November 7, 2013

It’s a Worcester kind of day

Today we’re kicking off service to our 80th BlueCity: Worcester, Massachusetts. Now that the weather has taken a turn for the chillier, daily non-stop service to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando is looking mighty fine to Worcester travelers.

At Worcester Regional Airport, inaugural festivities are in full force with speakers including Worcester government officials, representatives from Massport, and our Chief People Officer Joanna Geraghty.

P.S: Even More Speed is also launching today at ORH!

The historic “Miss Worcester Diner” (also called Worcester Lunch Car #812) can be found at 300 Southbridge Street. It has been serving up crowd pleasers since 1948 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Meet First Officer Jeremy P., a Worcester native

FO Jeremy (E190 BOS) was born and raised in Worcester, so it’s no surprise he’s excited about our new service. A few months ago, Jeremy sent us the below photo with his nephew, Caleb, at the War Birds Fly-In at Worcester Airport. We got in touch with Jeremy a few days ago to get his thoughts on JetBlue coming to ORH, air shows, and other pilot stuff:

BlueTales: Was this your first time seeing the War Birds?
Jeremy P.: This was my first opportunity to see the War Birds in Worcester since I was a kid. My parents used to take me and my brother and I always thought it was great because we could actually climb into the airplanes.

This was Caleb’s first air show. I got him a size 4 bomber jacket and taped my name tag to it. He was a hit with the pilots, who asked him if he was going to be one when he grows up. His response: “I’m already a pilot, I know how to fly!”

BT: On a scale of 1-10, how excited are you about the new ORH service?
JP: I am very excited! In fact, I’m operating the flight from Orlando to Worcester on Sunday! My friends are family in Worcester are also looking forward to the convenience of our new service.

BT: Do you frequently go to air shows? Favorite aircraft? 
JP: “I do! My favorite is the Chicago Air & Water Show with the Blue Angels. The F/A -18E/F Super Hornet is probably my favorite aircraft to watch because of the low-altitude maneuvering the pilots do during a show. Every time the Super Hornet flies over, it makes your chest rumble.

BT: Since you’re from Worcester, tell us some insider info on the airport that Crewmembers may not know.
JP: The airport is actually a popular place to have a wedding. I have a friend who recently attended a wedding which was held in the very terminal JetBlue will be using today. The invitations were pseudo boarding passes. Instead of leaving the wedding in a limo, the newlyweds left in a rented aircraft.

Jeremy in Punta Cana

More photos from Worcester’s launch of service

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