March 22, 2011

JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic Team Up on Transatlantic Travel

We’re pleased to announce that we’re teaming up with Virgin Atlantic, the award-winning long-haul airline, to launch a new transatlantic interline partnership. In addition to the most legroom in coach with JetBlue, you can enjoy one of the longest fully flat beds in Virgin’s business class. And who wouldn’t want to take advantage of Virgin’s sweet suite onboard bar (a couple of strong ones on the rocks followed by a cozy nap in Virgin’s snooze lounge? Yes, please!).

Effective today, travellers can connect with ease from London, Glasgow and Manchester on Virgin Atlantic onward to JetBlue’s domestic flights serving destinations including Baltimore, Maryland; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; San Diego, California; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Tampa, Florida.

The airlines will interline in the following Virgin Atlantic-operated transatlantic markets that depart from JetBlue’s Boston, New York, Washington and Orlando focus cities:

·         Boston – London (Heathrow)

·         New York (Kennedy) – London (Heathrow)

·         Orlando – Glasgow

·         Orlando – London (Gatwick)

·         Orlando – Manchester

·         Washington (Dulles) – London (Heathrow)

Under the agreement, travellers will be able to purchase single itineraries combining travel on JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic, bringing new travel options to customers of both airlines. On the day of travel, customers will be afforded the convenience of one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in whether their travel originates with JetBlue or Virgin Atlantic. Customers may purchase JetBlue-Virgin Atlantic travel beginning this week via the GDS, online travel agencies, or through Virgin Atlantic’s reservations call center.

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March 18, 2011

Weekly Airline News Roundup – Evaluation

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In some senses it was an action-packed week in the airline industry, particularly with regard to the devastating acts of nature in Japan, which caused first the halting of flights, followed by a return to air travel, and then a scramble to add flights to help people get out of the country.

In most other aviation news this week, especially in the West, the majority of the headlines took on a flavor of evaluation and scrutiny, an industry that spent the week taking a good look at itself and its policies.

Analysts in the U.S. this week pontificated on the probable loss of revenues generated by Japanese tourists who have more important things to worry about right now than vacationing in the U.S. to photograph the Statue of Liberty (the Japanese apparently make up the fourth largest group of visitors to the U.S.).

A new report this week produced by a U.S. Travel Association panel is calling for a ban on fees for first checked bags. The Boston Globe took an in-depth look at how airlines handle weather events, from in-house planning to proactive cancellations. Also this week came news that a study is underway to determine whether jet engine certification should include considerations for flocks of large birds (who have the occasional misfortune of untimely death by plane engine). And speaking of potentially unfortunate, the FAA is seeing push back from having recently pulled the emergency oxygen from on-board bathrooms in the name of security. Don’t worry, though, it’s not the general air circulation that was cut off, but rather the emergency oxygen (we know the thought of no air flow in a bathroom is more than anyone should have to endure).

Alaska is united this week as its House and Senate called on the TSA to reconsider the ramifications of full-body pat-downs (we know what you’re thinking – so NOT a hot Saturday night date!). Speaking of security, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano spoke this week of the “airport of tomorrow,” a proposed (though still hypothetical) airport security process that would involve things like allowing you to remain fully dressed and keep your first-born son.

The FAA this week announced it is taking a long, hard look at how in-flight Wi-Fi may or may not be interfering with avionics. And TSA this week is taking a long hard look at the full-body scanners to make sure they aren’t producing harmful radiation. With all the technology out there in the world, there’s still nothing quite like the warm, personal greeting of an actual human being, as showcased by the praise “Airport Navigators” are getting in Phoenix.

The most unfortunate news to come out of the West this week was the crash of a small plane in Long Beach, which killed five people and left one in critical condition. In unrelated large news of sorts, Boeing announced this week it might fly its largest jumbo jet this weekend, the 747-8,  which carries up to 467 people. Boeing may also get crackin’ on a third version of its 787 Dreamliner fleet, and Lufthansa announced this week it will be buying 35 new planes.

American this week announced it is lightening its load by replacing drink carts, seat bins, and TV monitors in efforts to cut costs with the rising price of fuel. American is lightening its load in a different way as well by asking flight attendants for a voluntary leave of absence. United may respond to the high cost of fuel by grounding aircraft, and Alaska Airlines made an oopsy when it thought that Orthodox Jewish men davening, or praying, on the plane was actually terrorist activity. They did a good job of apologizing though.

This week is JetBlue news, we celebrated National Potato Chip Day as well as St. Patrick’s Day, announced our partnership with Broadway’s new show, “Catch Me If You Can” and won the About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best U.S. Budget Airline.

As always, safe travels and have a great weekend. Thanks for reading!

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March 16, 2011

JetBlue sponsors Broadway’s new musical “Catch Me If You Can”

We’re pleased to announce a high-flying two-year partnership as the Official and Exclusive Airline of Broadway’s New Musical “Catch Me If You Can”.

The show is based on the hit DreamWorks film, “Catch Me If You Can” and began preview performances on March 11, with opening night set for April 10 at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre.

To celebrate the partnership with Customers, we’re hosting a special contest inviting fans to upload their audition video of their best “JetBlue Blue Carpet Correspondent” reading of a pre-determined news story about Frank Abagnale Jr. to catchmethemusical.com. One grand prize winner will be named the “JetBlue Blue Carpet Correspondent” for the April 10 Opening Night, and receive roundtrip airfare for two, hotel accommodations, show tickets and exclusive “Blue Carpet” and post-party access.

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March 10, 2011

Live from T5: Julie Feeney and a St. Patrick’s Day celebration

Today, we’re excited to announce that Irish recording artist Julie Feeney will be our next Live from T5 artist, performing as part of our two-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration in partnership with Tourism Ireland and Aer Lingus.

On March 16 and 17, leading up to Julie’s performance Thursday evening, our Customers will be invited to “Go Where Ireland Takes You” as T5 comes alive with all forms of Irish entertainment by traditional dancers, musicians and some of Ireland’s great mythological and folklore characters.

Customers will also get to enjoy traditional Irish music performed by The Atlantis Wave, and will have the opportunity to see a performances by step dancing troupes from the USG Performing ARTS, the Shehan Gormley School of Irish Dance and the Donny Golden School of Irish Dance. Green beer will be available for purchase at T5′s New York Sports Grill, select restaurants will be offering Jameson drink specials, and Irish Fare including Corned Beef and Cabbage and Sheppard’s Pie will be served in the Food Court. Complimentary goodies including shamrocks and Irish chocolates will be given out throughout the day.

About Julie Feeney

Julie Feeney performs live

Julie Feeney is a dramatic and stylish chamber-pop singer, composer, orchestrator and producer and the winner of the Choice Music Prize for ‘Irish Album of the Year,’ Ireland’s equivalent of the Mercury Music Prize. Her innovative sound and live show, while rooted in classical music, straddles the pop and theatrical worlds. She recently received a 10-minute standing ovation from a capacity audience of 1200 at Ireland’s National Concert Hall and she has sold out numerous Irish shows to rave reviews. Her music is widely broadcast on Irish TV and radio and her live show combines elements of theatre and performance art. For Live from T5, Julie Feeney will be the first to wear a Joanne Hynes-Helen Steele punk rocker sheep silk printed dress, which was made from video performance art by the art fashion duo Hynes and Steele. The ensemble was the opening look at London fashion week in February 2011.

Learn more about Julie at JulieFeeney.com.

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February 5, 2011

Watch Dave on CNBC

After announcing our fourth quarter and 2010 full year profit, our CEO Dave Barger paid a visit to the CNBC studios to talk about our earnings and the state of the industry.

His interview on their program Halftime Report focused on fuel and snow, and Dave also answered questions about international capacity, airline partnerships and government investment.

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January 27, 2011

JetBlue Announces 2010 Annual Profit

Today we reported our results for the fourth quarter and full year 2010:

  • Pre-tax income of $15 million in the fourth quarter. This compares to pre-tax income of $20 million in the year-ago period.
  • For the full year 2010, JetBlue reported pre-tax income of $161 million. This compares to a pre-tax income of $104 million for the full year 2009.
  • Net income for the fourth quarter was $9 million, or $0.03 per diluted share. This compares to JetBlue’s fourth quarter 2009 net income of $11 million, or $0.04 per diluted share.
  • For the full year 2010, JetBlue reported net income of $97 million, or $0.31 per diluted share. This compares to net income of $61 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the full year 2009.

“Clearly, 2010 was an excellent year for JetBlue,” said Dave Barger, our CEO. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our outstanding crewmembers, we successfully transitioned to a new customer service and reservations system, strengthened our network in key markets such as Boston and the Caribbean, and created new revenue opportunities through airline partnerships and other product enhancements. As we look ahead into 2011, we believe we are taking the right steps to continue to strengthen our airline and improve our competitive position.”

Press release

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December 25, 2010

New York Jets Fan Appreciation Week

On Sunday December 12, JetBlue was the presenting sponsor of the New York Jets Fan Appreciation Week, and home game vs. the Miami Dolphins. As the Official Airline of the Jets we took this opportunity to reward local fans and JetBlue Customers. During the week leading up to the game we offered fans a special deal on winter flights to Florida by surprising shoppers at the Jets Retail Shop in New York City with postcards for discount on flights. In addition, several lucky winners were awarded special prizes, including free flights, and a trip to Aruba!

During the game on December 12 it was impossible to miss the JetBlue logo and signage in the stadium; and we rewarded even more fans with a sponsored a halftime field goal kicking contest, and a lucky row giveaway. Jets Fan Appreciation Week is just another way we are promoting our partnership with NY’s beloved football team, rewarding Customers, and continuing to support our position as New York’s hometown airline.

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December 10, 2010

Yearly Airline News Roundup – 2010

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Happy Friday dear readers! As we near the end of the year, we’d like to use this opportunity to highlight our top ten JetBlue stories of 2010:

10. All You Can Jet 2010: All You Can Jet 2009 was so popular, we decided to bring it back for a second year. All You Can Jet 2010 offered two varieties of passes and produced many wonderful stories of people traveling for charity, soul-searching, or just plain fun. We also launched this year the TrueBlue Community, so our AYCJetters and other travelers could connect to share travel tips, stories, or even find one another en route.

9. Live From T5 Concert Series: 2010 produced some high-profile performers to our acclaimed Live From T5 Concert Series at our terminal at JFK, including Sarah McLachlan, Daughtry, Taylor Swift, and Straight No Chaser. Stay tuned for more!

8. Response to the earthquake in Haiti: The tragic events that took place in Haiti this year ignited a response from our Crewmembers that was admirable. From donations of food, money, and supplies to the actual deployment of a team to our station in Santo Domingo to help those coming through from Haiti, we pulled together with our friends from other airlines, the airports, and the government to ensure as best we could the safety and well-being of those less fortunate.

7. Community Involvement: We always keep in mind that our success should be the success of others, and are proud to have participated in and sponsored numerous charitable and community ventures in 2010. From supporting school children from the Dominican Republic to California, building playgrounds and promoting anti-bullying, our company and our Crewmembers reached out a helping hand this year to help make the world a better place.

6. Expansion in Boston: As the largest domestic carrier out of JFK, we thought it only fair to share the love with our brother BlueCity, Boston. We placed a focus this year on growing our service out of Boston and are pleased to now be the largest carrier out of Logan International Airport with the most flights and most destinations, and more to come in 2011!

5. Slide Deployment: We’d be remiss not to mention the dramatic exit of one our own and the weeks of  news stories that followed. You can’t make this shtick up.

4. New destinations: We added service to three more BlueCities in our network in 2010, including Punta Cana, Reagan National in Washington D.C., Hartford, with announcements made this year about exciting new destinations we’ll start flying to in 2011 including Turks & Caicos and Anchorage!

3. New partnerships: As we continue to grow we team up with more and more outstanding cousins in the airline world. This year alone we partnered with South African, American, Emirates, EL AL, and we look forward to more to come!

2. New reservations system: In the very beginning of 2010, we transitioned reservations system – no small task for an airline – in efforts to help better position us with a more robust business model.

1. 10th Anniversary! 2010 is a very special year for JetBlue, perhaps the most special, because we celebrate ten years in operations. We’ve taken the time this year to reflect on all that we’ve accomplished over the past decade and how much more we have to look forward to as we enter into our second decade. To celebrate with our Customers, we ran several big giveaway events in New York, Boston and beyond, and we look forward to celebrating our 20th Anniversary in an even bigger way!

As always, safe travels and have a great weekend! Thanks for reading!

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December 3, 2010

Weekly Airline News Roundup – Increase

Whether it be technologically, logistically, socially or otherwise, it felt like there was an increase in services, partnerships, offerings, etc. in the airline industry this week. The week started out with BA shareholders approving the proposed merger with Iberia, and LAN announcing its intention to increase its ownership by acquiring Colombian airline, AIRES.  Our friends over at Lufthansa this week announced that they will begin using biofuel soon and they also relaunched their in-flight high-speed internet this week, and our new friends at Emirates will increase service with its new destination, Basra, Iraq, and Geneva, Switzerland.

The major U.S. airlines, us included, are adding seats due to a more optimistic economic outlook.  And, despite expectations that the new TSA screening protocol would increase delays at airports during the busy Thanksgiving travel weekend, it was actually weather that slowed things down.

Southwest is seeing an increase in ticket scams, whereby people are buying airline miles online from sellers, only to find out they don’t translate to real tickets.  The Airline Transport Association, meanwhile, hopes to see an increase in their pull on K Street with the appointment of a GOP lobbyist as their new CEO.

In more fun news, airports and airlines are to blame for the increase in the accessibility of alcohol among travelers, making those 3 a.m. layovers potentially way more entertaining*. *We support the responsible consumption of alcohol and do not encourage behavior such as performing cartwheels in the terminal, singing in the jetbridge, or any other activities that may result from increased alcohol consumption at odd hours, especially in foreign places.

Singapore Airlines plans to return to its use of the A380s with service between Singapore and Melbourne. Richmond, Virginia, meanwhile is increasing funds to get travelers to fly on the low-cost carriers out of RIC in a “use ‘em or lose ‘em” campaign. And Airbus plans to update the engines and wings on its A320s.

The U.S. government decided this week to take over passenger checks, formally the responsibility of the airlines. Qatas is upping its game over its recent A380 engine woes by shoring up its options to sue Rolls-Royce. This week, the U.S. also increased the safety rating on Mexico, and United and Continental are increasing its efforts to resolve an ongoing pilot dispute using mediation.

This week at JetBlue, we announced our Getaways Top Secret Sale, announced plans for increased service between Long Beach and Las Vegas, and we held the latest in our Live From T5 Concert Series, Straight No Chaser.

As always, safe travels and have a great weekend.

Thanks for reading!

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November 23, 2010

TAG! You’re it! Welcome to the Get HandsOn Tag Challenge!

We’re the proud official sponsor of Get HandsOn Tag, Points of Light Institute’s game of virtual tag… and in this game the way to win is by doing good. With your cell phone, Facebook or Twitter account, you’ll be able to “tag” anyone you know who’d be interested in creating or volunteering on a service project. Once “You’re It,” you’ll get into the game by volunteering – anything from setting up a volunteer tutoring service for the young students in your neighborhood, to volunteering at your local HandsOn Action Center… whatever you can do to take action that makes an impact.

This is the type of partnership that we’re excited to help make happen. People’s willingness to volunteer their time and service has soared even in these difficult economic times. This renewed engagement in volunteering shows that at our core, no matter what struggles we may be going through, we all have a desire to help each other. Tag is a glowing example of that connection we all feel to one another.

So join us in playing Tag by becoming a part of the Get HandsOn Community at www.gethandson.com. Through the GetHandsON.com portal you can meet up with other Tag players, get great ideas for service projects, and bookmark that Tag Leaderboard to see where you rank on the list of Tag Masters! The community interacts with Facebook and Twitter, so all your friends and followers will see the good work you’re doing.

Try it right now – go ahead – get out that laptop or smart phone and head over to www.GetHandsOn.com to start tagging!  So… what are you waiting for? Tag, you’re it! Tag runs through December 17, 2010.

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