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JetBlue Steps Up With Mint Service to Boston

JetBlue Steps Up With Mint Service to Boston

JETBLUE TURNS FIVE;  TAKES DELIVERY OF 71ST AIRBUS A320 New York, NY (February 11, 2005) Ð JetBlue Airways [NASDAQ: JBLU] today turned five.  The airline commenced service at New YorkÕs John F. Kennedy International Airport on February 11, 2000, with a ceremonial flight to Buffalo, NY, and back before taking its first commercial flight to Fort Lauderdale, FL, later that day.  Five years later, JetBlue is the largest airline at JFK and ranked as a ÒmajorÓ airline by the US Department of Transportation, having achieved annual revenues of more than a billion dollars. To mark the occasion, David Neeleman, JetBlueÕs Chairman and CEO, and Dave Barger, President and COO, hosted an event for JetBlue crewmembers and customers to greet the arrival of the airlineÕs 71st Airbus A320 aircraft, debuting the fleetÕs seventh tail fin design, Mosaic.  Earlier in the day, the airline gave away 500 free tickets throughout New York CityÕs five boroughs to support the charity City Harvest.  Ticket seekers had to dress as their favorite JetBlue destination and bring canned goods for the charity.

For years legacy airlines have sought after the passengers traveling in premium cabins on the transcontinental routes between New York’s JFK to both San Francisco and Los Angeles. It was only within the past two years that JetBlue stepped into the arena with the likes of the legacy carriers looking for a piece of these premium market passengers by adding their own competing service on these routes. They bought new larger Airbus A321 aircraft and equipped them new fully flat seats that could convert into a full bed and added full first class amenities to attract business travelers.

JetBlue has announced it will be stepping up its competition in Boston, it will be adding the same award winning Mint service between Boston and San Francisco in March of next year, then expanding the Mint service between Boston and Los Angeles in the fall of 2016. Over the past two years JetBlue has added almost 40 code share partners, mainly international. Among these are some of the largest airlines which have a heavy focus on premium passengers, most notably, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar and Singapore airlines; all of which have won awards for their premium cabin offerings. The adding of Mint service to Boston makes perfect sense as a number of these airlines recently added Boston to their route map.

Delta Airlines has previously offered passengers traveling from Boston to west coast markets their International Business Elite service, but this was discontinued after the events of September 11th, 2001.

This new announcement by JetBlue is in addition to the recent notification that with United Airlines exiting the JFK-West Coast routes to focus on their Newark hub, JetBlue would be adding additional flights between both JFK to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

With this increase of service JetBlue will now have over 100 flights a day. JetBlue also plans to announce the resumption of service to Nashville, Tennessee however service to Nashville will operate to both Boston and Ft. Lauderdale instead of it’s previous operation to New York JFK.

You can read the full press release here.

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