February 8, 2010

10th Anniversary stories – How I Came to JetBlue

Wendy Petties, Facilitator Leadership

When I got the call from recruiter Natalie White, I was literally around the corner from the hospital where I was scheduled to have spinal surgery in less than 2 hours. I was both excited to learn that JetBlue had gotten my application and resume and had called me and worried that my impending surgery would blow this opportunity.

When I explained where I was and said that I could not talk now but would be out of the hospital in a few days Natalie reassured me and help me to put my priorities in order by telling me to get off the phone and get better and that she would check on me the next week sometime. Like clockwork Natalie called the next day and, after asking about my well-being, said that she would send me the information to prepare for my interview and would schedule it for a month later. Since I was unsure I would be walking by then it was a tentative date.

I was just off of my walker a month later and came in and interviewed and then was hired. I only returned to my prior job on Wall Street to close up my projects and to say goodbye. My first day was February 14, 2007 – that infamous day. My friends at AIG laughed at me and my choice of JetBlue as the media was being brutal to us. I was happy with my choice when I saw fellow Crewmembers pitching in to help in any way they could. I knew this was the place I wanted to be. They just laughed. Look who is laughing now AIG!!! I will stick with us any day! Happy Birthday JetBlue – Happy Birthday Us!

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3 Comments on “10th Anniversary stories – How I Came to JetBlue”

  • Posted by Captain Billy on February 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I was one of the first to be hired and was actually the first to be retired! My JetBlue experience was absolutely splendid from that first day, listening to David & Dave’s first “pocket session” to my last trip delivering a brand new JetBlue jet from Toulouse.

    When I arrived on a cold September morning in 1999 we were not even JetBlue then, we were called “New Air!” We had NO aircraft, NO gates and NO certificate to operate. All we had was an office at 90 Park Avenue.

    The entire company fit in one meeting room. From that auspicious beginning to having over 12000 JetBlue Crew is an amazing story, an amazing decade!

    Cheryl and I still hear from some of the JetBlue Crew and appreciate being kept up-to-date. We sure miss the interaction with everyone.

    Best Wishes to you all as you begin a new decade of growth and achievement.

  • Posted by CorpComm on February 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Great story, Captain Billy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Posted by Steven Slater on March 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I hope you are having a ball in your retirement! How exciting to have been a part of this from the ground up. I got in a couple years ago, and while I missed out on those “early days” I still know that I am well poised for the future as we can only get bigger and better from here. Thanks to you and all the “pioneers” who made this place what is is for the rest of us today! Al the best.
    Steven JFK F/A

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