As Boston’s largest airline with more flights in and out than any other carrier at Logan International Airport (BOS), we’re pleased to celebrate our aircraft maintenance base move to Hangar 8. Rob, our Chief Operating Officer along with other airline executives and crewmembers joined Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano (D-MA); Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary & Chief Executive Officer Richard A. Davey; Massport CEO & Executive Director Thomas P. Glynn and the Logan airport community to commemorate the announcement. Business partners working jointly with JetBlue on project were also on hand.
As we fly towards our goal of operating more than 150 daily departures, our on-site aircraft maintenance needs will also grow. Fifteen percent of our fleet passes through Boston daily, and about 50% of aircraft that remain overnight at Logan are Embraer E190s, significantly increasing the need for more jobs in Boston by the end of 2013. We plan to increase our current Tech Ops crewmember levels by 25%, adding 30 new jobs next year with special emphasis on maintaining our E190 aircraft.
We signed a five year lease on Hangar 8 in October of 2012. Hangar 8 was originally constructed for Northeast Airlines, which began service as Boston-Maine Airways in 1933. Amelia Earhart was one of Boston-Maine’s co-founders, and the building was dedicated to her memory in 1949.
JetBlue Tech Ops crewmembers uphold an uncompromising high standard of safety and service excellence when performing routine and non-routine maintenance and regulations compliance like Service Checks, Weekly Checks, A320 A-Checks, E190 600 Hour checks and higher, and Aircraft Modifications. The team also handles the procurement, repair and storage of aircraft parts. By late 2009, as our flights and destinations increased, on-site maintenance needs also grew in line with our network growth and Tech Ops began servicing up to 10 aircraft overnight with 57 crewmembers. We now serve up to 33 aircraft per night with 118 crewmembers, a 300% increase over the last three years. We employ 850 Tech Ops crewmembers across our 75-city network.
JetBlue’s Presence in Boston
On January 7, 2004 we recognizing the need for high quality, competitively priced air service in Boston, and began flying from Logan to three destinations: Denver, Orlando and Tampa, quickly followed by Fort Lauderdale and L.A./Long Beach. Bostonians warmly embraced our award-winning mix of friendly service, spacious assigned seating and free in-flight amenities, including a first checked bag, unlimited snacks and drinks, and live TV programming on personal seatback screens, which prompted us to add more service.
We’ve experienced exponential growth since our debut in 2004, adding an average of five new destinations annually. This year, we launched direct service to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Tex., Grand Cayman, The Cayman Islands and Nantucket, Mass., and announced new service to Charleston, S.C. in 2013 with more to come. We now operate more than 100 daily flights to 46 nonstop destinations across the U.S., Caribbean and Mexico and serve approximately 7 million customers at Logan annually.
Customers connecting through Boston on JetBlue from select destinations can also take advantage of convenient onward service to Europe and beyond on our partner airlines Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Icelandair, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa and Virgin Atlantic, or to destinations throughout New England with Cape Air.
In addition to our Boston focus city, where we employ more than 2,000 crewmembers, we offer service from six other New England airports: Burlington, Vt.; Hartford, Conn.; Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass.; Portland, Maine; and Providence, R.I.