August 20, 2013

Live From T5: Goodie Mob!

We’re excited to announce the next up in our Live From T5 concert series: an exclusive live performance by the newly reunited hip hop group – Goodie Mob on Monday, September 9 at 6 p.m. ET.

Celebrating their reunion after a 14 year hiatus, Grammy-Award winning artist CeeLo Green will join original Goodie Mob group members Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo to perform selections from their new CD “Age Against the Machine,” which drops on August 27. This pioneering rap group will perform their critically acclaimed first single entitled “Special Education” as well as other songs. CeeLo will also perform some of his solo hits.

 

This exclusive concert marks the first hip hop performance as part of our concert series. JetBlue’s Live From T5 concerts are held post-security at Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York and are available exclusively to ticketed customers and lucky contest winners.

JetBlue and Goodie Mob have partnered with Atlantic Records to provide some of Goodie Mob’s biggest fans with special access to this show and an opportunity to meet the group. Additionally, as a special treat, JetBlue will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to several lucky TrueBlue members.

 

 

Learn more about Goodie Mob
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August 17, 2013

JetBlue Pilots ACE Summer Camp!

 

Last month, several of our pilots hosted a special Aviation Career Education (ACE) camp at JetBlue University in Orlando, FL for middle and high school students. Each year, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) partners with the FAA to conduct multiple weeklong ACE programs across the country.  Admission is offered to students ages 14 to 18 years old who have an interest in learning about aviation. Applicants are competitively ranked based on age, cumulative GPA, and essay.

ACE camps expose minority middle and high school students to a wide variety of career opportunities in aviation.  One of the core pillars of our Corporate Social Responsibility platform is education. Our leaders and crewmembers participate in a variety of programs designed to encourage the next generation of aviation professional. Captain Eric Poole was instrumental in bringing the camp to JetBlue University.

Many of the participating students had never had the chance to travel in an airplane, let alone fly one. Pilots, like First Officer Sherwon Liverpool made sure the students received a behind-the-scenes look at our Flight Operations training, giving them an overview of what it takes to become a JetBlue inflight crewmember or pilot.

At JetBlue University, students from Oak Ridge High School received a tour of the facility and had a chance to speak with pilots and even visit our flight simulators.

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May 28, 2013

JetBlue Receives An Award from PENCIL


Earlier this week we attended PENCIL’s annual gala honoring New York City business leaders’ contributions to education. We were honored to receive the PENCIL Corporate Partner Award, a recognition of the support we give to five PENCIL partnership schools in Queens, New York including Aviation High School and Channel View School for Research. We’re committed to playing a role in education by partnering with PENCIL to enhance public education through innovative programs. In fact, Dave, our CEO, serves as the Chair of the organization’s Board of Directors.

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April 21, 2013

Photos: SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo


We organized a special charter for the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-in & Expo in Lakeland, Florida last week. We welcomed onboard students from schools with a strong focus on STEM education programs. A group of crewmembers also joined us, and enjoyed sharing the day with aviation enthusiasts from across the country.

Media coverage of JetBlue at SUN ‘N FUN

Check out the below images snapped by our Pilot Tim.

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March 27, 2013

Recognizing Crewmembers Who Volunteer – A Lot!

We recently held our second annual Community Connection Awards and Recognition dinner, where we celebrated the crewmembers who spent more than 100 hours volunteering last year. Between time spent at work, day-to-day running around, and quality time with family and friends, it can be difficult to find a few hours of giving back, let alone 100 hours! But since our crewmembers are inherently caring, they proactively carved out time to give back to their communities. Below are a few crewmembers who our Corporate Social Responsibility team honored.

Ellen Berris, First Officer A320 (FLL)
School Volunteer


Ellen started volunteering her time years ago when her two children were in pre-school, and quickly learned that being a Pilot is fascinating to little kids.

Initially, Ellen served as a guest speaker in the classroom and over time, this became more frequent and expanded to include appearances at the elementary and high schools. She’s also part of a lecture series for adult education and senior citizens. To her, it’s an honor to talk about aviation and possibly spark a few careers in our industry.

It’s important to Ellen that her children see her volunteering within their elementary school, Little League teams, and Children’s Theater group program so that they understand the importance of giving back to the community. She believes that the best way to teach them the value of hard work and dedication to the causes you’re passionate about is to lead by example.

Ellen is on hand for whatever is needed—she’s your go-to gal for assisting with lunch duty, helping out in the classrooms, working the Little League conscession stand, costume changes and prop placement, and more. Her favorite volunteer moment is the Annual Meyer Academy field trip to JetBlue. The school, located in West Palm Beach, coordinates a visit each year and Ellen is there to show them around the flight deck, and teach them about the importance of teamwork in aviation.

Ronald Williams, Airport Operations (SLC)
Works with physically disabled children

Ronald is one of the founders of The OpportunityFoundation of America. The organization aims to improve the quality of life for physically disabled children and adults, and has partnered with Boston College to develop assistive technology called EagleEyes (Boston College’s mascot is the eagle). The technology allows individuals, most of whom can’t speak and can only move their eyes and head, to communicate via a computer screen by moving their eyes. Complete with recreation, education, and communication programs, the technology has greatly helped these individuals to develop at an impressive pace.

Ronald volunteers approximately 30 hours a month, and he oversees fundraising and marketing initiatives, as well as working with disabled children who receive an EagleEye system. “To watch them learn and discover for the first time that they have control of something, and can communicate is my favorite thing ever,” says Ronald.

Gregory Atchley, Solutions Developer (OSC)
Volunteer at Gives Kids the World

Give Kids the World is a nonprofit story book resort in central Florida, where children with life-threatening diseases and their families, can escape for an all expenses paid trip, courtesy of “wish” organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Greg has been involved with Give Kids the World since the early ‘90s, and spends as much time at the resort as his schedule allows—sometimes up to three nights per week. Dressed in character, Greg is the village’s “Mayor Clayton,” and welcomes the children at nightly parties at the resort, where attendees sing, dance, and play.

Greg told us about his favorite volunteer moment, while he was volunteering at a Give Kids the World event—Ice Cream for Breakfast!—in Stamford, CT. A little girl gave “Mayor Clayton,” or Greg, a hug and shared that she is officially in remission. She thanked him and said, “I am healthy because of my trip to see you!”

Bonni Simi, VP Talent (LSC)
Luge coach for youth


Bonny has always had a passion for recruiting and developing talent. When she isn’t leading our Talent programs here at JetBlue, she’s coaching two winter sports: luge and bobsledding. Yes, our current VP of Talent is a three-time luge Olympian, and for the past 30 years has channeled her love for the game into a meaningful volunteer experience.

Bonny spends time in both Salt Lake City and New York for work, and makes time to volunteer in Park City, Utah and Lake Placid, New York—home to the only two luge and bobsled tracks in the U.S. Here, she trains the local youth, nearly every weekend throughout the winter. Bonny has coached thousands of young kids, dozens of national champions, and even a handful of Olympians. She is also an internationally certified to judge races luge and bobsledding. While she has numerous moments of sheer gratification from coaching—those times when she felt like she was making a difference—Bonny’s proudest moment ever was watching one of her students become the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

Vonetta Flowers won the gold in 2002 for bobsledding, just a few years after Bonny had recruited her to the sport and personally coached her to world class status!

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March 11, 2013

You Go, Girl: Women’s History Month

This month, we reflect on all of the amazing women who have left their mark throughout history. Celebrating women on a national level began in 1981 as a week-long event, and eventually expanded to the whole month after Congress was petitioned by the Women’s History Project. During his tenure, President Obama has made a proclamation each year that calls attention to the “legacy of change and equal opportunity,” inspired by women.  You can read the President’s full statement here.

The National Women’s History project has named this year’s theme Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination. The theme pays tribute to females who have made contributions to the the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. The organization’s website lists a slew of brilliant women whose innovation and smarts led to breakthroughs in this space. From pediatricians and microbiologists to naturalists and roboticists, the line-up of ladies is truly inspirational. Check out this year’s honorees.

It’s fitting that this year’s theme calls attention to STEM subjects, which JetBlue fully supports since numerous aviation positions require a keen understanding of them. The Coalition works with businesses to promote the education of children on STEM subjects, so that they’re equipped to take on a career in relevant industries.

Women in Aviation

In the aviation world, the list of contributions from women is long and impressive. While you may have heard of some notable ladies (i.e. Lillian Todd, first woman to design and build an aircraft; Amelia Earhart, first woman to fly across the Atlantic independently), there are countless other heroes that deserve some praise this month.Gallery of women in aviation.

There are many events being hosted around the country to honor Women’s History Month. If you happen to be in the D.C. area, consider checking out the The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center for “Women in Aviation and Space Family Day” on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit will focus on women’s contributions to aviation and aerospace.

Also, the Museum of Flight in Seattle is hosting a week of events paying tribute to women including: “History of the World War II’s Women Air Force Service Pilot Program,” and “Adventures Across the Atlantic,” where Bridget Cooley and Helen Cernik will talk about their flight from Seattle to Edinburgh, Scotland in a single-engine airplane.

Learn more about Women in Aviation and Space History

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January 17, 2013

Story Time At The Hasbro Children’s Hospital

As the airline that takes caring to heart today along with our friends the Providence Bruins and T.F. Green International Airport we delivered more than 650 books to the Hasbro Children’s Hospital. JetBlue crewmembers joined players from the city’s famed ice hockey team in the hospital’s library for a special “story time” as part of the hospital’s Read To Me program.

The books were donated by generous citizens of Rhode Island via a donation drive organized by JetBlue. In a fun twist, JetBlue tweeted its location at the Bruins home arena, Dunkin’ Donuts Center, calling on people to bring three new or gently used books and dress in their best Floridian attire to win flight certificates and other goodies and enjoy treats from our partner Dunkin’ Donuts.

Check out pictures of the festive faux Floridians!

The airline that holds “caring” as one of its core values, JetBlue supports many causes in the communities in which it serves. Our most recent venture includes the launch of our seventh annual Light Up A Life campaign in honor of Monday’s National Day of Service. Crewmembers across JetBlue’s 75-city network have joined together to decorate and deliver 2,000 Sweet Cases with community partner Together We Rise (TWR), an organization that improves the lives of foster children across the nation. Crewmembers will also adorn 200 SoaringQuilts with SoaringWords, to deliver to children who suffer from serious illnesses to aid the healing process with creative and educational activities.

Learn more about our new service out of T.F. Green

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December 29, 2012

Donating Laptops to Schools in the Dominican Republic

We recently brought members of our IT team down to our 67th BlueCity, La Romana, where we joined forces with the DREAM Project to donate laptops to children to support their educational pursuits. DREAM is a local organization that runs education programs for children and youth in the DR; the goal is to break the poverty cycle by providing education opportunities at an early age so children feel empowered to stay on this track as they get older.

After a great day of interacting with the children at the school Escuela Francisco Salazar, located in the city of Higuey through educational games and laptop lessons, our volunteers hope to remain in contact with the school and foster the relationship like we’ve done with local schools in Santiago and Santo Domingo.

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December 26, 2012

Helping to Fight Hunger in Africa

A division of our Safety department, the Voluntary Flight Safety Programs team, recently helped out during The Million Meal Challenge in Orlando. The day was filled with packing meals for thousands of hungry people in Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa. Burkina Faso receives less than 24 inches of rain annually and consequently, is prone to droughts that make farming difficult. Not only that, but high food prices and insect infestation are other factors that contribute to severe food shortages.

According to the global non-profit organization Hunger Project, this region has some of the lowest human development measures when it comes to income, educational opportunities, and life expectancy. To alleviate some of the country’s hunger issues, a group of our crewmembers rallied together to get involved wit the Million Meal Challenge—a nationwide initiative where local communities pack and ship one million meals to the people of Burkina Faso.

At the Orlando event, our crewmembers joined other residents in the community to meet the goal: to feed 12,000 families in this poor African country for one year. Stocked with protein, rice, vegetables, and vitamins, the food packages were shipped to orphans, the elderly, widows, and those living with HIV and disabilities.

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December 20, 2012

JetBlue Names Alex Battaglia Senior Vice President, System Operations

We’re pleased to announce the promotion of Alex Battaglia to the position of Senior Vice President, System Operations. Mr. Battaglia will oversee the execution of JetBlue’s day-to-day operations including System Operations, Dispatch, Air Traffic Management, Crew Services and Emergency Response and Care.  He will continue to report to our Chief Operating Officer, Rob Maruster.

Mr. Battaglia previously served as JetBlue’s Vice President of Airports and Operations, and will continue to lead the Airports group until a new leader is assimilated. In his new capacity, he will also assume responsibility for our JetForward Program, the largest single multi-year strategic initiative in Operations to improve core technology used in planning, running and recovering JetBlue’s operation within System Operations.  He will also lead Business Continuity efforts, and will be defining those and other organizational requirements as he leads the team.

Mr. Battaglia began his aviation career nearly 30 years ago and has held a variety of leadership roles primarily in the airport and operations areas. His extensive background in customer service led to a natural progression in roles of increased responsibility and importance. Alex is a lifelong New York Mets fan and recently attended his 34th Mets home opener.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in North Jersey.  His educational background includes studies at the University of Hawaii and William Patterson University where he majored in Business Management. He and his wife Melissa currently reside in Long Island, New York.

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