Archive for October 2008

October 22nd, 2008

Dining well quickly

Nearly all of the pre-launch attention from New York foodies has been focused, understandably so, on the T5 marketplace’s sit-down restaurants. As Rick Blatstein, CEO of our Business Partner OTG Management told USA Today, “Our objective is to change the ‘need to go to the airport early’ mind-set to ‘want to go to the airport […]

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October 22nd, 2008

Best view in the house – 6:45 a.m.

Just as the sun was rising over New York, people began heading over to the tail end of the East Concourse to check out the views. The Moroso Lounge is the best spot in the house to not only take in the sunrise, but also check out the action on the runways.

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October 22nd, 2008

First departure: 6 a.m.

Our Awesome JFK Crewmembers pushed our first departure out at 5:59 a.m. — a minute early — flight 709 en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico. This flight was another packed one, with this mom and babe-in-arms making history as some of the first jetters to depart T5: Tech Ops had the plane ready to […]

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October 22nd, 2008

First Customers gather their belongings – 5:10 a.m.

The first thing you do when you get of the plane is to make a bee line to the baggage claim area. That is exactly what the first Customers arriving from Burbank did after they were greeted with a celebration. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1ghDuq7Dq4&hl=en&fs=1]

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October 22nd, 2008

First Customers arrive to cheering Crewmembers – 5 a.m.

The first Customers into T5 arrived at Gate 11 at 5 a.m. as flight 358, the shut-eye, arrived early from Burbank. A big crowd of Crewmembers and cameras greeted them with cheers and applause, plus high-fives from VP of JFK Operations Alex Battaglia. Check out our Flickr gallery for more photos! Leave it to our […]

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October 22nd, 2008

Smiles all around – 3:45 a.m.

I mentioned it earlier, but I’ll say it again: for the wee hours, it’s an awfully happy bunch. And rightly so: this building, this day, and all it represents for our airline feels incredible. You walk into T5, and you can’t help but feel instantly excited about this new airline experience. Here are a few […]

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October 22nd, 2008

Just ask! 3:30 a.m.

T5 is a huge new building, and while many of us have spent a good deal of time roaming around its nooks and crannies the past few months, it can seem a little daunting for Crewmembers. Fortunately 100+ T5 Ambassadors are stationed around the terminal today and throughout the next few weeks to help you […]

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October 22nd, 2008

Little touches: Jetting every step of the way

The big day is here! Even though I’ve had the privilege of seeing our new building come together in various stages since I started in May, viewing it as a working terminal is something else entirely. This was the first time I’ve walked through security while it’s staffed by TSA, and I was struck by […]

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October 22nd, 2008

First Customers of T5 – 3:30 a.m.

This morning will be full of “firsts” for Customers and Crewmembers alike.  When I was making my way to T5 this morning – it put a smile on my face to answer the taxi cab driver’s question of “Where to?” with a “T5, please.” A request this cab driver probably hasn’t heard since 2001 when […]

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October 22nd, 2008

Adiós T6 – midnight

As it happens, Puerto Rico lands the last flight out of T6 and the first flight out of T5! Just before midnight, flight 727 departed for Aguadilla on the west coast of the island, ably piloted by two of JetBlue’s finest Flight Ops Crewmembers, shown here with Airport Ops supervisor David Woodward, who worked the […]

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