Showing posts with label JetBlue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label JetBlue. Show all posts

11 June, 2024

JetBlue expands New York metro presence with service from Long Island MacArthur Airport

JetBlue has confirmed it will launch services for the first time from Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP)Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP). Starting this October, JetBlue will begin offering flights to Orlando International Airport (MCO), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). This new service aims to help better serve the many loyal JetBlue customers living on Long Island, providing them with more convenient travel options to popular destinations in Florida.



Strengthening New York's Hometown Airline


As New York’s Hometown Airline for more than 24 years and the only major U.S. airline based in New York City, JetBlue’s expansion onto Long Island underscores its commitment to enhancing connectivity for New Yorkers. This new service will bolster JetBlue's presence in the New York Metro area, complementing its existing operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

"Long Island is an integral part of the New York Metro area, and we are excited to bring our award-winning service to customers in this community," said Dave Jehn, JetBlue’s vice president of network planning and airline partnerships. "The addition of Long Island MacArthur Airport to our network will offer more options and greater convenience for customers, and we are proud to provide new opportunities for more Long Islanders to experience our unique combination of low fares and great service."

06 June, 2024

JetBlue Vacations forms new partnership with Viator

JetBlue Vacations, the vacation package arm of JetBlue Airways has formed a new partnership with Viator, the world's largest travel experiences marketplace. Viator's collection of more than 300,000 tours, activities, and experiences will be integrated into the JetBlue Vacations platform, allowing travellers to seamlessly add these to their flight and hotel packages.

JetBlue Vacations has always been committed to offering value-packed vacation packages that include flights, hotels, and more. Now, by integrating Viator's expansive array of global activities, including the addition of popular Walt Disney World(R) Resort and Universal Destinations & Experiences theme park tickets, JetBlue Vacations enhances its promise to travellers, ensuring they can easily book everything they need for an unforgettable trip in one place. Whether it's tickets to a theme park, a private guided excursion, or skip-the-line tickets to world-famous attractions, customers can now tailor their itineraries with experiences that resonate with their personal travel desires.

“We are pleased to be teaming up with Viator, to provide our customers with an expanded choice of relevant tours, attractions and activities in key destinations around the world,” said Andres Barry, president, of JetBlue Travel Products. “This collaboration further underlines our ambition and commitment to create a seamless end-to-end experience across the entire travel journey. We'll continue to innovate and focus on making it easier for JetBlue customers to experience the very best a destination has to offer, just in time for the upcoming summer travel season."

Sarah Dines, Chief Commercial Officer for Viator said:  "Experiences are the highlight of any trip, and we're excited to bring Viator’s vast collection of exceptional tours and activities directly to JetBlue Vacation customers. In addition to giving more travellers access to amazing experiences and lifelong memories, this partnership also opens the door for Viator’s tour operators to reach new and expanded audiences during the upcoming busy travel season.”



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31 May, 2024

JetBlue announces crew base in San Juan

JetBlue set to bring more than 400 jobs to the region with its first pilot and flight attendant base outside of the continental U.S.



JetBlue plans to open a pilot and flight attendant crew base at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, underscoring the airline’s commitment to growth and investment in the region. JetBlue, which offers its customers a unique combination of low fares and great service, is the largest carrier in San Juan, which is one of the airline’s focus cities. The news coincides with JetBlue’s 22nd anniversary of service to the island and comes after the airline’s recently announced plans to expand service from San Juan into more U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America destinations.

The new crew base is expected to open by the end of 2024, and by 2025 bring more than 400 local jobs to San Juan, contributing significant economic and community impact. Stationing pilots and inflight crewmembers in San Juan will not only bolster job creation on the island but also enhance JetBlue’s service and operational capabilities throughout the Caribbean and beyond.

“We’re so excited to base hundreds more crewmembers right here in San Juan, where we are proud to be the largest airline with plans to grow even more,” said Warren Christie, JetBlue’s chief operating officer. “The new crew base will support our operation as we grow and benefit the local economy in a place we are proud to call home.”

30 May, 2024

New flights from New York to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Bonaire with JetBlue

New York's hometown airline JetBlue has announced a new Caribbean service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Flights between JFK and Argyle International Airport (SVD) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will launch on 9th October and operate on Wednesdays and Sundays. 

JetBlue’s flights to Bonaire’s Flamingo International Airport (BON) will start 5th November and operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays. By the end of 2024, JetBlue will serve more than 80 nonstop destinations and offer an average of over 200 departures per day from New York City.

“This fall, we are excited to introduce Bonaire and St. Vincent and the Grenadines to our network as part of our strategy to serve underserved routes and our emphasis on adding flying into top leisure destinations,” said David Jehn, vice president, network planning and airline partnerships, JetBlue. “By offering nonstop service from New York’s JFK Airport to both islands, we look forward to strengthening our presence in Latin America and the Caribbean and bringing our low fares and great service to new markets, while giving our customers more travel options.”

JetBlue – currently the sixth largest airline in the U.S. – is known for having the most legroom in coach2, live television and on-demand entertainment on every seatback, free and fast Fly-Fi broadband internet3, complimentary snacks and soft drinks and great customer service.

Connecting New York to two new Caribbean destinations


JetBlue’s growth in the Caribbean is part of a broader reach into international markets where the airline’s great customer service and low fares have made it a leading airline. In recent years, the airline has built a robust network throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. With JetBlue’s entry into St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Bonaire, the airline will now operate in more than 25 countries in the region.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, comprised of 32 islands and cays, is renowned for its warm people, volcanic landscapes, black and white sand beaches, and pristine sailing waters, representing the quintessential Caribbean paradise. Service from New York-JFK to St. Vincent is set to launch on October 9. JetBlue is set to become the first U.S. carrier ever to offer service from New York-JFK to St. Vincent.

"The government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines are thrilled to welcome JetBlue to the place we call home! This new service offers convenience, comfort, and exceptional service to visitors to our diverse destination,” said Honorable Carlos James, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Sustainable Development and Culture. “We look forward to seeing you in St. Vincent and the Grenadines soon!"

23 May, 2024

JetBlue's new Edinburgh - New York service takes off today

New York's hometown airline, JetBlue expands its transatlantic reach today, with the launch of a new service from Edinburgh to New York taking off.  This daily summer-seasonal service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Edinburgh Airport (EDI) will operate through September 30, 2024.

This new service, only the second direct offering from New York’s JFK to Edinburgh,  which is the United Kingdom’s second most popular tourism destination. Flights to Edinburgh will operate daily on JetBlue’s Airbus A321neo with Mint aircraft with 16 redesigned Mint Suite seats, 144 core seats and Airbus’ Enhanced Cabin with XL Bins. The A321neo with Mint features an average 20 percent increase in fuel efficiency and up to 500 nautical miles in additional range.

“JetBlue has redefined transatlantic travel by introducing low fares and great service in markets dominated by high fare legacy carriers,” said Marty St. George, president, JetBlue. “We look forward to connecting Scotland and the Northeast this summer with our award winning Mint and core service that will bring this signature JetBlue experience to Edinburgh." 

"Our relationship with the US is a special one. We welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to Scotland and the wider UK from North America every year and it’s also our top export market. This new direct JetBlue route from Edinburgh to New York City will really help strengthen links between our two great countries,” said John Lamont, UK Government Minister for Scotland. “Just last month, I walked down Sixth Avenue with other representatives from the UK Government as part of the annual Tartan Day celebrations in Manhattan, promoting our most important exports - whisky, energy and financial services, and our rich culture. This flight route will make it easier for visitors from the U.S. to come and see for themselves what a uniquely attractive destination we have here, while also easing travel for Scottish visitors wanting to explore the Big Apple and beyond.”

“I’m delighted to see JetBlue’s new Edinburgh to New York JFK flight take off, as it will help enhance Scotland’s direct connectivity to the US and strengthen important links for business connectivity, exports, and inbound tourism,” said Jim Fairlie, Connectivity Minister. “This is the first time JetBlue has served Scotland and it demonstrates the confidence they have in the Scottish market. It also strengthens Edinburgh Airport’s case for establishing a U.S. pre-clearance border facility to help make travel more seamless and provide added benefits for Scottish businesses and visitors. I wish Edinburgh Airport and JetBlue every success with the new service, and I am sure it will be welcomed by travellers in both Scotland and the US.”

“We are excited to welcome JetBlue to Scotland with the launch of this new direct service. North America is our most valuable international visitor market, and we are seeing record levels of demand here, welcoming almost one million visitors last year, surpassing not only pre-pandemic levels but also other parts of the UK,” said Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland. “We know these visitors are drawn to Scotland for a variety of reasons from our dramatic landscapes to our rich history and culture and warm people, with Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital offering a well-connected gateway for exploring the rest of the country. These visitors who often stay longer and spend more, are hugely important to Scotland’s tourism industry and wider economy supporting businesses, jobs and communities and why making it as easy as possible for people to visit here with direct access is key. Following a difficult few years for the travel and tourism industry, we are delighted to be working with new partner JetBlue to promote this new direct service and encourage more US visitors to choose Scotland for their next holiday.”  

“We are excited to see another new airline and tailfin as JetBlue adds Edinburgh Airport to its fast-growing European network. Transatlantic travel from Edinburgh has been a real success story and adding more capacity to New York opens up another route for passengers to travel to and from Scotland and the USA, bringing our two countries even closer together,” said Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport. “It’s always great to see a new airline make its home in Edinburgh and we are really looking forward to welcoming JetBlue’s passengers and our new colleagues to Scotland’s capital.”

Schedule between New York (JFK) and Edinburgh (EDI)

Daily seasonal service starting May 22 (Eastbound) & May 23 (Westbound)

(through September 30, 2024)

*all times local

JFK-EDI Flight #73

EDI-JFK Flight #72

9:12 p.m. – 9:30 a.m. (+1)

12:30 p.m. – 3:06 p.m.



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08 May, 2024

JetBlue and Etihad Airways confirmed loyalty partnership as part of codeshare deal

JetBlue, New York's Hometown Airline, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced the addition of loyalty benefits starting today, May 8, 2024, as part of its long-standing codeshare partnership. The agreement between the two airlines was celebrated at Dubai’s Arabian Travel Market today.


As part of the partnership, members of JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty program and members of Etihad Guest, the loyalty program of Etihad Airways, will now be able to earn and redeem points in the program of their choice when flying across the network of either airline.

“JetBlue has been an important partner for Etihad for almost a decade and we’re thrilled to be extending this partnership to our loyalty programmes, benefitting both of our airlines’ valued members. We look forward to welcoming and rewarding TrueBlue members,” said Mark Potter, managing director, Etihad Guest. “This also further bolsters Etihad’s commitment to the U.S. market, following the recent launch of our direct service connecting Abu Dhabi and Boston, as well as introducing our popular A380 onto the New York route, expanding capacity.”

“As a successful partner since 2014, we are excited to introduce loyalty benefits as part of our codeshare partnership with Etihad,” said Christopher Buckner, vice president of loyalty and partnerships, JetBlue. “This partnership extension delivers both JetBlue TrueBlue and Etihad Guest members more ways to earn and redeem on travel, making exploring either airline’s network of top global destinations even more rewarding.”

25 April, 2024

First Quarter 2024 results for JetBlue shows loss of $716 million

JetBlue has released details of its first-quarter results in 2024, showing a net loss of $145 million, based on revenues of $2.2 billion.  

"Thanks to our incredible crewmembers and our reinvigorated focus on improving reliability, our operation performed above plan in the first quarter, resulting in revenue and costs coming in better than expectations," said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s chief executive officer. "As we look to the full year, significant elevated capacity in our Latin region, which represents a large portion of JetBlue’s network, will likely continue to pressure revenue and we expect a setback in our expectations for the full year. We have full confidence that continuing to take action on our refocused standalone strategy is the right path forward to ultimately return to profitability again."

"We've begun rolling out the initial components of our refocused plan. In the first quarter, we announced a number of significant network changes, which are designed to free up unprofitable flying and reallocate it to proven leisure markets where JetBlue has historically won" said Marty St. George, JetBlue’s president. "Demand remained healthy in peak periods, and in particular, we saw encouraging performance from our domestic and transatlantic flying, as well as continued outsized demand for our premium seating options."


First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

Net loss for the first quarter of 2024 under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") of $716 million or $2.11 loss per share. Excluding special items, adjusted net loss for the first quarter of 2024 of $145 million(1) or $0.43 loss per share.
First quarter of 2024 capacity decreased by 2.7% year-over-year.
Operating revenue of $2.2 billion for the first quarter of 2024, down 5.1% year-over-year.
Operating expense for the first quarter of 2024 increased by 14.0% year-over-year to $2.9 billion.
Operating expense per available seat mile ("CASM") for the first quarter of 2024 increased 17.1% year-over-year.
Operating expense, excluding special items for the first quarter of 2024 decreased 3.7%(1) year-over-year to $2.4 billion.
Operating expense per available seat mile, excluding fuel, other non-airline operating expenses, and special items ("CASM ex-Fuel")(1) for the first quarter of 2024 increased 7.1%(1) year-over-year.
Average fuel price in the first quarter of 2024 of $2.97 per gallon.

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24 April, 2024

Blueprint by JetBlue launched.

JetBlue's new BluePrint system
New York's hometown airline, JetBlue, is introducing what it claims is a personalized inflight experience platform that is designed to offer passengers the chance to customise their travel journey, beginning with new inflight entertainment features.

At-Home Entertainment in the Sky

As JetBlue continues to innovate industry-leading onboard technology, Blueprint by JetBlue brings new seatback touchscreen features that mimic what customers are used to experiencing with their favourite streaming platforms at home. Some of the new functions that customers can look forward to seeing on their seatback screens include:

Watch party: Watch the same film or TV show at the exact same time with up to five other customers on the flight. JetBlue is the first airline to allow up to six customers to watch entertainment content at the same time to enjoy family-style viewing. Play and pause can be controlled on all linked screens, regardless of where each viewer is seated.
Content recommendations: Receive personal recommendations for inflight entertainment based on previous viewing history.
Pick up where you left off: Whether connecting with a layover or flying next month, never miss the end of a film or television show—automatically pick up where you left off from flight to flight.
Saved favorites: Save film and TV show selections to watch on future flights so you can spend less time searching and more time watching.
Saved settings: Accessibility and system settings, such as volume, language, parental controls and close captions preferences can now be saved and carried over from flight to flight.
Content partnerships: First-of-its-kind partnerships such as JetBlue’s exclusive streaming partner, Peacock, provide customers with access to exclusive entertainment and offers.
These new personalization features on JetBlue’s award-winning inflight entertainment system will give customers a bespoke inflight experience, not only throughout their current journey, but extending into subsequent flights when customers opt-in to securely authenticate their profiles on AVANT seatback touchscreens.

19 April, 2024

JetBlue is making several leadership and organizational changes as it tries to get back to sustained profitability.

JetBlue is continuing on its path to sustained profitability following its failed attempt to take over ailing budget airline Spirit with a series of top-level changes.... 


Daniel Shurz has been named JetBlue’s new head of revenue, network, and enterprise planning. Over the past 20 years Shurz has served as vice president, network planning for Air Canada and senior vice president, commercial for Frontier Airlines, and held strategy and business development roles at both carriers. He will lead JetBlue’s network planning, airline partnerships, sales and revenue management, and enterprise planning teams which are critical elements of the company’s push for profitability and plans to strengthen its network positioning. Daniel will report to JetBlue’s president, Marty St. George.


Dave Clark has been named JetBlue’s new head of finance and strategy, responsible for financial planning and analysis, strategy and business development, as well as investor relations. He joined JetBlue in 2009 and most recently served as JetBlue’s head of revenue and planning. He will report to JetBlue’s chief financial officer, Ursula Hurley.


Shelly Griessel has been promoted to vice president, customer support. She joined JetBlue in 2022 and since then has served as managing director, customer support, responsible for JetBlue’s omnichannel management of all customer contacts. She will continue to report to Jayne O’Brien, JetBlue’s head of marketing and customer support.

08 April, 2024

Mario surprises travellers in JetBlue terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy Airport

Nintendo of America and JetBlue are bringing smiles to travellers of all ages with the engaging “Nintendo Switch On the Go” pop-up, located at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in JetBlue Terminal 5, now through April 20.

On April 7, families and fans were given the chance to play some of the latest Nintendo Switch games, hang out in the pop-up, recharge their devices and may even get a photo with Mario himself!





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05 April, 2024

JetBlue launches Bost - Paris transatlantic service


JetBlue has expanded its transatlantic offering with a new service between Boston and Paris.  Flights will operate daily on JetBlue’s Airbus A321 Long Range (LR) aircraft with 24 redesigned Mint Suite seats, 114 core seats and the sleek and spacious Airspace cabin interior. The A321 - offering the range of a wide-body but with the economics of a single-aisle aircraft- allows JetBlue to effectively disrupt the transatlantic market with the airline’s award-winning service and low fares. In addition to Paris, JetBlue offers daily service to London, Amsterdam, and most recently initiated seasonal service to Dublin from Boston.

“The response to our New York-Paris flight has been overwhelming and we’ve been looking forward to adding a daily flight from Boston as well,” said Dave Clark, head of revenue and planning, JetBlue. “Boston customers have not had a lot of choices when flying to Paris, so we are more than happy to step in with affordable fares and an incredible onboard experience to shake things up and finally bring some real competition into this market.”

“JetBlue has been a great partner to Logan for many years and we are excited that they are launching Boston - Paris,” said Massport’s Interim CEO and Director of Aviation Ed Freni. “This new flight gives our passengers even more choice to visit Europe and all the sights across the Atlantic.”

In addition, JetBlue plans to add a second daily flight from New York’s JFK to Paris starting on June 20th.

19 March, 2024

JetBlue set to axe many flights

New York's hometown airline is seeking to cut costs and return to profitability after ending its very costly attempt to buy out budget carrier Spirit, by axing a number of flights.

TPG reports that internal communications have been issued which detail a number of routes being stopped in the next few months, including eight from Los Angeles. Among those flights being axed are ones to Miami, Reno, Seattle, Las Vegas, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.  

The carrier will also end all services from Kansas City from the second week in June and also pull out of international routes to the cities of Bogota, Quito and Lima.  

Florida will also be hit as the schedule will reduce dramatically over the next few months as the airline tries to focus on high-performing routes. 




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14 March, 2024

Daily nonstop seasonal service from New York and Boston to Dublin

U.S. carrier JetBlue has expanded its transatlantic offerings today with new, nonstop flights taking off from New York and Boston today heading to Dublin. 


Boston and New York to Dublin....


The daily summer-seasonal service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport to Dublin Airport will operate until 30th September with Airbus A321neo aircraft.

The amenity kit
The transatlantic service features JetBlue's Mint premium experience which has fully lie-flat private suites with a sliding door and a custom-designed seat cushion from Tuft & Needle. Passengers will be given the newly launched Mint amenity kits, tucked into a stylish and reusable foldable backpack designed by Caraa, the new amenity kits contain popular wellness products from New York-based brands Dr. Denis Gross and Plus Ultra, in addition to Tuft & Needle sleep amenities. Mint customers enjoy delicious, restaurant-style small plates curated by Delicious Hospitality Group’s (DHG) popular New York City restaurants Legacy Records, Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones. Their inventive culinary style and hospitality expertise brings the best inflight dining experience to Mint tray tables.


Core customers enjoy a boutique-style experience no matter where they sit with the most legroom in coach(a) as well as innovative, fresh meals crafted specifically for the A321neo with Mint aircraft. JetBlue worked with NYC-based culinary partner DIG to design an innovative and high-quality menu that more closely aligns with the beloved culinary experience on JetBlue’s A321 Long Range transatlantic routes. Upon launch, options for core customers will include crepes with smoked turkey, brie and caramelized onion jam; herb and cheese frittata; pesto pasta salad with grilled chicken; and sesame noodles with ginger garlic tofu, carrots and daikon.

All customers stay connected throughout the flight with fast, free and unlimited high-speed Fly-Fi(b) and have access to a wide selection of entertainment, including exclusive content from Peacock. To honour the new destination, JetBlue’s seatback screens will also offer a curated catalogue of Irish entertainment, including films such as Belfast, Once and Brooklyn, and specially-curated audio stories about Ireland from travel storytelling platform Autio. All customers are able to enjoy a multi-screen experience onboard – just like they do at home.

04 March, 2024

JetBlue and Spirit give up on merger deal

JetBlue pulls out of Spirit Airlines takeover deal as it seeks to return to profitability.



The hometown airline of New York has decided to pull out of the takeover or merger as they preferred to call it, of the budget airline Spirit both carriers confirmed today. 

Pulling out of the deal is costing JetBlue a compensation payment of $69 million, in addition to the $480 million the company has already spent on the project which would have made a big impact on the American aviation industry. 

The two airlines have mutually agreed to terminate the $3.8bn deal as the required closing conditions, including receiving necessary legal and regulatory approvals, were unlikely to be met by the merger agreement’s outside date of July 24, 2024.Joanna Geraghty, chief executive officer of JetBlue said:  “We believed this merger was worth pursuing because it would have unleashed a national low-fare, high-value competitor to the Big Four airlines. We are proud of the work we did with Spirit to lay out a vision to challenge the status quo, but given the hurdles to closing that remain, we decided together that both airlines’ interests are better served by moving forward independently. We wish the very best going forward to the entire Spirit team.”

Following the deal being blocked by a US judge in January on anti-competition concerns, there seemed no way forward for the deal. In a recent shareholders call, the focus for JetBlue was to return to sustained profitability, drive up shareholder value and concentrate on its core strengths.  Geraghty added “We have already begun to advance our plan to restore profitability. We look forward to sharing more on our progress in the coming months.”  The airline plans to cement its network relevance in its home markets as well as enhance its products and services.  

Ted Christie, Spirit's President and Chief Executive Officer said: "After discussing our options with our advisors and JetBlue, we concluded that current regulatory obstacles will not permit us to close this transaction in a timely fashion under the merger agreement," 

"We are disappointed we cannot move forward with a deal that would save hundreds of millions for consumers and create a real challenger to the dominant "Big 4" U.S. airlines. However, we remain confident in our future as a successful independent airline. We wish the JetBlue team well."  

01 March, 2024

JetBlue and Empire State Development unveiled the newly rebranded Skywalk at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Terminal 5 in New York


New York's self-titled 'hometown' airline JetBlue and Empire State Development marked a significant milestone yesterday as they unveiled the newly rebranded Skywalk at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) Terminal 5 in New York. 

Photo JetBlue

The Skywalk serves as a crucial link within Terminal 5, seamlessly connecting millions of travelers to and from parking garages, AirTrain services, and the broader NYC-metro area to the heart of JetBlue’s operations at JFK. The redesign and installation of the updated Skywalk were generously funded by Empire State Development, further underscoring the state’s commitment to enhancing travel experiences in partnership with JetBlue. The revitalized Skywalk, from its design to production and installation, was a collaborative effort involving the teams at Prophet and Jack Morton.

JetBlue takes pride in its role as New York’s Hometown Airline and celebrates the success of this partnership alongside Empire State Development and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The new Skywalk branding incorporates innovative panels designed to enhance visual appeal while showcasing JetBlue’s distinctive and dynamic visual identity. In addition to serving as a functional pathway, the branding offers travel tips and destination insights, encouraging JetBlue customers to explore the diverse offerings of New York State. This commitment to New York is evident throughout the redesigned branding, reflecting JetBlue’s dedication not only to facilitating seamless travel but also to fostering a sense of pride in the state among its customers.
Photo JetBlue

17 February, 2024

JetBlue lines up two new independent directors...

JetBlue has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Icahn Enterprises L.P., a major shareholder of JetBlue, under which Jesse Lynn, general counsel of Icahn Enterprises, and Steven Miller, portfolio manager of Icahn Capital, will join the airline’s board of directors. Lynn and Miller will serve as non-voting observers to the board through JetBlue’s annual meeting of stockholders this spring, after which time they will join the board as full voting members.

Peter Boneparth, chair of the JetBlue board, said, “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Icahn Enterprises. Our board and leadership team are focusing our full attention on taking aggressive action to return to profitability and strengthen JetBlue’s foundation for the future. We welcome Jesse and Steven to the board. With their experience on public company boards, often when navigating key inflection points, they will add useful insights as we set JetBlue on a path back to long-term sustainable growth and shareholder value creation.”

08 February, 2024

Marty St. George Named President of JetBlue

JetBlue has confirmed the appointment of Marty St. George as the company’s next president, effective February 26, 2024. He will report to Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s current president and incoming chief executive officer.

Since 2020, St. George has served as chief commercial officer at LATAM Airlines Group, Latin America’s largest airline holding company, in Santiago, Chile. Prior to joining LATAM, he operated an airline strategy consulting practice, where he served airline and travel industry clients, including a role as interim Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA. He previously served as a member of JetBlue’s leadership team from 2006-2019.

Over the span of 13 years with JetBlue – beginning as vice president, planning, later senior vice president marketing and commercial, and ultimately executive vice president and chief commercial officer – St. George was a key architect of the carrier’s focus city strategy, led its successful entry into airline partnerships, and oversaw its distinctive brand and innovative product strategy. Prior to JetBlue, he held marketing and network planning leadership roles over nearly two decades at United and US Airways.

In his new role as president, St. George will lead JetBlue’s commercial functions – including marketing, loyalty, network planning, airline partnerships, sales and revenue management – along with customer support, enterprise and operational planning, and corporate communications. He’ll also have oversight of JetBlue Travel Products (JTP), an important growth area for the company, which will continue to be led day-to-day by its president, Andres Barry.

02 February, 2024

JetBlue names Warren Christie as Chief Operating Officer

President & COO Joanna Geraghty Transitions to CEO, Effective February 12, 2024


JetBlue announced the promotion of Warren Christie to chief operating officer effective February 12, 2024, concurrent with the previously announced transition of current president and chief operating officer Joanna Geraghty to the role of chief executive officer. Christie will report to Geraghty.

“I’m thrilled that my first leadership appointment is to promote Warren into the role of chief operating officer, where he will help lead our teams in our effort to improve reliability and restore profitability in our airline,” said Geraghty. “With 35 years of aviation experience – 21 of those at JetBlue – he is well positioned to help us tackle the unique challenges we face while continuing to lead with safety as a core element of our culture.”

Christie currently serves as head of safety, security, fleet operations, airports and JetBlue University. In his newly expanded role, Christie will lead the airline’s day-to-day operational performance assuming responsibility for the airline’s safe and reliable operations, overseeing JetBlue’s airports, flight ops, inflight experience, safety, security, system operations, and technical operations functions, as well as JetBlue University’s training academy.

Christie said: “JetBlue has a beloved brand and culture, and to keep customers coming back we must run a reliable operation and deliver on JetBlue’s award-winning service consistently. I will work to ensure our frontline crewmembers have the right systems, resources, and tools to support their continued success.”

Christie has a robust aviation career spanning 30+ years. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1988, he was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Navy where he piloted the F/A-18 Hornet. He served as a Naval Aviator and instructed at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) where he led staff and student training and was responsible for the design of the graduate level strike-fighter tactics training curriculum.

Christie joined JetBlue in 2003 holding a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including vice president, operations planning and training; vice president, JetBlue University; senior vice president, safety, security, and air operations; senior vice president, regulatory and training; and senior vice president, safety, security, fleet operations, airports and JetBlue University.

10 January, 2024

Joanna Geraghty to be next CEO of JetBlue

JetBlue Airways has announced that Joanna Geraghty, currently the company’s president and chief operating officer, will succeed Robin Hayes as chief executive officer, effective February 12, 2024. Hayes will continue to serve on the company’s Board of Directors until that time, at which point Geraghty will join the Board. Hayes will serve as a strategic advisor to the company over the coming months.

Hayes said: “It’s bittersweet to retire from this airline I love, but I will always feel a part of the JetBlue team and be rooting for its continued success. For nearly 35 years – both at British Airways and here at JetBlue – I’ve loved working in this industry. However, the extraordinary challenges and pressure of this job have taken their toll, and on the advice of my doctor and after talking to my wife, it’s time I put more focus on my health and well-being. I am deeply grateful for these many exciting years and I feel very lucky to have worked at an airline with a brand, culture, and team that are simply unlike any other in the world.

“It has been a privilege to lead JetBlue for the past nine years, and I am proud of all we have accomplished. With a rigorous succession plan in place, the board and I are confident that Joanna is more than ready given her critical role in running JetBlue’s day-to-day business and positioning the airline for success. She guided the operation through the most turbulent time in airline history, has overseen the development and execution of new commercial initiatives, and has tirelessly worked to make JetBlue a better place for our crewmembers and customers. She has been actively engaged in our integration planning with respect to our proposed Spirit transaction. In addition, Joanna and the team have developed a strong plan for JetBlue as we work to return to profitability. For all these reasons, I know the airline is well equipped to continue driving progress and I can pass the baton with confidence knowing she is the right leader at the right time for our airline.”

Peter Boneparth, chair of JetBlue’s Board, said, “On behalf of the entire Board, I want to congratulate Joanna and thank Robin for his contributions and outstanding leadership. Robin guided the airline through significant change and innovation, caring for the unique JetBlue culture while also instilling a value creation mindset across the organization and positioning us for sustainable future growth. We especially appreciate Robin’s willingness to continue to extend his tenure through the unprecedented challenges of the COVID crisis, and then again as we pursued our plan for the transformational Spirit acquisition.

09 January, 2024

JetBlue announces President & COO Joanna Geraghty to succeed Robin Hayes, as CEO effective February 12, 2024

JetBlue Airways has announced that Joanna Geraghty, currently the company’s president and chief operating officer, will succeed Robin Hayes as chief executive officer, effective February 12, 2024. Hayes will continue to serve on the company’s Board of Directors until that time, at which point Geraghty will join the Board. Hayes will serve as a strategic advisor to the company over the coming months.

Hayes said: “It’s bittersweet to retire from this airline I love, but I will always feel a part of the JetBlue team and be rooting for its continued success. For nearly 35 years – both at British Airways and here at JetBlue – I’ve loved working in this industry. However, the extraordinary challenges and pressure of this job have taken their toll, and on the advice of my doctor and after talking to my wife, it’s time I put more focus on my health and well-being. I am deeply grateful for these many exciting years and I feel very lucky to have worked at an airline with a brand, culture, and team that are simply unlike any other in the world.

“It has been a privilege to lead JetBlue for the past nine years, and I am proud of all we have accomplished. With a rigorous succession plan in place, the board and I are confident that Joanna is more than ready given her critical role in running JetBlue’s day-to-day business and positioning the airline for success. She guided the operation through the most turbulent time in airline history, has overseen the development and execution of new commercial initiatives, and has tirelessly worked to make JetBlue a better place for our crewmembers and customers. She has been actively engaged in our integration planning with respect to our proposed Spirit transaction. In addition, Joanna and the team have developed a strong plan for JetBlue as we work to return to profitability. For all these reasons, I know the airline is well equipped to continue driving progress and I can pass the baton with confidence knowing she is the right leader at the right time for our airline.”

Peter Boneparth, chair of JetBlue’s Board, said, “On behalf of the entire Board, I want to congratulate Joanna and thank Robin for his contributions and outstanding leadership. Robin guided the airline through significant change and innovation, caring for the unique JetBlue culture while also instilling a value creation mindset across the organization and positioning us for sustainable future growth. We especially appreciate Robin’s willingness to continue to extend his tenure through the unprecedented challenges of the COVID crisis, and then again as we pursued our plan for the transformational Spirit acquisition.

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