We recently hosted a Career Day at Aviation High School in Queens, New York, one of the schools we support through our PENCIL partnership. Representatives from our Talent Acquisition and Tech Ops teams held two information sessions for students to learn about careers at JetBlue, specifically in Technical Operations through our Tech Ops Apprentice Program. The popular event drew 425 students and alumni.
June 2, 2013
May 29, 2013
We’re excited to announce a partnership with Air Ventures and Royal Waste Services to compost leftovers from select restaurants in Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Air Ventures, the franchisee that owns and operates the Jamba Juice and Dunkin Donuts restaurants in T5 and Royal Waste Services have committed to work with us to separate and haul nearly 300 pounds of food waste each day for composting.
Preserving the environment and creating a healthier planet is a core pillar of our sustainability philosophy. Compost is good for the environment, reduces the amount of solid waste that goes into landfills, redirects it to become a useful product and decreases the production of greenhouse gases.
This collaboration is our most recent effort to reduce waste in landfills. Rather than tossing food into the trash, Air Ventures will throw compostable food scraps into bins which Royal Waste Services will then transport to a composting facility to turn it into fertilizer and nutrient rich soil for local farms including McEnroe Organic Farm in upstate New York. We hope to extend this partnership to other vendors in JFK’s T5, as well as other airports throughout our network.
At JetBlue, preserving the environment is a top priority. We’re creating a healthier planet through a variety of efforts. We recently accepted Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Carbon Challenge to reduce carbon gas emissions in New York City. We also took an environmentally-friendly approach during the construction of our new corporate support center in Long Island City, adding to the building’s recognition by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as having achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED EB) Silver certification.
Since 2008, we’ve partnered with Carbonfund.org, a nonprofit organization that allows customers to offset carbon dioxide emissions generated by their individual air travel. We also offset all crewmember business travel. Carbon offsets balance out carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from a flight by supporting projects that reduce CO2 elsewhere. Additionally, over the past six years through its One Thing That’s Green, we’ve planted 1,333 trees and cleaned up nearly three tons of trash throughout New York City in an effort to improve air quality. These trees will remove 34,658 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over the course of their lives.
May 28, 2013
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.
May 23, 2013
We’re excited to launch service to our 78th city, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Starting today, we’ll serve Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) with five daily nonstop flights from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS).
To celebrate our 78th destination, today through May 30, flights to/from Philadelphia are on sale from $39 one way for travel between May 1 and September 28, 2013 (blackout dates apply) on jetblue.com.
Also, in partnership with First Book, we’ll donate 1,776 books to Stonehurst Hills Elementary in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and KenCrest Services, an Infant/Toddler Home Community Program with 325 pre-K students with developmental disabilities located in Philadelphia. First Book provides new reading materials to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books.
Our entrance to the City of Brotherly Love reinforces our commitment to offer the business traveler options for affordable air travel. Adding Philadelphia to our growing route map helps solidify JetBlue’s already strong relevance for the business traveler, particularly at Logan International Airport, where we now offer service to 17 of the highest demand routes for business travel. Our service from Boston to Philadelphia will provide more options for the traveling public, inviting customers to experience comfy leather seats with the most legroom of any other domestic airline in coach , free snacks and drinks, free live entertainment and very soon in-flight Wi-Fi service.
Our schedule between Boston and Philadelphia:
|BOS to PHL:||PHL to BOS:|
|Depart – Arrive||Depart – Arrive|
|6:40 a.m. – 8:08 a.m.||8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.|
|8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.||10:55 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.|
|11:35 a.m. – 13:00 p.m.||1:40 p.m. – 3:07 p.m.|
|3:15 p.m. – 4:48 p.m.||5:25 p.m. – 7:04 p.m.|
|6:10 p.m. – 7:48 p.m.||8:25 p.m. – 9:52 p.m.|
- Flights operate daily effective May 23, 2013 –
May 19, 2013
This week at New York’s JFK we celebrated a great milestone in our growth story – the topping out of T5i, our new international arrivals facility. The age-old tradition marks the hoisting of the top-most beam during construction. The celebration was all about recognizing the work of the countless iron workers, carpenters, electricians, tradesmen and tradeswomen who are bringing our expanded home to life. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were topping out T5!
After a decade of international operations in New York, we’ll soon have our own arrivals facility and be bringing Federal Inspection Services in-house. It will truly make a world of difference for our customer and crewmember experience.
As planned today, T5i will include six contiguous “swing” gates capable of domestic and international use. The site will also be able to accommodate wide-body aircraft. Its added capacity is expected to take us well into the foreseeable future, however, there is still room for additional growth on the site if the need arises. Our customers will no longer have to transfer terminals, so they’ll enjoy shorter connecting times from international to domestic flights. They’ll also be able to enjoy all the amenities T5 offers. Of course, T5i is also a positive for our international airline partnership strategy since our partners will have a viable new terminal option for their operations.
Stay tuned for more updates on our new international arrivals terminal.
May 11, 2013
Our Burbank team recently participated in their first ever Wings for Autism—an event our Boston Crewmembers have been involved with since May 2011, originally introduced by the Charles River Center and ARC.
In partnership with Pacific Child and Family Associates, an organization that supports children and adults diagnosed with autism and other disabilities, the Burbank team welcomed approximately 200 participants to Terminal A. Just like in Boston, these families practiced checking in, going through security, and boarding the aircraft.
Our General Manager in Burbank Christine reports that the event was a huge success, and struck an emotional chord with our crewmembers; everyone was so touched to see these families so grateful for the experience. We have received many letters of appreciation from participants, and photos from the day.
I just wanted to express my deepest thank you to JetBlue and their staff for such an amazing time with Wings for Autism. My son, David, had a blast. He was seated in the front row of the aircraft and asked a million questions. He has had anxiety of flying and this really helped him start over coming that fear. In fact, he now sees it a fun experience after all. Peace is a priceless gift, and I think JetBlue and Wings for Autism helped my son attempt to achieve it. Thank you again.
May 10, 2013
Did you know that only one-in-five children lives within walking distance of a park or playground? Following Hurricane Sandy, that number has increased in impacted areas. In the aftermath of natural disasters, play becomes even more critical as it creates a sense of normalcy and provides an emotional outlet for children. In an effort to support children in those areas most impacted, we’ve extended our pledge to rebuild New York with a commitment to allocate support for three playground builds this year in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Our first post-Hurricane Sandy playground build will take place on May 18 at Magnolia Playground in Long Beach, NY. Two more builds will be announced later this Spring. Long Beach, located in Nassau County, Long Island, experienced significant damage to its shoreline and infrastructure. Magnolia Playground was destroyed nearly six months ago and hundreds of children living in the area have not had a suitable place to play since Hurricane Sandy.
While every KaBOOM! playground build is an inspiring event, the post-Hurricane Sandy playground builds will give volunteers a special chance to reflect on the storm’s impact while renewing their neighborhood. More than 200 volunteers from JetBlue, the City of Long Beach, Surf for All, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the local community will join forces to build a new play space at Magnolia Playground. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in March.
Magnolia Playground is the 17th playground build by KaBOOM! in partnership with JetBlue. We’ve worked together over the last seven years to create play spaces for children across JetBlue’s communities and help fight the deficit of play for children in undeserved neighborhoods and areas under development following natural disasters. This partnership has successfully engaged more than 3,800 volunteers to move 16 tractor trailers full of mulch, which now benefit more than 10,000 children. JetBlue is a KaBOOM! National Partner, a group of organizations providing long-term guidance and support to KaBOOM! and its mission.
Since Hurricane Sandy, JetBlue has coordinated several efforts to provide assistance to its neighbors and help rebuild communities in New York. Just last month, JetBlue made significant progress in revitalizing Highland Park in Brooklyn. Airline crewmembers and community volunteers planted more than 2,500 trees in an area identified by the New York City Parks Department as a priority location for revitalization efforts. The 100-acre park lost a significant stretch of trees due to Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, in the days following the storm, JetBlue partnered with the NYC Food Truck Association to serve more than 25,000 meals to residents throughout in impacted areas. The airline also donated $820,000 to the American Red Cross on behalf of its customers for relief efforts in the New York area.
April 12, 2013
This week we officially welcome Aer Lingus, Ireland’s flag carrier, to our home, Terminal 5 at JFK. At an event in Terminal 5 earlier this week, Scott Laurence, our Vice President of Network Planning and Partnerships was joined by Aer Lingus’ Kevin Reichart, Vice President Customer Service and Jack Foley, Executive Vice President North America. Celebrations also included Irish dancers in the terminal’s central marketplace, as well as Irish snacks and Terra Blues Chips for customers’ enjoyment.
We recently announced a codeshare agreement that expands the partnership linking the two carriers’ networks at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport since 2008. Aer Lingus marketed flights to select JetBlue destinations are now available for purchase on www.aerlingus.com and through local and online travel agencies for travel on or after April 15, 2013.
With Aer Lingus’ move of its New York flight operations from Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport into our acclaimed Terminal 5, customers connecting to one of our many destinations across the U.S. will benefit from same terminal connections and one-stop ticketing and baggage check-in for travel on both airlines – from the U.S. to Europe. Further, effective April 14, 2013, the minimum connection time from European arrivals to U.S. departures will be reduced to approximately 60 minutes. Customers travelling to Ireland will enjoy connections as fast as 40 minutes.
To welcome our partner, we’ve enhanced our menu offerings in many of the award-winning T5 restaurants, expanded both the size and selection of the T5 duty free/duty paid store, and added a new customer lounge, to be opened soon and available to all on a pay-per-use basis. Further, we’ll be doing all of the ground handling for Aer Lingus at Terminal 5 as part of the agreement.
March 16, 2013
With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I decided to draw some vacation inspiration from the luck of the Irish and explore Ireland for the first time. As a JetBlue flight attendant, I am fortunate to have the freedom to travel often. For this trip I wanted to tour a new destination that felt far away, but was possible to explore over a long weekend. Ireland perfectly fit the bill!
Who knew a trip to Ireland could be so easy? JetBlue’s partnership with Aer Lingus makes travel to Dublin, Shannon and an array of other destinations across Europe fast and convenient. You can fly to Ireland or beyond through JetBlue’s gateway cities, New York, Boston or Orlando, and your checked bags will automatically transfer through to your final destination. I opted to fly through the night so I could sleep on the plane. When I arrived in Dublin, it was time to start my day and embark on my wonderful Ireland adventure.
I always imagine what a new place will be like before I arrive, and Ireland was exactly what I had envisioned and hoped for. It was so beautifully green, and of course rainy and foggy too. I packed an array of outfits but in the end I only needed a rain jacket and my Wellies. Despite — or maybe even because of — the gloomy Irish weather, which only added to the old-world charm and romanticism, I had a wonderful trip.
After arriving in Dublin, I rented a car to drive the Giant’s Causeway to Northern Ireland. The journey wound through many little coastal towns with beautiful seaside cottages. At points it was so foggy I couldn’t take pictures of the scenic villages, and I’ll have to keep them only in my memory. But the fog made the little villages feel even more remote and quaint.
Next I visited Belfast, trading small villages for a large city. While there, my favorite sightseeing outing was visiting the authentic Titanic landmark. The Titanic was built in Belfast and the museumtakes you through the building of the great ship and its unfortunate history.
After Belfast, I made a trip to Larne, a famous coastal area. From there, I passed through more picturesque seaside villages and journeyed to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in Ballintoy. The bridge, an historic landmark run by the National Trust, is positioned at a high altitude and offers amazing views. While I loved the adventure of walking across the bridge, other visitors wouldn’t cross due to their fear of heights. Even if you just gaze up at the wonderful creation, it’s a must-see destination.
Later, I visited Dunluce Castle, the remnants of a medieval castle. I was completely swept up in the history and romanticism of the castle and captured the most beautiful photographs. The scenery is so majestic and dramatic it turns even an amateur shutterbug’s photos into professional-quality shots.
Then it was back down through the countryside, balancing the sea views from the first leg of the trip with beautiful green rolling hills. Many colorfully-dyed sheep populate the countryside. Their wooly bodies of pink and blue pop against the deep green background and create a gorgeous, colorful vista.
I also had a chance to visit the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, the city of Derry and the village of Bushmills and its whiskey distillery. Considering I arrived on Friday morning and departed on Monday, I truly cannot believe all the amazing places I was able to cover in such a short visit. Ireland truly is a navigable and magical place.
Visiting the building site of the Titanic, crossing the exhilarating Rope Bridge and basking in the romance of the Dunluce Castle were by far the highlights of my trip. The beauty of the landscape is awe-inspiring and, with so many historical places to see, Ireland is a trip you won’t soon forget.
Remember when you travel to Ireland to train your brain to drive on the left side of the road. I absolutely recommend renting a car, but driving on the opposite side of the road definitely throws you for a loop at first. Also, a GPS is a must! With so many roundabouts, a GPS comes in very handy. You can get one at the local car rental facility.
The trip wouldn’t have been complete without learning about those mystical creatures, the leprechauns. Also known as the “wee folk,” leprechauns are relayed as being both friendly and cranky and enjoy good-natured trickery from time to time. Supposedly, if one of these mystical little beings befriends you, you’ll have a friend for life.
As you prepare for your St. Patrick’s Day festivities, remember that no Irish celebration is complete without music, singing and dancing. Sláinte!
March 14, 2013
Welcome to A Day in the Life, where we take you behind the scenes at JetBlue to learn more about the important jobs that work in concert together to run a major airline. This time, we visit with Rick, who manages our National Sponsorships.
Rick’s overarching task is to identify and suggest potential partnerships that align with our commercial goals and match our sensibilities as a brand. Innovative brands with passionate fan bases, like our partnerships with Barclays Center in Brooklyn and USC Athletics, for instance, are a great fit for us given that we’re an airline that likes to do things differently. Each partnership decision is made with a delicate level of consideration in order to build brand awareness in the focus cities that we serve as well as building trust with our customers. Partnerships are one important way that we’re able to show we care about the same things that those in the communities that we serve attach themselves to.
Rick has worked on JetBlue’s Brand and Advertising team for the past two years vetting, researching, coordinating and managing our sponsorship partners. His work has extended beyond just sports; other programs he’s worked on include our entertainment partnerships such as the Tribeca Film Festival, our concert series Live From T5, and our online store ShopBlue. He also helps vet and direct any number of other, more localized sponsorship requests that come in to our Promotions or Regional Marketing teams for further consideration.
If you open Rick’s desk drawer you’ll find a sports fan’s greatest dream – tickets to all sorts of sporting events; football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, golf, to name a few. No, Rick doesn’t keep them for himself (although he does get to go to some great events), but he coordinates allocating these tickets from our partners to crewmembers, customers and business partners.
The most challenging part of Rick’s job? “Saying no to people,” he relays. Rick receives dozens of sponsorship requests each week, and he evaluates each one through the lens of our allotted resources and whether it’s a brand fit to determine whether it might be pursued further. He helps guide our approach in each of our partnership ventures based on the unique aspects of a particular region. New York, for instance, is very different from Boston or from Salt Lake City in terms of how we look to partner and what the terms of those partnerships look like. Our partnership with Utah’s soccer team Real Salt Lake, for instance, is focused around supporting our 2,000 Customer Support crewmembers, contrasted with Boston, where we’re the largest carrier and the Red Sox are the most attended team in the city.
Sports are a “passion point” for Rick and he enjoys that the focus on his work is also of personal interest to him. While he feels lucky to have met athletes and celebrities and engage in great experiences, he prefers to “stay in the background and let JetBlue and its crewmembers be the focus.”
Rick sees his job as an opportunity to “create experiences for people that they’re never going to forget,” like the customer whose request to fly on the Jets plane was met or the crewmember who got the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game. One of the most interesting parts of Rick’s job is coordinating partner livery designs like we did with the Jets and the Red Sox, among others.
When Rick’s not at major league sports arenas or rubbing shoulders with athletes and sports personalities, he is consumed with tasks like contract negotiations with our potential new partners. Negotiating terms of a new partnership can take anywhere from a few weeks to more than a year. He also spends time on arguably less glamorous though no less important tasks like mailing materials and tickets our for various purposes, and coordinating assets like charter flights as well as advertising, in-stadium signage and creative events to promote the partnerships and JetBlue.
Prior to JetBlue, Rick worked for Madison Square Garden on such partnerships as Absolut Vodka, Capital One and Delta (where knowledge of the airline industry helped prepare him for his current post).
Check out the previous editions of A Day In The Life and meet:
- Rob, Jeff and Sophia from our Government Affairs team
- Penny from our Care and Emergency Response team
- Rachel from our Airport Operations team
- Icema, Kate, Jenna and Irma from our Corporate Social Responsibility team
- Caroline, Ashley and Donny from our Product Development team
- Frank and Jerry in Technical Operations
- Kristi in Customer Support
- Rick, an Executive Coordinator for our CEO
- Chris, Lashonne and Jaclyn from Brand Design
- Jeff and Greg from Schedule Planning
- Loretta in Security
- Chris in Inflight
- Morgan in Social Media
- Don in Air Traffic System Control
- Mike in Ground Operations
- And stay tuned for the next edition!