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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November 19, 2010

Weekly Airline News Roundup – Scanning

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Happy Friday folks! This week was chock-full-of-news, the most voluminous of which is the new TSA screening protocol and the backlash it has received from myriad facets of the traveling public. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano wrote this week that the scanners are safe and the pat-downs discreet, meanwhile conflicting reports say that the scanners may release harmful radiation and hundreds of images of people were released from the machines that supposedly could not store data; and groups from all over the world are staging protests.

TSA hubbub aside, there was plenty of other newsworthy items to befall the airline industry this week, not least of which was a suspected bomb discovered on an Air Berlin flight, continued woes on Qantas flights, and Japanese airline officials charged with price-fixing.

Pilots and regulators are at heads over the new pilot fatigue rules, due to the exorbitant costs it will impart on the airlines.  Boeing and Airbus are also taking pause over costs about whether they will redesign their narrow-bodied planes to increase efficiency. Canada is also remiss about the high fees they incur that their friends across the border in the U.S.  do not face.

Richmond is worried they will lose low-cost carriers if people don’t start flying them more, Oneworld Alliance adds Russia to its family, and Emirates wins the PAX catering award for best inflight meals.

Southwest announced three new routes in the U.S. this week and Delta is increasing its service to Europe and Asia. The Airbus 380, meanwhile, is getting lots of media play again this week, much of it positive, including the sale of 380s to Japanese low-cost carrier Skymark, concern about whether there are enough A380 engine parts available, and the return of Emirates’ A380 service to New York.

This week at JetBlue, we launched service to Hartford, announced a partnership with Emirates,  three new TrueBlue partnerships with Avis, Budget, and FTD, a reciprocal frequent flyer agreement with American, doubled our service to Orlando from Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, and shared our winter weather operations plan. Stop. Pause. Breathe.

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

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November 14, 2010

Partnering with The Dream Project to help public schools

We’re pleased to announce a partnership with The Dream Project — a nonprofit foundation that offers quality education to thousands of Dominican children and promotes ongoing projects to combat problems in the country’s education system — in order to help make improvements to public schools in the Dominican Republic.

Together with The Dream Project, we visited two public schools, one in Ciudad Nueva, Santo Domingo, the other in San Jose de Las Matas to paint classrooms and spend some time with students, teachers and community members. After a day of working on improving the school itself, our Coordinator of Corporate Social Responsibility Albert Ruiz presented a book and travel donation to the principals of the two schools, to be used in local activities to generate additional funds.

We’ve teamed up with The Dream Project with the shared goal of promoting educational opportunities to more than 3,000 students across the country. We recognize that the Dominican Republic is much more than a tourist destination; it’s a country with great promise for growth and collaboration with the education of young Dominicans. We’ve partnered with The Dream Project as an Ambassador for 2010 and 2011 with hopes that we’ll reach more children and and provide a better future through quality education.

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November 3, 2010

EL AL tickets on sale!

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We’re pleased to officially launch our interline partnership with EL AL Israel Airlines, giving you convenient connections when traveling between the two carriers at New York’s JFK airport. EL AL, the flag carrier of the State of Israel, operates from Terminal 4 at JFK and offers up to three daily wide body departures to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport.

Tickets can be booked using EL AL’s reservations system.

The official agreement was signed in Tel Aviv last month.

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