, and the health and appearance of these destinations have a direct impact on our revenue. With The Ocean Foundation’s help, JetBlue is showing the economic value of clean beaches by directly tying the importance of nature to the airline’s main economic measure – revenue per available seat mile (RASM). (Want to help? Take our survey!)
  • Composting: In most terminals valuable food scraps are sent to landfills, where their nutritional value is lost and they emit GHGs during decomposition. JetBlue decided to do something different. At JFK’s T5, we began a partnership to compost food waste.  Through our composting partnership, we send nearly 300 pounds of material each day (55 tons annually) to a composting facility where it is turned into fertilizer and nutrient-rich soil for farms.

Governance and Transparency

  • Conflict materials: JetBlue purchases minerals to make the TVs on the aircraft. These TVs would not work without critical minerals to transmit signals and images. These minerals can only be sourced through mining in specific locations and not all mining and sourcing is created equal. Some minerals including, but not limited to, tungsten, tantalum, tin and gold, come from mines that engage in horrific and widespread human atrocities. We do not intend to fund these mines through its supply-chain and have started a deep audit of its supply-chain connected to their TVs and its LiveTV subsidiary that manufactures them.

Investing in its People

  • Marriage equality: JetBlue treats all crewmembers equally. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) made this difficult. For some crewmembers, this meant their partners could not be recognized as “spouses” by federal law, and couldn’t receive federal marriage benefits. Last year, JetBlue signed an amicus brief together with 278 employers and organizations, in the case of United States vs Windsor, who was challenging the Act’s constitutionality.

Investing in the Community

  • Volunteerism: JetBlue’s Community Connection program ties corporate giving with crewmembers’ passions. Through this program, crewmembers log the hours they volunteer with nonprofits and for every 25 hours, JetBlue donates a travel certificate for the charity of their choice. In total, 1,040 crewmembers volunteered 69,635 hours of their own time in 2013.
  • STEM/Aviation Education: JetBlue took its support for STEM education to the next level in 2013. By creating the JetBlue Foundation, the airline will put aviation on the map as a top career choice for students. The Foundation is company-sponsored, but independent from JetBlue. In 2013, the Foundation awarded $25,000 grants to three aviation-focused high school and college programs.

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March 18, 2014

JetBlue and First Book team up in Detroit

They say it’s important to make a good first impression. So when we start service to a new city, we like to do something that shows our new neighbors a little about those things that drive us. At JetBlue we’re all about those relationships we build with our customers, and the communities we serve, after all, it’s those people that allow us to come to work every day! So, when we launched our newest Blue City last week, our corporate focus on youth and education, and our crewmembers’ passion for individual service with our  Community Connection program, came together for everyone to gain a great understanding, and leave one heck of an impression.

Detroit is a vibrant city with a rich musical and industrial history creating a truly unique culture. This culture has been tested in recent years with economic hardships though, so when we launched our service between Detroit and Boston last week, we called on our friends at First Book to help us give some much needed resources to Robert Burns Elementary School. See a little of the day in this video.

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December 20, 2013

At JetBlue, We Encourage Students to Keep Their Heads in the Clouds!

The sky is literally the limit for aviation students. Tuesday at JFK’s T5, we celebrated the launch of the JetBlue Foundation. Students from Aviation High School, York College, and SUN ‘n FUN were all in attendance and enjoyed the T5 experience, complete with a tour of our Ops Center and Control Tower. At the event, we issued each organization a $25,000 grant.

No other airline has gone on record to build a foundation solely focused on supporting aviation education. The JetBlue Foundation, a company-sponsored initiative to encourage and advance aviation-related education, will continue our efforts to place aviation top-of-mind as a career choice for students by igniting interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.  This year, the JetBlue Foundation provided three $25,000 grants to schools and educational alliances focusing on STEM and aviation-related programs geared towards underserved groups and communities.

JetBlue Foundation 2013 grant recipients include:

  • Aviation High School (Long Island City, NY): Aviation High School, the nation’s largest public aeronautical high school, will use its grant to launch an Aviation Welding Improvement Plan to ensure students have the resources to earn an FAA certification as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician. This includes purchasing the advanced technologies and materials needed to prepare students for today’s job market. Over 2,300 students, primarily from under-represented groups, attend Aviation High School.

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  • CUNY Aviation Institute at York College (Jamaica, NY): With this grant, York College will develop a curriculum to establish an FAA-approved Aircraft Dispatcher Certification program, making it the first public education institution in New York to offer this type of program. More than 82% of the student population is from under-represented groups and 66% of the undergraduate student body is women.

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  • SUN ‘n FUN (Lakeland, FL): SUN ‘n FUN, a nonprofit organization, will use its grant to further their mission to preserve and enhance the future of flight by purchasing tools and educational items for powerplant mechanic students at Central Florida Aerospace Academy, a high school located in Lakeland, Florida. Students from Traviss Career Center, a vocational training facility, as well as Polk State College will also use these items for STEM-focused education.

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The JetBlue Foundation plans to build lasting relationships with these programs beyond the initial grants including mentoring, in-kind support, internships and more. The airline already has an extensive relationship with Aviation High School (AHS).  Hundreds of JetBlue crewmembers, including 80+ Technicians, received their start at Aviation High School. JetBlue is also a PENCIL partner with AHS. Several JetBlue senior leaders work with school officials including JetBlue’s CEO Dave Barger who is currently working with administrators at AHS through PENCIL.  PENCIL connects business leaders and public school administrators to inspire innovation and improve student achievement.

The airline also works with CUNY Aviation Institute at York College to emphasize STEM initiatives with a focus on encouraging women to pursue careers in aviation. Last year JetBlue organized a special charter flight to the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-in & Expo in Lakeland, Florida. The airline welcomed students from schools in New York and Florida with a strong focus on STEM education for a tour of a JetBlue aircraft and to interact with crewmembers during the week-long expo for active pilots and aviation enthusiasts. A group of crewmembers also joined and shared the day with students and aviation enthusiasts from across the country.

To learn more about the JetBlue Foundation, visit www.jetblue.com/inspiringhumanity.

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October 22, 2013

Blue Bravest is on its way UPDATE: photos!

What:   Our newest A320 livery in support of the FDNY Foundation is coming home to New York!

When:   Wednesday, October 23, 2013  approximately 7:15 AM EST

Where:   Spot the plane as it makes a NYC fly by along the West side of Manhattan

Like all New Yorkers, we have a special place in our hearts for the brave men and women of the New York City Fire Department. In fact, many of them are family; around 250 of our crewmembers are former FDNY!

As a company, we are proud to support the FDNY Foundation - the official not-for-profit of the FDNY established to promote Fire Safety in New York City and the professional development, training, and education of members of the FDNY.

To honor these great men and women and our support for the FDNY Foundation, we’re introducing a beautiful new custom paint job on one of our A320s and will show it off by flying it along the West side of Manhattan Wednesday morning. We’re calling it “Blue Bravest” but the one thing we’re not doing is telling you what it looks like ahead of time! (update: Now we are!)

So New Yorkers: get yourself up early to tweet a photo of it and you can enter for a chance to win two JetBlue Domestic travel certificates; Here’s how:

How to enter:

  • Snap a photo of our newest custom livery “Blue Bravest” (Tail# N615JB) as it comes to New York in the morning of October 23rd. Not in New York? Don’t worry, you can use the photo we’ll tweet in the afternoon!
  • Post the photo to Twitter between 7:00:00 AM EST and 11:59:00 PM EST on October 23, 2013
  • Your Twitter update must include the hashtag #BlueBravest and mention @JetBlue
  • You must be following JetBlue’s Twitter account @JetBlue

Grand Prize (one winner)

  • Two (2) roundtrip domestic travel certificates between any of JetBlue’s US destinations

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Sweepstakes begins at 7:00:00 AM EST on October 23, 2013 and ends at 11:59:59 PM EST on October 23, 2013. Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico who are 18 years or older at time of entry. Void outside the U.S. and where prohibited or restricted by law. See official rules for details.

 

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August 20, 2013

Live From T5: Goodie Mob!

We’re excited to announce the next up in our Live From T5 concert series: an exclusive live performance by the newly reunited hip hop group – Goodie Mob on Monday, September 9 at 6 p.m. ET.

Celebrating their reunion after a 14 year hiatus, Grammy-Award winning artist CeeLo Green will join original Goodie Mob group members Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo to perform selections from their new CD “Age Against the Machine,” which drops on August 27. This pioneering rap group will perform their critically acclaimed first single entitled “Special Education” as well as other songs. CeeLo will also perform some of his solo hits.

 

This exclusive concert marks the first hip hop performance as part of our concert series. JetBlue’s Live From T5 concerts are held post-security at Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York and are available exclusively to ticketed customers and lucky contest winners.

JetBlue and Goodie Mob have partnered with Atlantic Records to provide some of Goodie Mob’s biggest fans with special access to this show and an opportunity to meet the group. Additionally, as a special treat, JetBlue will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to several lucky TrueBlue members.

 

 

Learn more about Goodie Mob
Learn more about our Live From T5 concert series

 

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