A plane named David


UPDATE (9/25/2019):

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David Neeleman and Family at JetBlue Terminal 5 A321neo Launch

We are excited to announce that we have officially welcomed the A321neo into service! Flight 1 took off from our hometown of New York (JFK), and made its way to Fort Lauderdale (FLL). The NEO’s extended range and fuel efficiency will enable us to offer new and longer routes, such as New York JFK to Guayaquil, Ecuador and JFK to Georgetown, Guyana.

We celebrated the NEO’s launch at JFK Terminal 5 with JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes and JetBlue Founder David Neeleman. We were honored to name this new aircraft after Neeleman and to formally dedicate it to him at an emotional ceremony. Accompanied by his family and friends, Neeleman also had the opportunity to step on board and check out all of the features of the new A321neo.

David Neeleman and Family On Board JetBlue A321neo

“You produced an airline that New York is so proud of. You’re New York’s only hometown airline” – Sen. Chuck Schumer


To commemorate the addition of the first A321neo to our fleet, New York Senator Chuck Schumer shared a few words of JetBlue pride via a recorded video message. Senator Schumer is a long-time fan of JetBlue, and has supported Neeleman in his goal of launching an airline that would return humanity to air travel. Sen. Schumer said, “You produced an airline that New York is so proud of. You’re New York’s only hometown airline.” He added, “JetBlue is about to approach its 20th anniversary. It has done great things for New York — for our economy, for jobs and just for providing good service for so many people who fly your airline.”

You can watch Sen. Schumer’s full video message to David Neeleman below.




We’re excited to introduce our first Airbus A321neo into the JetBlue fleet very soon, and we know a lot of you are too! Plane spotters have been tracking the progress and snapping photos of our newest plane and its new eye-catching tailfin design since early March.

With all those paparazzi photos of the plane though, one secret remained under wraps – the plane name! Well, today we were thrilled to see our very first A321neo, tail number N2002J rolling out of hangar with a name celebrating the legacy of JetBlue founder, David Neeleman.

Photo of the Airbus A321neo

When David brought together a group of airline veterans more than 20 years ago to create JetBlue, his vision of creating a low-cost airline that would bring humanity back to air travel was an instant sensation that shook up our industry.

In the years since, both David and Dave Barger built JetBlue into one of the most recognized and awarded airline brands in the world. And we’re honored to carry on that legacy and inspire humanity every day.

When you step inside the NEO, you’ll see the onboard experience is inspired by the same ideas and values that were important to David and our founders when they first made seatback TV and customer comfort a priority – only now, it’s fully updated for the next 20 years with the latest inflight entertainment technology, connectivity on every flight, incredible space and seat comfort, and a gorgeous cabin design.

The Airbus A321neo being painted

By the way, it’s not just David’s name that appears on the plane. That eye-catching new tail design was a collaborative effort between JetBlue’s design team and David himself! The pattern, dubbed “balloons,” includes five different colored balloons, representing the values which were selected by David and our founders long before JetBlue even had a name. Having David design the tail of the A321neo and dedicating the first one to him is our way of honoring his legacy and the impact he has made on JetBlue and our crewmembers.

The 'balloons' tailfin on the Airbus A321neo

The aircraft is nearing final certification and will go into scheduled service this September. We look forward to sharing details about the aircraft and its future routes in the weeks ahead.